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Portland Japanese Garden Portland

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Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland
OR
97205
Tel: 503 223 1321

Where are we going today?

There are gardens, and then there are GARDENS! The Portland Japanese Garden is a beautiful way to spend the day with the family. Kids can escape the city's west hills and get lost in 5.5 acres of flowers and nature.

Often considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, there are five separate garden styles, each of which are just as beautiful as the last!

There is a beautiful Strolling Pond Garden, as well as a Tea Garden. The Natural Garden is always popular, and the Flat Garden is definitely worth a visit.

Finally, the Sand and Stone Garden really captures the essence of Japan, and kids can enjoy the unsurpassed view of Mt Hood too!

The beautiful thing about the Portland Japanese Garden is that kids can feel like they have traveled to the stunning country of Japan, and they don't even need to leave the city! It's a way to introduce kids to the sighs and sounds of another culture, and experience nature in a different way to what they are used to. 

Keep an eye out for events throughout the year too, because you might want to check them out! There are nature themed events, tours, artistic events and parents, even sake tasting for you!

When you arrive, make sure you ask for the kids map so they can enjoy a treasure hunt!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9.50
  • Children$6.75 (Ages 6- 17)
  • Free Under: 5 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am to at least 7pm daily, noon opening on Mondays.

Year round. Winter hours close at 4pm

Teachers corner

Lesson plans and educational ideas are available so why not bring the students for a day of nature, learning and culture? .

I'm Hungry!

No food or drink is served in the Garden. Drinking fountains are available. There are nearby concession stands in Washington Park so why not pick up something before or after your visit? .

Any Top Tips?

Ask for a kids map and treasure hunt and encourage the children in your group to find the hidden items around the Garden. Turn it in for a prize!.

Need a little extra help?

The Garden was constructed on a hilly site in the early 1960s, prior to awareness of access requirements. It includes steep hills, uneven steps, and gravel pathways. However, many visitors using wheelchairs and strollers visit the Garden and have been fine, so just ask when you arrive if you need help.

Baby Facilities

Baby changing table are located in restrooms..

Can I get one of those?

The Garden Gift Store is on site and offers unique items that keep within Japanese sensitivities both cultural and modern. Bring that pocket money!.

What people are saying?

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    Depending upon the time of year, much of the garden can look drastically different. If you're lucky enough to live in the area, try to visit at different times in order to experience different views of tranquility.
    The entrance fee might make some reconsider visiting, but I hope you still visit. If you go on one of the tours, which can significantly vary in content depending upon the guide, it should take approximately 90 minutes to see all five gardens on the grounds. If you can also time it such that an exhibition of some sort is going on in the...Read More

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    Parking here was terrible, the walk took twenty minutes, and the entire place was really crowded.

    The photography online and in the pamphlet was better than actually being there and was absolutely not worth the ten dollars per person price.

    GRANTED we came in on a Saturday during great weather, which may explain the crowd, but either way, will not go again.

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    Pros:
    - Looks very beautiful
    - Well taken care of

    Cons:
    - $9.95 for adults. I understand the garden needs to be well maintained but that's too expensive for an hour that you spent, if not less.

    Opinion: It seems a little over rated. It's worth going once just for the heck of it. There are many other places in Portland, Oregon with better scenery, just as quite, and free.

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    Definitely take a tour to have the symbolism explained. It make the gardens much more enjoyable. It is fantastic.

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    Beautiful. Relaxing.

    If you are able to walk to the entrance rather than take the tram, do so, it is part of the experience. You can see the entire garden in an hour. Budget more time to take photos and/or meditate.

    A Portland must see.

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by Marc Thayer

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Depending upon the time of year, much of the garden can look drastically different. If you're lucky enough to live in the area, try to visit at different times in order to experience different views of tranquility.
The entrance fee might make some reconsider visiting, but I hope you still visit. If you go on one of the tours, which can significantly vary in content depending upon the guide, it should take approximately 90 minutes to see all five gardens on the grounds. If you can also time it such that an exhibition of some sort is going on in the pavilion, then all the more worthwhile. I am a particular fan of their annual art as well as holiday sales.

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