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After getting lost in Washington Park, I finally found the Japanese Garden. It was worth the extra bit of a hike!

Nestled in Washington Park overlooking the city, the Japanese Garden holds 9 different points of interest that are just breathtaking. When you walk through the doors, you feel like you are in a whole different country, until you see the skyline of the city. Follow the map they give you so you can understand more of what you are really looking at!

Worth the visit and the walk around the garden!

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Jul 21, 2004

Japanese Garden

As much as I dislike paying a fee to enter a garden, this one is worth it. It's a breathtaking mixture of water, delicate architecture, and intricate landscaping. It was designed in the early 1960s by Professor Takuma Tono. And is billed as "one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens outside of Japan."

This Garden is perfect for a quiet afternoon stroll or a photography lesson. If you're ever in Portland, it's definitely worth checking out.

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Feb 14, 2004

The japanese Garden

Although it was extremely hot, the Garden was refreshingly cool, due mainly to the tall pine trees, and the thick foliage and ground cover plants, which were watered every other day (soaked would be a better way of putting it!).

You will find more photos of the Garden in my Travelogue (to follow soon)

The garden is open between 10 am and 4 pm Oct - march, and 110 am and 7 pm from April 1st to September 30th. On Mondays they open at midday all year.

Admission prices:

Adult: $6.50
Seniors (62+) $5.00
Children $4.00
Under fives - Free

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Feb 06, 2004

The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Gardens are located in Portland's west hills, west of the city centre. Set in 5 and a half acres, the gardens feature five garden styles: Tea Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Natural Garden, Sand and Stone Garden and Flat Garden The Gardens were designed by Professor Takuma Tono in 1963.

I have never been to a Japanese Garden before, and can only say that I found this garden to be delightful. At the time I didn't know that I would be visiting another Japanese Garden elsewhere, so I couldn't compare this one with any other - at the time. All I can safely say is that not all Japanese Gardens are the same, for obvious reasons, one being the geographical location, and climate.

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Feb 06, 2004
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Beautiful Japanese Gardens. Spectacular in fall. Takes approx 1 1/2 to 2 hrs to walk, stop, admire, walk .... After you are done you can go across the street to the Rose Garden. admission $5 adults, $2.50 seniors/students, children under 5 free

May 23, 2003

Portland's Japanese Garden

It is tucked into a cusp in Portland's West Hills, situated at about five hundred feet above sea level. It is a haven of tranquil beauty that has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Portland's internationally recognized Japanese Garden beckons visitors from home and abroad to enter its unique confines. Little more than thirty years old, it represents a melding of Japanese traditional garden forms with American hurry. When measured against its inspirational precursors in Japan, many of which are hundreds of years old, the Portland garden has come to a maturity with blinding swiftness. What the visitor sees today is the result of the efforts by hundreds of dedicated persons who have given years of time and care and foresight to match the vision that a group of Portland civic and political leaders had as the 1950s turned into the 1960s. (courtesy of

Year-round this place is always beautiful! It amazes me everytime I go there. Make sure you take your camera. At one spot you can find a wonderful view of downtown Portland!

Aug 25, 2002

Quiet Reflections

Porland's Japanese Gardens is a wonderful place to go if you're looking for a great activity to just unwind and think about life for a while.

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Dec 27, 2002

Another place in the park with...

Another place in the park with a great view of Portland is the Japanese Gardens. This garden is also well worth seeing.

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Aug 26, 2002

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