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Portland Japanese Garden

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Portland Japanese Garden

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Matthew G wrote a review Nov 2020
New Jersey1,986 contributions590 helpful votes
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On a recent trip to Portland, my wife and I stopped in Washington Park with the intention of seeing the Japanese Garden and nearby International Rose Test Garden. Since it was clearly out of season for roses in mid-November, there wasn’t much to see when we stopped at the Rose Garden first. We almost then skipped the Japanese Garden, since it was chilly and raining, and I hadn’t realized that unlike the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden is an attraction with its own admission fee, not just part of the park that you can meander through freely. I’m really glad we ultimately decided to pay the $18 per person and visit the Japanese Garden, since it was absolutely serene and beautiful, even while walking through in the pouring rain on a chilly day. The line for tickets didn’t look particularly long that afternoon, but it was a bit slow-moving, since there was only one person working the admission window and others had a lot of questions and were buying memberships. I would definitely buy tickets online in the future to skip the line. We entered the gardens close to 3:00 pm, and were told that the last admission of the day would be at 3:30, although it sounded like there was no real time pressure, with the gardens staying open for a while after 3:30 so the final guests of the day could still make their way through. The gardens are built into a hill, so there was a bit of a leisurely uphill climb to get from the entrance at the bottom of the hill to the start of the gardens at the top. There is a shuttle service offered for those who want to avoid the walk and start at the Cultural Village at the top of the hill. From the Cultural Village, which includes restrooms, a gift shop, and a terrace with beautiful bonsai trees, you can start to meander through the gardens themselves, which are absolutely beautiful, with stunning landscaping and water features. Everything in the gardens is currently marked out with one-way paths to help promote social distancing, and the only thing that appeared to be closed was the Japanese Tea House. The gallery building that currently has a photography exhibit with photos from internment camps was open with limited capacity and was interesting to visit. Outside of that, we really enjoyed taking a leisurely walk through the various garden paths and discovering the various sculptures and plantings. It was especially gorgeous to be able to see the variety of changing colors on the trees in the fall. We also really liked that the size of the gardens was manageable so that it didn’t take forever to see everything, but there was still enough to do that the $18 admission was just about worth it (it could maybe be a couple dollars cheaper, but it’s so lovely that I didn’t mind supporting them through our ticket purchase). We spent about an hour at the garden in total, and probably would have spent more time if it wasn’t raining the entire time. I imagine that on a nicer day, you could easily spend a couple hours meandering through the gardens and taking time to relax at various spots along the way. Despite seeming a little pricey at first, the Portland Japanese Garden is absolutely beautiful and worth a visit. It’s a serene paradise in the middle of Portland, and it’s an interesting chance to see what I’ve read is one of the most accurate Japanese gardens in the United States.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Melissa S wrote a review Nov 2020
Columbia Falls6 contributions
My daughter and I visited here and were not disappointed absolutely amazing! So serene and beautiful, as you enter each garden you feel like you are in a different world transported to a different time and place away from all the chaos of today's world!
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Fox M wrote a review Nov 2020
Winchester, California92 contributions21 helpful votes
There weren't too many purple visiting at the time and it was beautiful to be alone in the Japanese Gardens. For the $18 price tag, I can't really say anything bad about it. Its just a nice, peaceful, lush area. The koi and the bonsai were my personal favorites. Its worth going to!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Cusackl wrote a review Nov 2020
Fort Lauderdale, Florida52 contributions27 helpful votes
A must do in Portland! Especially the gorgeous trees Changing for the fall. Tea house isn’t open due to Covid which was a bummer.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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950waltl wrote a review Oct 2020
Oceanside, United States17 contributions2 helpful votes
We were only able to visit for a little over an hour, but would love to visit again. The trees are very unique.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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