Head uphill from town and you’ll find Portland's Japanese Garden in the West Hills, just above the city centre, directly up from the city’s Rose Test Garden and nestled in the expansive forest that makes up Washington Park (an area that covers over 400 acres). Exquisitely designed with carp-filled ponds, enticing pathways, a Japanese tea house and pavilion, sculptures and stunning foliage, it's a tranquil pause in the middle of urban life. This is an authentic Japanese haven, made up of eight gardens and spread over 12 acres, showcasing different historical styles. It's also well established, having been laid out in the 1960s. The garden’s 2015-17 makeover opened up a beautiful, zig-zagged, terraced walk that leads up from the ticket booths to a revamped main entrance with exhibition space, shop and Japanese café/restaurant. The garden was originally inspired by a desire to build cultural bridges between America and Japan after World War II, and well-placed seats tucked here and there help visitors soak up the serenity. Relaxation and contemplation are given a boost by one of the Garden Etiquette requests that visitors silence their cell phones and resist the urge to use them.
Japanese GardenOne of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan
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