Portland’s Japanese Gardens Expansion

Portland’s Japanese Gardens Expansion

The Portland Japanese Gardens largest improvement in decades, an expansion to accommodate an increasing number of visitors, is finally complete. The $33.5 million, the 20-month-long expansion project was on time and ready to be enjoyed.  The Cultural Village provides a place where visitors can immerse themselves in traditional Japanese arts.

While the renovation was finished in April 2018, the public can enjoy the renovated Gardens all year long. Imagined by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, best known for designing the $1.5 billion National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games, the Gardens are made up of 3 buildings all designed to create an indoor-outdoor, naturally lit – overall peaceful, fluid experience.  Admission is $16.95 for adults.

The 3.4 acres added to the existing 9.1 acre property, allow for more visitors to enjoy the famous Gardens. Known as the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Gardens are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, all seeking to recharge in the peaceful, serene aesthetic that is traditional of Japanese design.  The Portland Japanese Garden has expanded its programming to host traditional Japanese festivals, artist demonstrations, art exhibitions, and classes throughout the year.

The grand, ADA-compliant project in Portland’s Washington Park has turned out to be quite the architectural feat, facing challenges with steep terrain and heavy rains from last winter. The project, while difficult, turned out beautifully – an overall quality addition to a favorite Oregon landmark.

April and May is my favorite time of year to visit and enjoy all the flowering trees and plants.

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