The Portland Japanese Garden, set within Washington Park, offers a 5.5-acre meander beneath vine-draped arbors, over curving bridges, past waterfalls and stone sculptures. Its five-garden layout was devised in the late 1960s by one of both Japan and America's most famous landscape designers, Takuma Tono.
Reflecting the philosophical focus of Portland's large Japanese community, the five distinct gardens here are meant to encourage tranquility and provide color throughout the year. There is an on-site tea house where occasional tea ceremonies are held, an airy gift shop with a large variety of wares from Japan and an ever-changing lineup of art and craft exhibits.
Throughout the year, 45-minute guided tours of the Garden are offered free with paid admission. April through October, tours are available at 10:45am, 1pm and 2:30pm daily. (10:45 am tours, however, are generally not offered on Mondays.) During the months of November through March, tours are offered at 1pm on weekends only.
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