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Portland Japanese Garden

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Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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+1 503-223-1321
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10:00 - 19:00
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Mon 12:00 - 19:00
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the...

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.

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This gem of a garden was the highlight of our visit to Portland. Getting there (via bus) was a bit tricky, but it was well worth the effort. It was raining during our visit and we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Riverside
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This gem of a garden was the highlight of our visit to Portland. Getting there (via bus) was a bit tricky, but it was well worth the effort. It was raining during our visit and we still had a wonderful time.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

...a walking distance from the Rose Garden and very close to downtown, Japanese Garden offers a very unique and beautiful outdoor setting... I found this place to be relaxing and calming with natural looking walkways and trails. I have been to the Japanese Garden in different seasons and have not yet been disappointed.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much to see this time of year. The stairs to the entrance are daunting! No strollers are allowed on many paths. I'm sorry I wasted our time & money.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Portland Japanese Garden is an oasis of calm and beauty for all ages. The walkways are easy for anyone throughout the garden, and some are "off road" for the more able with natural stairs and gravel paths. Late Spring captures the rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom, and fall showcases the gorgeous fall tree colors. The walkway over the pond... More 

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Springdale, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great way to spend a couple hours while in Portland. It is beautiful and a great place for awesome pictures.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So beautiful and peaceful. I heard it was the absolute best Japanese garden outside of Japan, and I wouldn't be surprised. I haven't been to others so can't compare, but so much care and love went into this garden. You certainly don't believe you're only a mile or mile and a half walk from the middle of downtown Portland! ...and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We love Japanese gardens in many cities and this is one of our favorite place to visit! Whenever we have guests from out of town, we try to take them here. Beautiful place!!!!!

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Will definitely revisit Japanese and also Rose gardens in a couple of months. It is obvious these will be spectacular later in the spring/summer but right now with construction going on and little color it wasn't worth the $9+ entrance fee charged for the Japanese gardens. Parking as others mention is a challenge.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In Portland, this is an unexpected treat - the similar moist environment lends itself to zen landscape and a peaceful walking visit. There are nooks and surprise paths to venture on and steps down to sand gardens. It would be a nice place to host a gathering. Beware - during construction the hike up the stairs can be exhaustive for... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Did you know that you can check out a day pass from the public library? That's what we did. Only thing is you have to return that pass at the end of the day.

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