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“Well worth your time”

Portland Japanese Garden
Ranked #3 of 447 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 Spring of 2017, the Garden opened its new Cultural Village, complete with new garden spaces, classrooms, exhibition and gallery space, and the Umami Cafe.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Kowloon
Level 6 Contributor
242 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Well worth your time”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

A lovely and authentic Japanese garden. The koi are beautiful and will keep you in rapt attention if you let them. There has been lots of rigorous pruning. to turn this garden into a work of art. If can accept this, you will be delighted. If you are into unimpeded nature then this is not the place for you.

Visited August 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“This is a world class Japanese garden”
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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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Gorgeous”
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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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Authentic and peaceful”
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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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Pretty”
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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