Portland’s Japanese Garden

By Eilene Lyon

Having family in Oregon means I travel there regularly. The Willamette Valley is lush compared to where I live, so I always enjoy the change in scenery. Portland is very much a “garden city.” I don’t think I could tolerate the gray winters, though!

The Japanese Garden is located within Washington Park, set on a slope that faces Mt. Hood. It was designed and constructed in 1963, and is believed to be among the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. It covers a total of 12 acres and contains 8 different themed sections.

A quote from their website:

Born out of a hope that the experience of peace can contribute to a long lasting peace. Born out of a belief in the power of cultural exchange. Born out of a belief in the excellence of craft, evidence in the Garden itself and the activities that come from it. Born out of a realization that all of these things are made more real and possible if we honor our connection to nature.

There are sculptures here and there. Some are permanent, others temporary.

It’s a serene and restful place to spend an hour or two strolling and contemplating. If you need refreshment, they also have an authentic Tea House!

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  1. How can you not feel your blood pressure go down, your breathing slow, your heart become lighter when walking through such gardens? I, too, would go when visiting family 😉 Lovely, Eilene. Thank you for sharing.

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      1. Lol. The year we travelled to Oregon, we continued up the coast to Vancouver Island – it rained every day for a month. Not to my taste either

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      2. We visited Vancouver Island on our honeymoon trip. We found a place to stay on a college campus that was spacious and nice – and apparently built like a bunker. A huge storm cam through downing tree branches everywhere and shaking up the boaters in the marina pretty badly. We never had a clue.

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  2. Thanks for the virtual walk, Eilene. It is one walk I would absolutely enjoy and of course finish it with a visit to the lovely tearooms. The Japanese certainly know how to inspire others to create serene outdoor areas. Bliss.

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      1. Yes, quite a few public ones and on walks around various neighborhoods, I’ve seen a few Japenese inspired private gardens. Like the Scandinavian style, less is more. Which is a style I enjoy.

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  3. These are wonderful photos. I love this place. A few years ago (hmm, with covid that always means +3 haha so if I think 3 it’s 6, etc.) we went there and really enjoyed it. And the teas were delicious. We took some home with us. I even blogged about it, although my photos were not so gorgeous.

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  4. More lovely pics. I’ve been through Portland (my sister lived in Eugene for two years) but haven’t visited. Maybe at some point we’ll get down the coast to see it – the Japanese Garden would certainly be on my “to see” list 🙂

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