Portland Japanese Garden

Ethereally beautiful and rejuvenating for the spirit, Portland Japanese Garden may or may not be the best place to bring children.

hours of fun

Open

It's complicated - but essentially 10am to 4pm in Winter and 10am to 7pm in Summer. See website for details.

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Pros

  • It’s very beautiful; a fastidious, cultivated beauty that questions the distinction between the natural and artificial.
  • They have an “I Spy” / “Scavenger Hunt” worksheet of objects for children to discover in the garden.

Cons

  • Pricey. $9.50 for adults, $6.75 for children six and over; children five and under are free. One day a year is free for everyone – if going then, get there early.
  • Children and serenity go together like peaches and a carriage. I have witnessed more than one toddler unceremoniously removed from the ceremoniously raked gravel areas.
  • Be warned that a couple of the items on the scavenger hunt worksheet err towards the abstract. In fact the wet heron lantern is a cinch compared to the dancing peacock maple tree.

in the area

Washington Park’s playground is right next door, as is the International Rose Test Garden. You’re just down the hill from the Zoo, Children’s Museum, World Forestry Center and Hoyt Arboretum.

if you like this…

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and Leach Botanical Gardens are also beautiful, beautiful spots that are arguably more child friendly.

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First posted: August 12, 2013; last updated: January 30, 2015.

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A photograph taken at Portland Japanese Garden
A photograph taken at Portland Japanese Garden
A photograph taken at Portland Japanese Garden
A photograph taken at Portland Japanese Garden
A photograph taken at Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Avenue Portland, Oregon 97205 [Google map].

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