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“Fantastic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
+1 503-223-1321
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Ranked #4 of 586 things to do in Portland
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty in all seasons. Throughout the year, the Garden offers arts and culture exhibitions, festivals, educational programs, and horticultural workshops. A must-see when visiting the Pacific NW United States.
Cookeville, Tennessee
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a real Japanese garden. We took the free guided tour which lasted about 90 minutes, We learned a lot about Japanese garden design Then we spent several hours relaxing and enjoying the garden.

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“Peaceful Attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a not to be missed attraction in Portland. This garden is one of the most beautiful outside of Japan. I would recommend a guided tour as it adds much to your knowledge of Japanese Customs. There are plenty of quiet spots for reflection. Go in the morning to avoid crowds. The driveway to the entrance is very steep and long. A shuttle is provided but check that it is running. Parking is at a premium so public transportation is a good option. The is a charge for admission. We will go back when we are here next year.

Visited August 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“A gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Well worth the visit. Try visiting on a weekday so that you can appreciate the detail.

If you have smaller kids, keep them on a leash so that they do not mess up the rock displays or try to jump in the koi ponds.

Visited September 2013
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“striking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is an amazing garden. It is the only one of its' kind outside of Japan so if you go to Portland where there isn't THAT much to do, check out the Japanese Garden AND the Rose Garden. As an aside, there is a very moving Holocaust memorial in this area and well worth the time to read and contemplate.

Visited August 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Every bit as inspirational as everyone says it is”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The garden is open until 7 p.m. in summer so we drove up there after an afternoon rest and arrive around 5 p.m., when the afternoon light was slanting through the trees and lighting up the moss. It was also relatively uncrowded at that hour. Portland's wet climate lends itself to water and moss, and these ingredients, along with traditional stone and gravel and simple layouts, make this garden very special.

Visited August 2013
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