The Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon, has evolved into a great tourist attraction. This garden is a traditional lush green Japanese garden encompassing an area of 5.5 acres of the Washington Park in the west hills of Portland. The garden is considered to be the most beautiful one among all the gardens in the US. Unlike other conventional Japanese gardens that generally take several years to develop and grow-up, the Portland Japanese Garden has taken much less time to grow. A synthesis of rushed western style and pompous eastern expression, the Portland Japanese Garden has all in it.
The Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon has five major sub gardens with different degrees of formality in each:
The Strolling Pond Garden, within the area of garden space, is the largest portion and comprises several regions. In one, the trail has hills coiffure as the collection of the Big Dipper. Another part consists of a traditional multi colored temple lantern that is actually a gift from Sapporo. It also has some decorative rocks from Hokkaid Island and a red colored stone. You can see various stones of tortoise and crane that symbolize the prolonged existence in the lower pond. It also holds dozens of Koi.
The white sand at the Flat Garden symbolizes water and intensely contrasts with moss and rhododendrons.
The Sand and Stone Garden includes stones ascending from crinkled sand that depicts the ocean.
The Natural Garden in Portland Japanese Garden includes several ponds, cascades, and rivers. All the shrubs, trees, ferns and mosses breed in their usual state. Ksitigarbha statue in the garden is believed to guard the natives from the time of the death of Buddha.
The Tea Garden of Portland Japanese Garden has two branches and each was dedicated to boosting the tea observance. The outer region is the waiting station and the internal enclosure is the genuine tea house.
Portland Japanese Garden Map
Portland Japanese Garden Facts
- Portland Japanese Garden was decorated by Professor Takuma Tono in the beginning of 1963.
- The garden was opened to the public in the year 1967.
- It was ranked second among the 300 public Japanese gardens constructed outside Japan.
Where is Portland Japanese Garden?
The Portland Japanese Garden is situated in the west hills of Portland, Oregon. The garden is situated close to the main entrance of Washington Park. You can find this beautiful garden at the top of Park Place, which is set just above within a short walk from International Rose Test Garden. It can be reached within 25 minutes by car from the Portland International Airport.
Best time to visit Portland Japanese Garden
The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the few places in the world that can be visited throughout the year. The garden exhibits nature’s beauty in all seasons. Spring brings fresh verdure along with a horde of beautiful flowers such wisteria, camellia, and azalea. During summer, the green color of the plants lights up with the sunlight to yield a calming effect. Autumn colors may attract visitors. The garden exhibits its pure essence during winter.
Portland Japanese Garden Hours
- During Spring/Summer (March 13 to September 30), the garden opens from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. The opening hours on Mondays are from noon to 7:00 p.m.
- During Fall/Winter (October 1 to March 12), the garden opens from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. The opening hours on Mondays are from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Portland Japanese Garden Tickets
The entry fee to the Portland Japanese Garden is as follows:
Senior (62+): $7.75
College Student (w/ID): $7.75
Youth (6-17): $6.75
Admission of children of 5 years of age and under is free
More about Portland Japanese Garden
Nearby Attractions: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Forest Park, Washington Park, Oneonta Gorge, Willamette Valley, Lan Su Chinese Garden, and St Johns Bridge.