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“A must see when visiting Portland”

Portland Japanese Garden
Ranked #3 of 447 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A must see when visiting Portland”
Reviewed 17 September 2012

Honestly, we did not expect so much good impression from visiting this garden. I highly recommend to take a guided tour. In this case you will get more understanding and appreciation of what you see. Our guide, lady – volunteer was very knowledgeable and excited about this garden. The whole surrounding is unbelievable. The trees, shrubs, ponds stone garden, views…
If you are visiting Portland, this garden is a must see. I also recommend to visit rose garden which is located in lower part of this location. You can leave your car on Japanese garden and walk down.

Visited September 2012
Thank ArkN1
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This!!”
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We had been to the Chinese Garden the day before and weren;t sure whter we wanted to fight the crowds to see the Japanese Gardens. The conceirge at the hotel said that if he were choosing ONE sight to see, it would be the Japanese Gardens. So, away we went.

To say this place is unbelievably beautiful, awe inspiring, spectacular and so on, actually falls short of the mark. Evidently the Japanese Ambassador to the USA said this is the most beautiful Jaranese garden outside of Japan. While I don't know if that is actually true, it can't be far off.

We could have spent an entire day just relaxing at each of the sites within the garden. It is so peaceful, beautiful and serene, its hard to believe it is in the middle of a huge city. I don't know how to describe it more, it is just so terrific, you need to go an see for yourself.

As for the hotel conceirge, he got it absolutely right!!

Visited September 2012
Thank kkhinnm
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Clearwater, florida
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Tranquility in Portland”
Reviewed 16 September 2012

They offer tours which we would highly recommend. The staff is very knowledgable and the grounds are spectacular.

Visited September 2012
Thank Jamie C
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Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A Must See”
Reviewed 15 September 2012

Set your GPS and get to these peaceful beautiful gardens. Quiet and elegant in its simplicity. Plan on spending 45 minutes to an hour. Take in the separate Rose Garden which is very close by and free.

Visited August 2012
Thank Certiorari
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Go early to avoid crowds”
Reviewed 15 September 2012

All of the people take away from the atmosphere a bit, but the gardens are very nice. Almost feels like you're back in Kyoto . . . Almost.

Visited September 2012
Thank David W
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