Portland Japanese Garden
Occupying 12.5 acres (5 hectares) in the city’s expansive Washington Park, the Portland Japanese Garden is the perfect place to venture for a zen retreat in between sightseeing stops. Home to koi ponds and individual areas that range from a tea garden to a bonsai terrace, the Japanese Garden also features a new cultural village. Venture in to see exhibitions at the Tanabe Gallery, attend events at the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center, and more.
Prebook tickets to the Portland Japanese Garden to enjoy a seamless visiting experience. Many guided hiking and biking tours of Portland’s parks include a stop at the tranquil destination.
Things to Know Before You Go
The garden's Umami Cafe serves Japanese-inspired dishes and teas.
Public tours of the garden are hosted several times daily in summer and once a day in the winter.
If you wish to see the garden’s cherry blossom displays, time your trip with late March.
The Cultural Village, the upper Flat Garden, and the Pavilion are fully accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
Cell phones must be silenced in the garden; smoking and outside food and drink (except water) are also prohibited.
How to Get There
The Portland Japanese Garden is located in Washington Park, west of Downtown Portland. If traveling the 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) by car, it’s about a 10-minute trip from Downtown. The park is also served by the Nos. 15, 20, and 63 bus lines, while the free Washington Park Shuttle makes it easy to get around the area.
When to Get There
Spring through fall, the Portland Japanese Garden is open from midmorning to evening, with the exception of Monday, when it opens midday. Last entry is a half hour before close. From October through mid March, the garden has abbreviated hours. The garden is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Become a member to enjoy extended hours at the garden.
Events at the Portland Japanese Garden
The Portland Japanese Garden hosts events, exhibitions, and other festivities throughout the year. Offerings range from temporary art installations and demonstrations of Japanese instruments to bonsai training classes and events like the Moonviewing Festival. Check the events calendar before you travel.
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