The Japanese Garden in Portland's West Hill is operated by the Japanese Garden Society. It is located on the site of an old zoo and features a ceremonial tea house and five different styles of gardens. The gardens are relatively small, covering an area of less than 6 acres but beautifully laid out, offering a peaceful and relaxing environment for visitors.
To gain the full effect of the Flat Garden it should be viewed from the doors of the Pavilion or from the outdoor veranda, much the way one would look at a picture. This garden in particular is a delight year round.
Strolling Pond Garden
As the name suggests the Strolling Pond Garden includes ponds, water features, and bridges. It is meant to be enjoyed by walking along the paths near the peaceful water of the ponds.
The Tea Garden features a pathway through lush surroundings which leads to the teahouse. The teahouse is the centerpiece of this garden. It was created in traditional Japanese style, without the use of nails.
This area is characterized by hills with stairs and uneven ground walkways. It is the most contemporary of the Japanese Gardens, and uses some non-traditional plants. The Natural Garden is designed to be a place of peace and relaxation.
Sand and Stone Garden
Once again the name of this garden may seem somewhat self-explanatory, but some may also recognize it as a Zen Garden. Raked sand and carefully placed stones are the main features. These types of gardens were traditionally designed for contemplation and found in Zen Monasteries.
Box 3847, Portland, OR 97208, United States
Apr 1 to Sep 30: 10am-7pm; Mon: 12pm-7pmOct 1 to Mar 31: 10am-4pm; Mon: 12pm-4pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD:
Adult $9.50, Senior over 62 $7.75, Students $7.75, Child 17 & under $6.75, Child 5 & under FREE
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.