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“Beautiful tranquility” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden
Ranked #3 of 440 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

Rhododendrons would be in bloom through May & there are few other flowers, but the various textures & elements make it delightful any time. The major components (just like any Japanese garden) are stones, water, & plants arranged delightfully by a Japanese landscape architecture professor. Be sure to enjoy at least part of the public tours offered 3 times daily (free with garden admission).

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Albuquerque, NM
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“Stunning and peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

We really enjoyed this garden, having been to Japanese gardens in Japan and at Buchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. You can take your time and enjoy the relative quiet. There are many amazing moments. You can do it as quickly as you like, or take your time. Come out feeling way mellowed out.

Visited June 2012
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Seattle
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“Worth the hike from the Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Hiking the arboretum trails to find the Japanese Garden was a challenge but we were well rewarded with a beautiful, serene visit. I would recommend visiting early in the day or late for a quieter time. You need a minimum of one hour to explore and one hour to enjoy the serenity.

Visited June 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Travel to Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Having travelled to Japan previously, this is as close to being there as I can imagine. The layout and planning is Fantastic and takes much time to emjoy thoroughly. Waterfalls and trees and flowers enhance the soul and are a visual delight. Easy to get there by public transport. Of course, there's the rose garden to enjoy equally, immediately adjacent

Visited June 2012
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Chico, CA
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“Serenity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

This has got to be one of the most peaceful places on earth, and beautiful too.

Visited June 2012
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