Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 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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  • Fred_Merchant
    Canby, Oregon240 contributions
    Serenity in the Heart of the City
    It had been years since I visited the gardens and was so impressed. Even in early winter it is a wonderful serine place. The garden is naturally divided into several sub gardens, each of which is a pure pleasure to wonder thru, sit, and leave the cares of everyday life behind if for just an hour or two. I highly recommend the Portland Japanese Garden. The garden is located in Washington Park is adjacent to the International Rose Test Garden. Plan ahead, you can buy tickets online, and get an electronic ticket (QR Code) to display at the entry with you smart phone. Be aware all parking is pay and controlled by the City of Portland. A pay Smart Phone App called ‘ParkingKItty’ can be used to pay for parking.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 December 2022
  • Jordan
    Columbus, Ohio137 contributions
    Beautiful!
    I love visiting different gardens while traveling and this one did not disappoint. Traditional Japanese garden in the middle of the city. I enjoyed the winding paths up and down as opposed to everything being flat. The only downside were the crowds so maybe come a bit early in the day.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Mary
    Ludlow, Kentucky13 contributions
    Beautiful, but.....
    Limited viewing day due to rain. Recommend caution on paths and walkways. The admission price is on the high side. Parking is pay and limited. Tea house very small; reservations recommended.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • EaglesFan27
    Reading, Pennsylvania631 contributions
    Beautiful escape from the city
    The Japanese gardens are located in Washington Park, which is right next to downtown. It was a very peaceful experience on a rainy Portland morning. The gardens are very well taken care of and there is an extreme attention to detail. It was a little pricey for the size of the gardens (took less than an hour) but would probably have stayed longer if the weather was nicer. Overall, a memorable experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Jake
    4 contributions
    Beautiful Views and gorgeous waterfalls
    Although on the pricy side for entry to what I thought was free, the gardens are extremely well kept and scenic. The place had a calming feel and was enjoyable to walk around. There is also a free bus from the downtown Portland area. I took the paid bud and it was only $2.50.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Russell3939
    Castle Rock, Colorado796 contributions
    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
  • anita059
    Russell Springs, Kentucky485 contributions
    Not what I was hoping for
    Me and my granddaughter visited it is a pretty are to visit but we didn’t feel it was worth what it cost. It was some trees and a brook with small water fall. Lots of walking to do more of a place to relax and walk, not much to see. There was a lot of people so hard to enjoy it.
    We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit but thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. The Garden tends to be more crowded on weekends, so we encourage visitors to come during weekdays or off-peak hours (in the mornings/evenings). If you would like to learn more about what you see in the Garden, we recommend taking one of our free public tours. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you about our Garden’s history, what makes Japanese gardens unique, and the design principles of our garden spaces. Call or visit our website to learn about tour times.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,001 contributions
    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, Arizona62 contributions
    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, Missouri742 contributions
    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
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Laura H
El Dorado Hills, CA430 contributions
Sep 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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Jamie S
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Truly a beautiful and serene place, my girlfriend and I found it both breathtaking and peaceful. At US$19 per person, I believe it is worth the price for any garden enthusiast or new comer to Portland. The fall colors were in full flight and combined with a rainy/cloudy day, it truly was a majestic location and time.
Written 5 November 2023
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA954 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Japanese Garden is a nice attraction. The garden is quite beautiful and offers a respite from a chaotic city. I'm not quite sure about the value of this attraction, however. The garden is not very large. It will take you 30-60 minutes to walk through if you take your time. For the price, that seems a little light on content. What you get is nice, but there's not much of it. I probably wouldn't bother bringing a large group here because of the cost, but one or two people is definitely doable. Check it out if you don't mind the price to entertainment ratio being iffy.
Written 29 October 2023
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marymary27
Scarborough, UK813 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is a well laid out and interesting garden, with a useful leaflet provided with the ticket. There are steep paths and steps, so I would say not really suitable for those with mobility issues. From the to, there is a great view over the city to Mount Hood. I have given four stars rather than five, because of the refreshment situation. The tea house looked very nice, but a long wait for a table meant we decided not to visit. Perhaps a small kiosk could sell drinks?
Written 19 October 2023
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Laura W
Denver, CO41 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I may be in the minority here, but I found it underwhelming. Some of it was nice. Some of it was just generic forest. I needed something to fill my time so I came here. I’ve seen it once. I don’t need to return.
Written 6 October 2023
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ljolsen12
Southaven, MS40 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
I’m not a plant/garden person however I love pretty nature spots. My friend wanted to see the gardens so of course I said yes! They are so beautiful and serene. It’s a wonderful place to explore and get your Zen. The fish were my favorite part and they were feed while I was watching. It was very entertaining!
Written 25 September 2023
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TravellingBritNY
Syracuse, NY9,232 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited on a Sunday in September. Caught the bus that dropped us off right outside (love the Portland buses), paid the money at the entry and walked up the windy path to the main entrance. The path up itself starts getting you into the right mindset.

The main entrance area has the gift shop, the cafe, bathrooms, and a cultural center. A gate takes you into the gardens proper. I would not recommend this for people with mobility issues - there are a lot of steps and slopes to negotiate.

The garden is beautiful. It's laid out with care, and is extremely photogenic. Lots of great angles to get great photos. Water features, sand gardens, a beautiful traditional flower-arrangement display in the building, complete with a curator who knew her stuff.

We visited the Umami cafe, which had a wait that was 1 hour. They have a phone system where they page you when your table is ready so I recommend getting on the list then walking and enjoying the gardens until you head over there.

My only complaint with the experience had nothing to do with the facility but instead those visiting it - signs everywhere ask people to be quiet and respect the calming nature of the place. However some feel it appropriate to hoot and holler, yell at their children, do some sort of live stream with loud commentary and generally ruin the mood.

Once we were finished, we walked back down and spent a while in the rose garden before catching the bus back downtown.

In all a really nice visit that I would highly recommend.
Written 17 September 2023
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Kolene T
Richland, MI221 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
After touring the roses, we walked through this beautiful, calming place. There are several steps, benches and wonderful views. You may walk at your own pace or have a guided tour.
Written 16 September 2023
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Jennifer Y
8 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
The view was amazing. After the initial uphill hike from ticket booth to entrance the gardens are a fairly easy walk. Beautiful waterfalls. Very peaceful. Not a place to take small children as quiet is encouraged. Leave the kids with a babysitter and enjoy some quiet time.
Written 7 September 2023
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DMW
44 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The garden is nice, but very small. Not worth the $20 per person that they charge. Could have been more explanations and demonstrations. I would not recommend it.
Written 30 August 2023
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