Based on the must-see reviews this place gets, I expected more. Instead, what I found was a smallish garden, much of which actually abuts a fairly busy street. Not exactly tranquil. For a fairly average Japanese garden, this place has an outsized reputation. If you happen to be in the area, I guess it's worth a visit, but there are so many better things to see in PDX.
If you want to see a truly phenomenal Japanese garden (that's worth paying for admission), drive a few hours north to Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. It's impeccably well done.
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