Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Hours & Admission: https://japanesegarden.org/hours-admission/
(If you don’t want to pay to see a garden, the International Rose Test Garden next door offers a free alternative).
Proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden includes an authentic Japanese tea house, meandering streams, intimate walkways and an unsurpassed view of Mount Hood.
Founded in 1963 as a symbol of healing between World War II adversaries, the grounds feature five separate garden styles, working in harmony to create a sense of peace. The lush Tea Garden is focused on a stone walking path designed to help visitors shed the concerns of the outside world. The Strolling Pond Garden would be a display of wealth in Japan, but in this case reflects the rich landscape, with a bridge zigzagging through beds of iris by a waterfall.
Guided tours are included with the cost of admission, and the garden also hosts frequent events. Among the Portland Japanese Garden’s most popular affairs are its autumn moon-viewing nights, which feature live music, tea and sake service and seasonal Japanese foods under the illuminated sky.
Learn More: https://japanesegarden.org/
Visit in late March to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom.