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.
- Several new garden spaces, including a public water garden and a bonsai terrace, will also be added.
- Construction will continue outside the admission gate, along the hill, and by the parking lot until our Grand Reopening on April 1, 2017.