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Portland Japanese Garden

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Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205-5886
Phone Number: +1 503-223-1321
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the...

Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty in all four seasons. In 2016 and 2017 the Garden is undergoing a major expansion project which will add a Cultural Village -- complete with classroom, exhibition, and gallery space and an authentic Japanese Tea Cafe -- outside the original Garden's gates.

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Wonderful cultural experience

The gardens (there are several distinct gardens within the attraction) are quite lovely and relaxing. They offer free tours with volunteer guides, and I recommend doing one, to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Washington, DC
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The gardens (there are several distinct gardens within the attraction) are quite lovely and relaxing. They offer free tours with volunteer guides, and I recommend doing one, to learn about the horticulture and Japanese culture. There is parking available, or one can easily take public transportation, using the trolley to the zoo, and then hopping on the free shuttle.

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Indio, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The serenity is worth the visit to see the simplistic manner in which the various “spaces” are laid out. A side note that if not familiar with Japanese Gardens one might expect more as we were quite unsure what to expect. The long –long walk up is not easy for many. With more steps than ramps, so if faint of... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Japanese Gardens in Portland is a spot of pure beauty, and tranquility. After a 3 day workshop I went here to relax for a few minutes, and found paradise. The landscaping is an art form, the water features provide a very zen experience, and you find yourself relaxing in a matter of minutes. I highly recommend coming here, I... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had heard wonderful things about this garden and showed up early to enjoy it hopefully before it became crowded and noisy. Once there, I was told there was construction and if I came back after 1 pm (which I did) it would be quiet. I took the advice, so did everyone else. It was extremely crowded and still filled... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visit here often when I am in Portland. If the maple trees are red it is not to be missed. It is a beautiful garden and very tranquil in some areas, even when it is crowded. Currently, there is a lot of construction which should add to the garden but for now makes it garden with construction. The trip... More 

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Thurman, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'll get the negative out of the way first. There is a huge hill to hike up as the place is under construction BUT if you're patient they had a shuttle running @ every 15 minutes and I did do that. Also there are plenty of stairs to walk once inside so it's not the best attraction for the disabled.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely place to spend the afternoon. I would go again. It is a hike up to the gardens, fine for me, but not as good for my mother-in-law with bad knees. I believe there is a shuttle bus that takes you to the top of the hill instead of climbing, and I would recommend it. DO NOT bring a stroller... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've never been to Japan, but I believe that Portland's Japanese garden captured it well. Every vista and trickling sound was exquisitely considered. I knocked a star off for three reasons. First, it was crowded. More often than not, I was in a line of people walking through the narrower parts. Second, you need to be in shape to get... More 

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Discover Portland's hidden gem. Allow at least a couple of hours to take in all the well-manicured beauty of this expanding treasure. The volunteer guides are well versed in all the Japanese traditions represented in this spiritual setting and we suggest you check out the best times to join the groups. When you're feeling the need to just get away... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lots of hills and not good for physically challenged people. It is a beautiful place, however. It is currently being renovated so construction can be heard throughout the area. Still a peaceful place to go!

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