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Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty in all four seasons. In Spring of 2017, the Garden opened its new Cultural Village, complete with new garden spaces...more
Super disappointed as we went here after reading reviews. Expensive at $17 per ticket to walk through a mostly unlabeled "garden" with a "view" of the city mostly clouded by the trees. It is more like a pretty park. There were employees trying to keep...More
JapaneseGardenPDX, Guest Relations Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago
Thank you for sharing your experience at the Garden. I'm very sorry to hear your didn't enjoy your visit.
The Portland Japanese Garden is 55-year old aesthetic Garden, built on the site of the old Oregon zoo. While it might seem like a untouched 'natural'...More
One of my absolute favorite places in Portland. Recently remodeled, the Japanese Garden is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature, especially when the weather is nice! Koi ponds, tea houses, and scenic views of the city...what more could you ask for?
Beautiful and peaceful. Nice place to walk around, seat, meditate. I will visit again. It is little expensive the visit ticket I think I paid $20 or more. It is worth it. Bring water. In the summer is hot. They have a cafeteria but it...More
JapaneseGardenPDX, Front Office Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago
Thank you so much for your review of the Garden. We're very glad to hear you enjoyed you visit. I wanted to share our current ticket prices for your reference. Thank you again!
SUMMER PRICES (MAY 1-SEPT. 30)
Senior (65+): $14.50
Visited on a Saturday in July...I would love to see the park with less other people. There are wonderful benches and places for reflection.
It was worth the $17 entry fee. But it does not take the whole day so it is a price consideration....More
A very soothing group of gardens with beautiful symbols of the Shinto Japanese culture is the way,I would describe this garden. You will have beautiful views from the gardens since they are situated on a hill in Washington Park. The garden is located at the...More
If you're looking for a serene, peaceful, beautiful getaway, you MUST go to the Japanese Gardens. The staff is friendly, the shuttle is helpful, and the walking paths are just outstanding. Great place!
This was a nice side trip in Portland. We were there on a beautiful day and the gardens were in great shape. But it wasn't drop dead gorgeous and quite expensive for what it was. If you don't have time to visit you haven't missed...More
Truly a beautiful and serene garden. Like nothing I’ve ever seen in this country. The manicured gardens, water falls, ponds, bridges and overall environs encourages you to slow down and appreciate all the beauty around you. A magnificent garden.
You should “stop and smell the...More
In terms of the drive, it depends on where your from. If your from Beaverton, Aloha, Hillsboro, Tigard, or cities of the metropolitan area the drive is pretty easy. If you're from further out, either from Washington or more... More
In terms of the drive, it depends on where your from. If your from Beaverton, Aloha, Hillsboro, Tigard, or cities of the metropolitan area the drive is pretty easy. If you're from further out, either from Washington or more out towards the freeway, the drive can be a bit more challenging due to traffic.
As for the Japanese Garden- I personally think it's beautiful no matter what the season but it's definitely not the season of Autumn leaves or Spring cherry blossoms. Generally, Winter doesn't allow for a lot flowers to bloom in the garden, but it's very green and if you manage to go when there's snow- it is very stunning (though the park might be closed in that case anyway).
Personally, I'd recommend going by MAX and taking a shuttle up to the garden if your location allows it, but if you wanted to drive you most certainly could. In terms of the season I'd recommend, I would definitely recommend Spring or Fall because of all the beautiful flowers you wanted to see. Summer is a god season to go too, but it generally won't have the foliage you desire.
Hope this helps!