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“This is a world class Japanese garden” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden
Ranked #4 of 437 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.
Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“This is a world class Japanese garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Portland has one of the finest traditional Japanese gardens in the world. It is easily walkable and most of it is accessible. There is a traditional Japanese house, a pagoda, a tea house, a shinto gate, a stone reflection garden, and gorgeous mature plantings. It is also impeccably kept. It is truly a peaceful place, and people often come here just to sit. Members are allowed in early, before the gates open to the public, when it's most quiet. This garden is a real jewel, right in the middle of Portland.

Visited November 2012
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New Castle, Colorado
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“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Loved everything, especially the water features. The gazebos, fountains, landscaping and design seemed authentic. Our daughter lives in Portland and I hope to return many times as we visit her. There was nothing we did not like

Visited August 2012
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Brooklyn, NY
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“Authentic and peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went on a free one-hour tour at the Portland Japanese Garden. The tour guide was knowledgeable and the garden was incredibly peaceful. It's hard to believe that it was created in the US with plants that are native to the US, and feel so authentically Japanese. The garden is beautiful and a must see.

Visited August 2012
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Rainier, Oregon
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Pretty”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Pretty gardens but in my opinion not hardly worth the hype. These are beautiful gardens but I couldn't see why the huge fuss. It didn't seem to be worthy of the hype but that's just my opinion

Visited April 2012
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Canby, Oregon, United States
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“Beautiful gardens any season”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have gone to this garden many times in my life. I like the fall the best because of the maple leaves changing color.

Visited September 2012
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