I'm afraid I'm spoiled growing up in the SF Bay Area. I like the SF Japanese Garden much more than this one. Now I must also caveat this rating by the time of year we visited. We were here in Early October. The leaves weren't quite changing yet and it wasn't springtime when things are blossoming. The colors were rather flat and monotone.
It does seem like a great place to meditate. Numerous spots to reflect quietly.
There is a little complimentary shuttle bus that can drive you up from the main parking lot by the tennis courts to the entrance. You can also walk up the hill.
A local Portlander also told me that these gardens are OK in their point of view as well and not a must-do when visiting. Unless of course, you've never been to a Japanese Garden ever.
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