Repeatedly known as “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan,” by the former Ambassador of Japan to the United States himself, is Portland’s Japanese Garden. Located in the scenic West Hills of Portland, OR, the Garden is a serene and beautiful place to visit. Enclosed are a variety of garden styles, an authentic Japanese Tea House, streams and waterfalls, romantic walkways, and a breathtaking view of Mt. Hood on a clear day.
I decided to visit during my quick weekend trip to Portland because it has been a place I’ve always wanted to visit. ‘Twas a semi-rainy day (I’ll take 45 degrees and rain over 2 degrees and sun any day), and I went with my old college roommate, Andi. Upon entering, we immediately found our zen and were taken aback by all of the stunning beauty this place had to offer. It felt like we teleported to Japan while remaining surrounded by Oregon’s alluring forestry.
Coming from a Japanese family, it was nice to see familiar objects that I’ve seen outside some of my own family members’ homes. Visiting also encouraged me to try and grow my own bonsai tree. It was also a wonderful place to just relax and catch up with an old friend.
There also many events that take place here throughout the year such as art exhibitions, gardening and educational workshops, etc. AND there is a college student discount 😉 To learn more, visit japanesegarden.com