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“Puts you in a meditative state”

Portland Japanese Garden
Ranked #3 of 445 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
Portland, OR
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50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Puts you in a meditative state”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

A lot of care has gone into planting and caring for this garden and it shows. It is outstandingly beautiful and serene. Every planting, building and rock contributes to the experience. Even when there are a lot of visitors, you feel like you are in a world of your own. When I was there in June the variety of tree foliage provided as much brilliant color as the flowers. Should not be missed.

Visited June 2013
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JapaneseGardenPDX, Public Relations Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Each person who visits the Garden seems to leave with their own special feeling and memories. Thank you for taking the time to stroll the Garden. We hope you return again soon.
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New York City, New York
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“Heavenly Bliss in Portland”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

This has to be my FAVORITE BOTANIC Garden anywhere!! I can't ever come to Portland without coming to this absolute jewel. I've heard it said that even people from Japan say it is one of the most spectacular Japanese Gardens anywhere. My most recent trip found the rhodos, camellias and azaleas in full bloom. It is transcendent bliss to stroll the grounds. BRAVO!!!

Visited April 2014
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JapaneseGardenPDX, Public Relations Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Thank you for your kind words. How delightful that you found the Garden full of spring color. Please come again and visit in every season. We hope to see you soon.
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Washington
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“Autumn at the Gardens”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Don't forget that Autumn is just as amazing as Spring time at the Portland Japanese Garden's..........!

So if you're looking for a stroll to view some Fall colors this year remember to put this destination on your wish list...............!

Visited October 2013
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JapaneseGardenPDX, Public Relations Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Thank you for sharing your lovely fall image. Yes, autumn is a favorite time here at the Garden and we appreciate you reminding visitors that there is something beautiful to find here in every season.
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Alberta
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

It felt like you had left the city and gone to a place of peace and tranquility. It was exactly what you would expect from a Japanese Garden. Probably one of the nicest Japanese Gardens outside of Japan.

Visited May 2014
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JapaneseGardenPDX, Public Relations Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Please come and visit again soon. We love provided a respite from the world right inside the middle of this lovely city of Portland.
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Oregon City, Oregon
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“Serene, Peaceful”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Allow plenty of time to enjoy the Japanese Garden, and visit the gift shop. While you're there, sign up to receive notification of special events like exhibits, etc. It's the most serene place to visit this side of Nara, Japan.

Visited July 2013
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JapaneseGardenPDX, Public Relations Manager at Portland Japanese Garden, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Thank you for reminding visitors to come prepared to take their time and relax as they stroll the Garden. It's important to let yourself soak in the tranquility and serenity of the Garden. Please come and visit us again soon.
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