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About the Expansion

After 50 years of pursuing our mission to provide an authentic, world-class Japanese garden, we have gone from serving 30,000 visitors a year to more than 300,000 per year. That’s why we’re excited that the Portland Japanese Garden is expanding.

  • The Cultural Crossing expansion will help disperse the volume of people and ensure the Garden remains a tranquil place, while also providing new facilities for us to better serve our mission of education about Japanese garden arts and culture.
  • The expansion was designed by world-renowned architect, Kengo Kuma, who is designing the Main Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • This expansion will not change the Garden itself, as all new construction is being done outside the Garden’s current admission gate.
  • The Garden’s new admission gate will move down the hill so it’s more visible and easier to access.
  • The $33.5 million project includes three new LEED certified buildings, including classrooms, a library, and Tea Café that will serve traditional Japanese tea.
  • Construction will continue outside the admission gate, along the hill, and by the parking lot until our Grand Reopening on April 1, 2017.