Questions About Visiting
Is the Garden Closed? +-
No. The Garden reopened to the public on March 1, 2016.
Our Cultural Crossing expansion project is currently under construction outside the Garden’s gate. The new buildings and spaces will all be open to the public on April 2, 2017. We thank all our guests for their patience and understanding while this historic expansion is underway.
To learn more about this exciting new phase in the Garden’s history, visit our Cultural Crossing site.
Is the Garden under construction? +-
While the Garden itself is not under construction, there is construction work taking place immediately outside the Garden’s gates and at the bottom of the hill across from the Washington Park tennis courts.
This construction on our Cultural Crossing expansion project will continue in some fashion until our Grand Re-Opening to the public on April 2, 2017.
When is the Garden's Shuttle Running +-
Because the Garden is tucked into the scenic hills of Portland’s Washington Park and is a four-minute walk from the nearest parking, we are pleased to offer a complimentary Garden Shuttle to usher guests from the parking lot to the Garden’s gates.
Due to construction on our expansion project, the Garden Shuttle is following the schedule below. For more information or questions about shuttle service, please call (503) 223-1321.
Weekdays: Free Garden Shuttle service available every Monday through Friday on the hour.
Weekends: Free Garden Shuttle service available Saturdays and Sundays every fifteen minutes.
What is your contact information? +-
Phone number: (503) 223-1321
Physical address: 611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3847, Portland, OR 97208-3847
When is the best time of year to visit? +-
Any time of year is a good time to visit the Portland Japanese Garden. Japanese gardens are created with imagination and designed to display nature’s beauty in all seasons.
Spring is the time for fresh greenery and subtle blossoms. Cherry blossoms appear briefly in late February, while late spring flowers include azalea, camellia, and wisteria.
Summer’s sunlit shades of green yield an unbroken, calming visual experience.
The vibrant colors of fall make autumn a popular visiting time. Autumn is a celebration of nature’s gift of life in the past year, and a transition to the peacefulness of winter.
Winter reveals the pure essence of the garden, when all has been stripped away to expose its fundamental structure, spirit, and quiet beauty.
How much time should I allow to visit the Garden? +-
Depending on your pace, it usually takes most visitors 45 minutes to one hour to tour all five gardens within the Portland Japanese Garden.
The Garden is a place to linger, reflect, and meditate, so we encourage you to take your time and enjoy.
Better yet, if you have the time, stroll through the Garden twice and take a different route. As with so many things in life, time and experience create new perspectives along familiar paths.
How do I get to the Garden? +-
To visit the Garden, there are routes by both public transportation and car. Please visit our directions page for more information.
May I have a wedding, commitment ceremony or reception at the Garden? +-
To protect the Garden’s tranquility, authenticity, and environment, we do not allow weddings, commitment ceremonies, or receptions at the Garden. We refer those interested in a garden setting to the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
May I bring my pet if it’s on a leash or if I’m carrying it? +-
Only trained animals assisting people with disabilities are allowed in the Garden. Please refer to current ADA regulations regarding service animals for more information.
May I bring a picnic? +-
No food or drink (except water) is allowed in the Garden. There are many picnic areas nearby throughout Washington Park. See this map for details.
Do you serve food or tea? +-
No food or drink is served in the Garden itself. Drinking fountains are available. There are nearby concession stands in Washington Park.
Our tea house is a traditional part of the Japanese tea ceremony, used for demonstrations and special occasions. It is not a restaurant.
What are your photography policies? +-
All photographers, whether amateur or professional, must protect the Garden environment. Portrait and wedding photography are not allowed at the Garden. Please see our photography policy.
Are there any free days or events? +-
The Portland Japanese Garden will mark Veterans Day by offering free admission for military veterans and active military personnel.
To receive free admission on November 11, 2016, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification.
The Garden also offers a full calendar of events every year, including traditional festivals, ikebana exhibits, art shows, and workshops.
Please note that some events are included with admission to the Garden, while for others there is a small fee. Members receive significant discounts to events with a fee—please see the membership page for a list of the many benefits of membership and to become a member.
How can I get a group rate? +-
We ask that groups of ten or more be arranged at least one week in advance. You can place a reservation from our web site, or call (503) 223-9233. Please see the tours page for more information. Group rate eligibility is determined by the Tour Coordinator.
May I rent the Garden’s Pavilion for a personal event? +-
Our Pavilion space is available for rent only to our corporate members and is based on availability. We cannot guarantee the space but will do our best to accommodate requests by our corporate members. Visit our membership webpage for more information.
Why do you open at 12pm on Mondays and 10am the rest of the week? +-
During our normal visiting schedule, the Garden receives its heaviest traffic on weekends. Each Monday morning, our gardeners require a full six hours to care for the Garden.
How is the Portland Japanese Garden different from the Chinese Garden? +-
Both are gardens in a historical style from East Asia, designed on principles of harmony and respect for nature. But the differences—in style and geography—are as noticeable as the similarities.
The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland’s Chinatown is an urban garden, fit for a scholar-poet in Ming dynasty China. It occupies one square city block, containing elaborate architecture, paved courtyards, and a central pond. Painterly compositions of rugged rock and exotic plant species are poetic and inspiring.
The Portland Japanese Garden evokes the surroundings of an estate in pre-modern Japan. It occupies over five acres of wooded land, surrounded by an additional five acres of protected forest. Its architectural features—including the Antique Gate, Pavilion, Tea House, Moon Bridge, and Zig Zag Bridge—fit harmoniously into an outdoor garden setting that reveres the basic elements of nature: plants, stones, and water. Vistas, landscapes, and winding pathways are leisurely and meditative. Five traditional Japanese garden styles seamlessly unfold, from a very formal style into a rustic or natural style.
Is the Garden wheelchair and stroller accessible? +-
According to ADA standards, on the whole, the Portland Japanese Garden is not legally accessible. We have one section—the upper Flat Garden and the Pavilion that is legally accessible.