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Portland Japanese Garden

Portland, OR

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Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA Number: 503 223 1321 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

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?






$6.75 (Ages 6- 17)


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5 years.


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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!

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?

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Teachers corner


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

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!

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

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Baby Facilities

Baby changing table are located in restrooms.

When can we go?

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

Year round. Winter hours close at 4pm

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