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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.
Seniors (62+) $5.00
Under fives - Free
Directions: The Japanese Garden is located on the sest side of Washington Park, directly above the International Rose Test Garden (of which more later).
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.
Address: 116 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland
Directions: To the West of the City centre, adjacent to Highway 26 (Sunset Highway)
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
Address: Washington Park
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 www.japenesegarden.com)
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!
Directions: ADDRESS:611 S.W. Kingston Ave. Portland
DIRECTIONS: If you take the MAX get off at WASHINGTON PARK stop. Take the elevator up and get on bus #63. By CAR... From I-405 (downtown Portland) follow signs
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.
Address: 611 S.W. Kingston Ave
Directions: Washington Park area
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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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