The Portland Japanese Garden is a traditional Japanese garden occupying 5.5 acres, located within Washington Park in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, USA. Portland Japanese Garden is composed of five distinct garden styles. As you walk into the Gardens, there is a strong sense of leaving the world behind you and stepping into a peaceful and serene place . This feeling will stay with you, even when you have left the Gardens.
When entering a Japanese garden, the desired effect is to realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature. In a deep sense, a Japanese garden is a living reflection of the long history and traditional culture of Japan.
When visiting the Gardens, you can park in the lot and walk up the path towards the Gardens, pausing now and then to look through the trees, looking back, down the hill, wherever you look in the gardens, even walking toward the entrance, the vistas are beautiful.
Three of the essential elements used to create a Japanese garden are stone, the “bones” of the landscape; water, the life-giving force; and plants, the tapestry of the four seasons. Secondary elements include pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges. Japanese gardens are asymmetrical in design and reflect nature in idealized form.
In the fall, the trees were colorful, the Japanese maples bright reds and golds. Photography is allowed, food and drink are not. Smoking is not allowed. If you do not want to walk up to the Gardens entrance, the Gardens provides a Free Shuttle bus that runs daily April-Sept.
The Portland Japanese Garden is located on the West side of Washington Park, directly above the International Rose Test Gardens. They are open 7 days a week * Opening on Mondays at noon * and the garden is closed on major holidays.
There is also a gift shop available to purchase souvenirs. There are also many books and videos available on the gardens which may be purchased at the gift shop.