The Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre traditional Japanese garden located within the City of Portland’s Washington Park. Highly regarded as one of the best traditional Japanese gardens outside of Japan thanks to climate similarities between Portland and Japan, the Garden receives 200,000 annual visitors.
Designed by renowned Japanese landscape architect Takuma Tono, the Portland Japanese Garden features a wide array of colorful trees and plants, pagodas, a tea garden, sand and stone gardens, and a number of cascading waterfalls. Added since the original design, special features of the Garden include a Moon Bridge, a 100-year-old authentic temple gate, more than two-dozen authentic stone lanterns, and a 100-year-old, five-story Pagoda Lantern that was a gift from the City of Sapporo.
The Portland Japanese Garden was established in the early 1960s as a symbol of the bond between Portland and its sister city of Sapporo, Japan.