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Portland Japanese Garden picture in Portland, OR
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Portland Japanese Garden picture in Portland, OR
Portland Japanese Gardens picture in Portland, OR
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  • $16.95 for adults; $11.50 for kids 6-17; free for kids 5 and younger
  • Hours vary seasonally

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  • Parks and Gardens Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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When the hustle and bustle of Portland start to get the best of you, you can seek out the Zen-like tranquility at the Japanese Garden within Washington Park.

The 12-acre Portland Japanese Garden is made up of eight separate gardens that represent different styles of traditional Japanese gardening techniques. All of the gardens feature essential elements like stone, water and plants that come from influences of the Shinto, Buddhist and Taoist philosophies, creating a unique, serene environment where visitors feel they are becoming a part of nature. The garden also features the Kashintei Tea House, where visitors can take part in a traditional tea ceremony. If you're visiting in late March, don't miss the chance to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Recent visitors described the garden as tranquil, serene and beautiful. They also suggested pairing a trip to the International Rose Test Garden with a visit here as both gardens are within walking distance of each other in Washington Park. Though reviewers raved about the Japanese Garden's peaceful atmosphere, they did gripe about the entrance fee.

You can learn more specifics about the eight gardens located here during the free guided tours. The Japanese Garden is located in the northern section of Washington Park, west of downtown Portland. You can drive to the park, though parking can be tricky (especially in the summer) and expensive. You can view the parking availability within the park online. TriMet bus No. 63 offers service to the garden and connects to the MAX stations at Oregon Zoo and Providence Park. You can also take the Red or Blue line MAX train to the Washington Park stop (the zoo) and then take a free Explore Washington Park shuttle to the garden.

Unlike other gardens within Washington Park, there is an admission fee. Admission costs $16.95 for adults, $11.50 for youths ages 6 to 17 and is free for kids ages 5 and younger. (If you don't want to pay to see a garden, the International Rose Test Garden next door offers a free alternative). Hours vary by season, but generally, the garden is open Monday from noon to 4 or 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 or 7 p.m. For more information, check out the Japanese Garden website.

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#1 Powell's City of Books Whether or not you're an avid reader, Powell's City of Books is worth checking out. It occupies a square city block and rises three stories high; in fact ... Read more » Ethan Trewhitt / Flickr

#2 Portland Japanese Garden When the hustle and bustle of Portland start to get the best of you, you can seek out the Zen-like tranquility at the Japanese Garden within Washington Park. Read more » Steve Prezant / Getty Images

#3 International Rose Test Garden Not until you visit these sprawling gardens will you fully understand the reasoning behind one of Portland's nicknames, the City of Roses. Established in 1917 by the American Rose ... Read more » Png-Studio / Getty Images

#4 Washington Park Many critics, travelers and locals agree that of all of Portland's parks (and they are numerous), Washington Park is perhaps the best. Home to such notable landscaping feats as ... Read more » Courtesy Explore Washington Park

#5 Forest Park If you're looking to spend some time outside but aren't willing to make the trek to Mount Hood, Forest Park is the place to go. With more than ... Read more » Sankar Raman / Getty Images

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