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“A pleasant surprise” 4 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.
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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“A pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Well worth the money for such beautiful surroundings. I recommend the tour to fully understand the designs and various plants. I hadn't planned to visit, but was very glad I did.

Visited July 2014
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“Serene”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A beautiful garden. But said to be better in Spring, when all is blooming or Fall, change of colors but beautiful, $9.50 for adults to enter

Visited August 2014
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“Beautiful and Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A serene, beautiful place to visit. Each garden (there are 5 of them, from the natural and almost wild to the very stylized and Zen) will offer you something very special. Take the time to sit in a bench or alcove, or stand on one of the bridges and absorb the ambience and feel your stress melt away. As you walk into the Gardens, there is a strong feeling of leaving the rest of the World behind and stepping into a peaceful serene place that will stay with you for at least the rest of the day. Spring, summer, fall and winter will decorate this magical place with a wide-ranging palette of colors, textures, sounds and aromas.

Visited May 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Lucky Portland to have such a beautiful garden to call its own”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I've been to Portland twice and both times I went to the Japanese Garden. It is a well tended garden and not so large that you can't see it all. I was lucky to visit the garden during the fall season, and the colors were spectacular. I think I took over 100 photos of the trees and sculptures on that fall trip to the garden. The entry fee is a bit steep - especially if you are paying for a big party. If your budget is tight, there are days when the gardens are FREE. I wanted to avoid any chance of a crowd and gladly forked over the full price admission fee. On our most recent trip to the garden, we were lucky enough to find an art exhibit in the house located on the grounds. It was really interesting - a mix of photographs of icebergs along with glassworks inspired by the photos.

If you love gardens and think wandering around trees puts you in a zen place, then you should definitely visit the Portland Japanese Garden.

Visited November 2013
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“Absolutely Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

While there is a fee to enter the gardens, this is a very special place. It is worth the entrance fee and plan to stroll, sit and enjoy this peaceful place. The museum store there is fabulous, with truly special pieces to purchase with a Japanese theme.

Visited August 2014
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