Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
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  • Russell3939
    Castle Rock, Colorado977 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty views, a bit expensive
    We thought the views were pretty but it was expensive. The first part you see is just a teaser to the rest of the park. Quite a few of the sites at the beginning did not have water to them which felt a bit like getting the shaft. The rest of the park is pretty. Not sure if it was worth the cost though.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty zen garden
    Went with a friend on a busy weekend. I was expecting more flowers or something, but it was a pretty zen garden. Nice spot to walk around for a little bit. The area of Portland reminds me of a loose Balboa Park type set up in San Diego since it has a zoo, an arboretum, a park, a rose garden and this garden. The rose garden is free and adjacent to the Japanese garden - you should make time to do that if you’re visiting this spot. I wouldn’t urge someone to go, but it is pleasant.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 July 2023
  • WDCUeberau
    Phoenix, Arizona67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour, ideas for my own garden.
    Used Max transit combined with Washington Park free shuttle to the gardens - worked smoothly. Arranged for entry tickets and tour tickets in advance, made everything stress free. The tour was excellent, informative. Beautiful gardens, serene atmosphere. Came away inspired to attempt my own Japanese garden. Recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Cryptic_Tourist
    Saint Louis, Missouri968 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go before closing
    My husband and I went here about an hour and a half before closing and that was plenty of time to explore the gardens with much smaller crowds. The gardens had been slammed all day but later that night we bought tickets online and got right in no problem. Just know that if you do that, the gift shop and cafe may not be open and all of the tours will be sold out for the day. The gardens were gorgeous and my husband absolutely loved it. Definitely a great date idea!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Marcia D
    Phoenix, Arizona100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even mobility limited can enjoy these beautiful gardens.
    We arrived at Portland airport with several hours to kill before we could check in to our condo 2 hours away and this was the perfect way to spend that time! Being mobility limited, it was nice they had a shuttle to bring you to the top of the gardens. There, I was able to get a mobility map which showed the routes that were accessible. It was so peaceful and beautiful seeing the different areas. I hadn’t been able to get a reservation at their tea cafe but upon walking in was able to put our name down and only waited about 20 minutes. It seems there are a lot of no shows and they only hold tables for 10 minutes so that worked in our favor. We had a table surrounding the cafe outside that made it feel we were having tea in a tree house. Lovely tea service and sweet treats.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Madelyn C
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania290 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    This garden is really a collection of gardens that flow together, and it’s absolutely stunning. It is meticulously laid out and cared for. Apparently there’s a spectacular view of Mt Hood from there, but I was so caught up in the beauty of the garden itself that I forgot to look. The tea room in the garden is also worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2023
  • gregzi
    Lakewood, Colorado69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful and Serene Place
    We visited the Japanese Gardens after the International Rose Gardens and thought the grounds were absolutely beautiful. Paths were well marked in beautiful bloom. A gorgeous place to slow down, breathe, enjoy the plants, the views and the serenity
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Yasmin
    Oakland, California27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zen place to soothe your nerves
    These gardens are spread over a large space and even with the crowds you feel a sense of peace. A true testament to the thought and patience that went into creating it. Be prepared for an upward hike to start your tour, but totally worth every step.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 August 2023
  • PrairiePaddler
    United States362 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtakingly Beautiful, A Must-See Destination
    We've visited a number of Japanese gardens across the US and this tops them all, a beautifully maintained park that dazzles with its paths, plantings, architectural and water features, and friendly staff and volunteers. I wish we had planned in advance to have a late breakfast or lunch in their on-site cafe. This inspiration obviously has strong support from the community and we were thrilled to see so many visitors on a summer weekday morning. Icing on the cake is the spectacular view of the city afforded by its hilltop setting. An absolute must-see.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, Georgia856 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Visit
    A beautiful zen Japanese Garden within Washington Park. Overall very enjoyable but a little pricey for the amount of time you will probably spend here. Given the cost of the parking within Washington Park, I suggest either taking mass transit or parking outside of the park and walking inside.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
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Perwf
London, UK48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Tranquil, pleasant, but not an exciting experience. If you are interested in art, plants, or Japanese culture, you could easily spend a couple of hours walking around looking at the wonderfully laid out plants, paths, and water features.
Written 24 May 2024
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Debbie
Mesa, AZ5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The garden is beautiful and there are quiet corners where you can look around, take breath and relax. Then you turn a corner and do it again. Those small quiet moments, and the mist from a light spring rain that is what I recall when I think of the garden. It is worth every penny!
Written 23 May 2024
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Aakash G
Oregon4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Serene and well-maintained. A peaceful retreat in the city. A bit pricey but the peaceful atmosphere and meticulous landscaping make it worth the visit
Written 22 May 2024
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E C
Boston, MA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I recommend taking the tour to get more info on the gardens, it provided a lot of insight we otherwise wouldn't have known. I loved the coy pond and the detail of the gardens is amazing. It was my favorite place in Portland, and an absolute must if you are visiting.
Written 28 April 2024
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EagleScout1985
Custer, SD650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Truly an amazing experience! Beautiful area ... very peaceful and relaxing. The history of the site is inspirational, and the various walkways / paths offered a sense of delicate environments for visitors. The gardens are located within Washington Park, overlooking the city and urban oasis.

My family enjoyed this experience, and we found ourselves nestled into the various gardens ... simply soaking up our time together and relaxing among the trees and beautiful shrubs.

NOTE: We visited on a cloudy and overcast day. Try to go on a sunny day, as the staff told us that Mount Hood can also be seen from the gardens.
Written 31 March 2024
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We're so happy that you enjoyed your recent visit and let us know about it! And, we hope you can come back on a day when the mountain is out. Cloudy days at the garden can be quieter and more contemplative, and highlight the subtleties of the Garden's trees, flora, stonework, and architecture. The sun brings out the views and fills the garden with light. You really can't go wrong visiting at any time of year or in any weather.
Written 6 April 2024
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YanJing Jiang
Shanghai, China24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Japanese garden has many Japanese styles building. The garden is big and beautiful, There are also cafe and gift shop in it. The staffs are nice and friendly. Today is a rainy day . It has a special vibe to walk in garden in the rain. I like it very much.
Written 11 March 2024
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PH2003
Denver, CO375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This garden is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It’s so relaxing and quiet, and the scenery really immerses you. We went on a rainy day and honestly, I think that made the experience better. The sound of the rain and the damp moss everywhere just gave me such a sense of peace.
We chose not to do the Umami Cafe, but quite a few people were in there. The gift shop had some cool stuff, and the info center really explains the Japanese culture and theme. Also seeing that this is the best Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan was cool to learn. I feel like I went to Japan without spending 22 hours on a plane.
Written 12 February 2024
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Gracie L
Seattle, WA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Even in the rain the garden was gorgeous. I appreciated a quiet and relaxing immersion in nature; the mosses on everything and the beautiful traditional Japanese garden buildings were so awesome. My kids loved it too and said it was like being in a Totoro movie!
Written 9 February 2024
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We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your visit to the Garden, and we appreciate you sharing your experience. We are known as the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, and winter is the perfect time to enjoy a quiet stroll among the moss. Our buildings respect Japanese architectural traditions, including the modern ones in the new Cultural Village that were designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Our Tea house was even built in Japan and then shipped to us in 1967!
Written 10 February 2024
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Paige R
Nashville, TN382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Absolutely amazing!! One of the highlights of my otherwise kinda yukky trip to Portland. Complimentary tours of the garden were offered, but unfortunately, my time there was very limited, so I could only take part in about 15 minutes of it.

If I ever get back to Portland, I will definitely make this the first stop on my list... and allot 2-3 hours to explore more fully.
Written 15 January 2024
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Laura H
El Dorado Hills, CA403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful and tranquil garden. It is easy to navigate and a place for reflection. It was busy, but people were quiet and respectful.
Written 26 November 2023
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