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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Gonzales

Japanese Botanical Gardens

Tucked into Oregon's iconic Washington Park, these gardens provide a tranquil, urban oasis for locals and travelers alike. These gardens are truly magnificent and breathtaking!

Designed in 1963, these gardens encompass 12 acres of traditional Japanese gardens which include eight separate garden styles made up of meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood, along with an authentic Japanese Tea House.

Be prepared to spend at least a half-day at these beautiful gardens just wondering and getting lost in the peace and quiet of your surroundings.

Photos by @colonial.farms. You can find more images located in 'The Gardeners Portfolio".

Born out of a hope that the experience of peace can contribute to long-lasting peace. Born out of a belief in the power of cultural exchange. Born out of a belief in the excellence of craft, evidence in the Garden itself and the activities that come from it. Born out of a realization that all of these things are made more real and possible if we honor our connection to nature.
- Portland Japanese Garden

Photos by @colonial.farms.

Owners Michelle & Victor Gonzales at the Portland Japanese Gardens.

What I love the most about these gardens is how it stays authentic to the Japanese culture. I love experiencing and learning about other cultures, and the best way to do so is by immersing myself in them. With places like this garden, you don't need to travel around the world to do so!

I highly recommend stopping at the Tea House while visiting the gardens, along with the gift shop. They have some beautiful tea glasses and sets for those who are tea lovers themselves.

Off the grounds for a yummy lunch stop, I highly recommend Nong's Khao Man Gai. As per Thai tradition, it’s normal for restaurants to focus on one dish. Nong, who came to Portland from Thailand, applied this same tradition to his restaurant with Khao Man Gai, meaning chicken and rice. Not only is this dish delicious, but it's also comforting and healthy! Not only are you embracing the Japanese culture, but dipping your toe into the Thailand culture in one trip!

Garden Facts

Admission: $18.95 a ticket (you must go online and purchase a ticket in advance)

Parking: FREE on-premise parking

Hours: Wednesday – Monday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm (closed Tuesdays)

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