Portland Japanese Garden

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Portland Japanese Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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, classrooms, exhibition and gallery space, and the Umami Cafe.
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AndreaUbok
Florida2,700 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We’ve been to Japan and we have the Morikami Japanese Garden and museum near us in Florida. We purchased $19 tickets, We’re given a map and walked up the hill To the cultural village. The café, gift shop, concierge desk and village with information about Japanese culture and Arts was here.

We stood online, put on masks and waited for our turn to go into the pavilion gallery. This Japanese structure housed beautiful, colorful modern Japanese screens and paintings.
There weren’t directions and they were a few markings pointing us and identifying each garden. With the sun shining brightly it was even difficult to read my garden guide.

The Japanese garden was founded in 1963 and contains five different gardens each representing a different period of Japanese history and culture.

1. There were about eight bonsai’s a few dating back over 200 years

2. The Flat in Garden represents the seasons with raked gravel representing the water

3. The sand and stone garden represents the beauty of blank space and openness

4. Add the strolling pond garden we walked across the Moon Bridge and looked across the lower pond towards the heavenly falls

5. The tea Garden and tea house where where they would be a tea ceremony

6. The Natural Garden was my favorite with the zigzag bridge going across the koi pond with beautiful huge irises in bloom.
Written June 21, 2021
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Thomas K
Clinton, SC48 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
The garden is very peaceful and Serene. For the cost of under 20 bucks you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. The fish are huge in the waterfall pond, and even let me pet them gently. The view of mount Hood and the city in the foreground from behind the main Japanese building was by itself worth my 40 minute walk and ticket charge.
Written June 21, 2020
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA440 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Beautiful and calm and more than just a garden, The garden is not that large but feels bigger than it is. When you arrive they will provide you a map of the layout. The garden is kept in good shape and in the garden you can find a couple different shopping opportunities with some very nice Japanese items. There was some food available. The cost of the garden is expensive and tickets are sold for specific times so you are better off buying tickets before you go as it is not unusual to find a line to purchase tickets if you go during the prime times. It was a highlight for my wife.
Written September 12, 2021
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Sawadeeann
Oahu, HI370 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I wanted to love this place, but only liked it. Parts were closed such as the interactive lessons buildings.
I felt the admission fee was higher than necessary. It took us all of 45 minutes tops to go through the entire gardens and we took our time. Are they beautiful? Yes. Just not as big as I was lead to believe. Lots of work has been placed with pruning and such, albeit. However, I was disappointed in how quickly we moved through the entire place.
We made reservations for the tea house as required. Again, sadly disappointed. Was the tea good? Yes. However for $12 and a tablespoon sized portion of cake, I felt it was a terrible rip off. We are from Hawaii so we know our teas and Japanese sweets. Perhaps for the persons are being educated on Japanese gardens and tea, this is an experience. Your tea set includes 3 cups of tea. You signal them when you are ready by placing your pot on the side of the table. My initial cup of tea was lukewarm. Very disappointing. Each cup became progressively hotter as they reused the tea leaves so not sure if the hotter water each time was to “reactivate them”. Also, not trying to be racist, but we saw absolutely no Asians working in the gardens nor the tea house. Somehow, this diminished the legitimacy of it all. Again, I am sure there was great research done, but to have a “traditional “ tea made, brought and explained by blonde personnel didn’t seem right. I’d also like to hear traditional Japanese music playing in the tea house instead of light rock. There didn’t seem to be anything traditional about it and it was hard to sip and be part of the experience. Mind you our server stated she visited Japan so there was that and she was attentive.
All in all, I would not return. At least not for that price which I’m sure goes to maintain the gardens. It is beautiful though and the koi pond is beautiful to watch as well.
Written August 12, 2021
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Elizabeth R
Kirkland, WA183 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Had a wonderful time exploring this beautiful garden. The admission is around 19.00 per adult and 8.00 for all day parking. The shady trees helped during the warm summer day that we went. This is a good and decent walk; not recommended for strollers and wheelchairs as there are many inclines and stairs. We loved this place. A little piece of heaven in Portland.
Written August 3, 2020
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Decafftea
10 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Visited on a snowy day, I imagine it’s a very different experience to a summers day.

The gardens were beautiful and well worth a visit, they are a step away from the busy city and very calming.

I loved the block artwork. There was an extremely knowledgeable staff member there who told us some history behind the art.
Written January 2, 2022
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Ang22Eugene
Eugene, Oregon22 contributions
Jul 2021
There are many things to love about the Portland Japanese Garden. One of my favorite parts was the Zen garden of raked sand and some stones. It was beautiful, simple yet complex in execution. I also really liked the eternal energy device, with water going into and out of a bamboo device, like self perpetuating motion. Lovely!
Written April 22, 2022
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DONNY S
Boynton Beach, FL407 contributions
Aug 2021
We have the Morikami Japanese gardens near us in Florida. These gardens were at best on par with the gardens that we have near us. The price is higher here. You have to walk up to get to the gardens. If we hadn't booked the guided tour before we left we would have been wandering around without knowing what the gardens were about. We took public transportation because parking can be very difficult.
Written August 18, 2021
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Melanie T
New York City, NY4,324 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Came by on a Sunday at around 1 pm. We knew there wouldn't be much to see in terms of flowers since it's the wintertime, but we still wanted to check it out nonetheless. Adult tickets are $19, which is pretty pricey for a garden but everything does look meticulously in place, so I guess that's the reason for the high price tag. The grounds are really nice and it's pretty spacious. But even with all that space, it was still pretty crowded at the time we went. That being said, I'd definitely recommend going early.
Written March 9, 2022
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Eve M
Hoboken, NJ26 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
The Gardens are pretty but nothing mind blowing- can walk it in 25 minutes and mostly ferns, bushes and a few water features. Yes fun to look at the Koi pond and they had 7 bonsai trees which were the most interesting. One was 200 years old but for $18 entry fee i would skip if you are taking kids etc. or you just feel like you would be missing out on some great thing- kids will be bored and you aren’t missing much. Or of course if gardens are your thing then have at it but I wasn’t really impressed.
Written July 12, 2021
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