Immerse yourself in the beauty of this exquisite Japanese Garden.
At the Portland Japanese Garden, you can explore five different gardens. Each garden portrays part of the traditional Japanese culture. The natural scenery provides a perfect spot for reflection and relaxation. The walking trails at the gardens wind through koi ponds, a traditional tea house, and waterfalls, making you feel like you’re in a forest.
The gravel gardens are a big part of the Japanese tradition. Gravel gardens are made by raking gravel into various patterns to represent waves in the water. You can also visit the Pavillion Gallery and admire the traditional Japanese artwork. Although the gardens were originally only open during certain times of the year, they are now open all year. Each season brings a different element of beauty to the gardens.
After World War II, there was a cultural rift between Japan and the United States of America. Building the gardens was an effort to bring cultural understanding and encourage peace. Today you can come and learn about Japanese architecture and traditions to gain a better appreciation for Japanese customs. Plan a visit to the gardens and experience the serenity that can be found here.