Portland Japanese Garden
Nestled in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden is a place to find peace and beauty. Where serenity outshines the modern day hubbub of busy city life.
When a former Ambassador of Japan visited the gardens he proclaimed them to be the best in the world outside of Spain, and indeed the gardens do have an otherworldly charm about them that instills both peace and tranquility, and exudes an inner natural energy.
The mature gardens have been blossoming for over 50 years and visitors can easily spend a day exploring the eight different garden spaces: Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Flat Garden, Natural Garden, Entry Garden, Tsubo-Niwa, the Ellie M. Hill Bonsai Terrace and the Pavilion.
Each unique space teaches us about how nature works. We learn how trees grow, and how moss forms on stone, how plants, trees and water form together to create a living space, and about the lives and cultures of the people that designed the Japanese Garden.
On reaching the summit of the gardens visitors come to the Cultural Village; a homage to Japanese art and culture. The space was designed by world-renowned architect, Kengo Kuma. The Cultural Village and Tateuchi Terrace play host to activities, performances and exhibitions.