AAA Editor Notes
Portland Japanese Garden is at 611 S.W. Kingston Ave. in Washington Park, above the International Rose Test Garden; the main gate is reached by a pathway or a shuttle bus. Five garden styles on 5.5 acres open onto a view of Portland and Mt. Hood; paths and walkways offer access throughout.
Considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the attraction offers visual interest year-round as well as places to sit at intervals. Visitors can see blooming cherry blossoms briefly in late February, while late spring flowers include azaleas, camellias and wisterias. Summer's sunlit shades of green yield an unbroken, calming visual experience. In winter, the garden's artful landscapes become more apparent. Traditional buildings and architecture on the grounds include the Pavilion Gallery, the Moon and Zig Zag bridges, and a demonstration teahouse (for viewing only; tea is not served).
Note: Construction on the garden's Cultural Crossing expansion will continue through spring 2017.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.