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Portland Japanese Garden

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Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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+1 503-223-1321
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Lovely and serene

Brought my two teenagers here while on vacation and it was wonderful! The gardens are beautiful and it was nice to sit quietly and reflect. Unfortunately, some other visitors... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 9, 2015
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Rocklin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2015

Brought my two teenagers here while on vacation and it was wonderful! The gardens are beautiful and it was nice to sit quietly and reflect. Unfortunately, some other visitors brought young children here which ruined parts of the visit. Kids jumping in the streams, yelling, trying to catch the koi, etc. It is a great place for older kids and... More 

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McCook, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2015

We went on a Saturday afternoon, and I felt lucky to be able to use the Hillsboro library's free pass because I would have been very disappointed had I paid to see this garden. It is a small. It is crowded. There was not a single bloom present in August. The beautiful Japanese maple tree featured in the famous photo... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2015

Troubled by the hectic hassle of being a holiday maker? Where were we yesterday? And those voices everywhere shouting ‘ OMG ‘ at every new sight? Head to Portland’s Japanese garden. This must be one of the most calming and gracious spots in our crowded world. Here as W B Yeats wrote about his lake isle, ‘ Peace comes dropping... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2015

If you like gardens at all, then this is not to be missed. I've not seen many Japanese gardens but I do like their tranquility. We took a tour and I would recommend doing that. You get such a great explanation of what Japanese gardens in general and this one in particular are all about. Visited the Emperor's gardens in... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2015

What a beautiful garden, so serene and nicely laid out. We loved how it sat within the natural setting of the Northwest landscape. Water was involved throughout which adds such a nice dimension and the levels of the meandering walk throughout brought new views and angles of seeing the same area. We loved it and highly recommend taking the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

Went to visit the garden when I was in town. Awesome scenery & friendly staff. Would recommend to visit if you are in town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2015

Beautiful, peaceful Japanese garden. Get there early before crowd. Follow the guided map to see all the tucked away gardens. Lovely gift shop, too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful Garden. Please check website for hours of operation as Monday opens noon to 7. There is also free shuttle which will take you up if you use wheel chair . You have to walk through the ramp to the entrance ( no wheel chair access , please take free shuttle if you use wheel chair )

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

We visit here every time we are in Portland. Timeless, peaceful, beautiful. The setting is perfect. Special exhibit this time of two pieces that had traveled across the Pacific after the tsunami in Japan and washed up on the Oregon coast.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2015

Nice beautiful little garden. As with all Japanese gardens, there are ponds, rocks and stones, manicured trees. How these are arranged and landscaped to a large extend determines the beauty and serenity of the garden. This garden, despite being a little on the small side, manages to have all these elements well placed and landscape. If you are in Portland,... More 

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