Established in 1980, the traditional and the authentic Japanese Garden is set up in the luscious Washington Park. Located on 5.5 acres, the garden provides a number of memorable attractions for visitors including ponds of koi, bonsai-trimmed shrubs and trees, pavilions, stone lanterns, and five gardens. Look out for the sumptuous trickling waterfalls and relax under the pink and red maple trees. Magically beautiful at any time of year, the garden considered among the best Japanese gardens in the world, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
The ponds, trees, pathways, and well-sculptured and maintained tranquil gardens are breathtaking with pleasant surprises at every turn. It has an exceptional beauty all through the seasons. The garden is a wonderful place to visit sit and commune with nature. The peace permeating the gardens must be experienced to understand.
It has five visually beautiful sub-gardens that emphasize a particular theme. They work in agreement to generate a sense of tranquility. The gardens desired effect is that of being part of nature and experience harmony and tranquility.
Five major gardens
Strolling Pond Garden contains 100-year-old five-tiered pagoda lantern with the ornamental rock. The koi pond has beautiful colorful fish surrounded by zigzag bridges and water features nestled naturally in shrubs.
The Natural Garden has multiple ponds, waterfalls, streams, shrubs, trees, ferns, and mosses in their natural state. Purposefully placed to show changes through the season.
The Sand and Stone Garden contains weathered rocks and stones. It is peaceful and serene. Uses the initial elements as points for quiet contemplation.
Flat Garden with urban garden design and contrasts with the gardens folds and contours.
Tea Garden that develops to enhance the authentic teahouse. It focuses on a stone walking path created to help visitors pay attention to the outside world.
Guided tours are included with the cost of admission. The garden hosts art exhibitions, cultural festivals, and events like the moon viewing nights in autumn that feature live music bands and seasonal Japanese delicacies.
From the International Test Rose Garden, you can walk up the short but steep path to the Japanese Garden or ride the free Garden Shuttle (weekends only). To get to Oregon Zoo you can ride Washington Park & Zoo Railway (do not forget to buy zoo admission).
You can get to the Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden from Kings Hill Station. It is approximately a one-mile walk from the station up SW Salmon up the hill, take a right on SW King Ave, and a left on SW Park Place. Continue SW Park Place up the hill to a Washington Park entrance.
Summer (March 13-September 30): Monday from Noon to 7 pm; Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Winter (October 1 – March 12): Monday from Noon to 4 pm; Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.