Name of Garden:
The Garden was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1962 and is maintained through admissions, memberships, special gifts and donations. Designed in 1963 by Professor Takuma Tono, an internationally renowned authority on Japanese garden landscaping, the Garden opened to the public in 1967 as a place of serene, quiet beauty.
Japanese gardens have an ancient history influenced by Shinto, Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. The combined emphasis of plants, stones and water are the essence of the Japanese Garden.
There are a number of concepts at work. Much is made of "borrowed scenery" with the prime example being the remarkable vista across the city of Portland toward the Cascade Mountains and Mount Hood. Also the concept of "hide and reveal" which is subtle. Plantings, placement of stones, and the route of pathways all give the Garden wanderer constantly changing views. The visitor does not gasp in awe of the Garden; the visitor instead is made reflective. The Garden is meant to calm, to soothe.
The Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon has its own personality reflected in five formal garden styles set on five and one-half acres: the Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Sand and Stone Garden, the Flat Garden and the Tea Garden.
The Japanese Garden is located on the west side of Washington Park directly above the International Rose Test Gardens.
611 S.W. Kingston Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97201
Fax Number: 503-223-8303
Tour Office: 503-223-9233
From I-405 (downtown Portland) follow signs for Highway 26 West. Take Highway 26 West and take the Oregon Zoo and Forestry Center Exit. Bear right after the exit and follow signs for the Forestry Center. Continue up the hill past the Forestry Center and make a right onto Kingston Dr., there will be a wood sign for the Japanese Garden and Rose Garden just before the turn. Follow Kingston Dr. just under 2 miles through Washington Park. At the stop sign make a left and just ahead you will see our parking lot on the left.
Admission and Hours:
October 1 - March 31:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm
(Mondays: 12pm - 4pm )
Last admission taken at 3:30pm
April 1 - September 30
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 7pm
(Mondays 12pm - 7pm )
Last admission taken at 6:30pm
Seniors $6.25 (62 & over)
College Students $6.25 (College ID is required)
Students (6-17) $5.25
Children five and under are free