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“Beautiful gardens near downtown Portland”

Portland Japanese Garden
Ranked #3 of 453 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
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We had a free morning and had read that the Japanese Gardens were on the list of top 5 things to do while in Portland; well, it certainly did not disappoint! What a beautiful place to wander around with so many twists and turns between bridges and paths, the tea garden/room, the koi pond, and trickling waterfalls. Definitely worth 2-3 hours of your time!

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a really nice Japanese garden and a must if you are in the Portland area. There is a shuttle that takes you to the walk in point, but you can also climb a short set of steps up a hill to get there. Not a tiring climb for anyone between the ages of 5 and 70. Very beautiful moss gardens, lots of ferns, and really big pine trees. The rhodedendrons I bet are fabulous in the spring (we were there in October). Very peaceful with a lot of water features that are extremely tasteful and natural in appearance. You have to check out the pruning of the shrubbery. Who knew how beautiful some of these rangy shrubs could be by clipping the lower branches to reveal the structure of the tree or shrub leaving it with a floating open crown of delicate green leaves. All I can say is WOW! I am doing to try some of this on my bushes back home!

Thank barbara r
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Not to be missed if you're in Portland. Extensive, well cared for, serene, unique and one of the most beautiful gardens we've ever visited.

Thank Sally G
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Getting to the garden was a bit of a challenge. I highly recommend a call before you go to clarify directions rather than GPS. Be forewarned the address here on TA is not correct!

However what awaits you once you arrive is a positively beautiful impeccably well maintained garden. I regret would missing this garden and encourage you to go and experience it for yourself. If you are a photographer be prepared to spend a great deal of time photographing what has been created as well that's what it is natural.

Absolutely worth the trouble to find. Most definitely worth the time to see. Don't miss it. Spectacular!

Thank David S
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Garden is beautiful and serene, with exquisitely cultivated plants and trees. It includes a variety of garden experiences, including lovely waterways, a koi pond, wooded paths, a meditation garden, and other raked stone and plant gardens that are the pinnacle of aesthetics. On clear days there is a lovely view of Mt. Hood and the city.

Thank lulu213
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