Portland's Japanese Garden - New Experiences Await!

 Portland's Japanese Garden. Image Courtesy: Bruce Forster

Portland's Japanese Garden. Image Courtesy: Bruce Forster

A major expansion has taken place at Portland's Japanese Garden with several new areas now open just last month. What was already a wonderful place to spend the day has been taken to an even higher level. On-time and on-budget, a total of $33.5 million was spent to add new garden areas, an authentic, Japanese cafe, meeting spaces, additional parking and more. Just take a look at the new maps below to see what awaits!

 This map shows the expansion that has taken place at Portland's Japanese Garden. Image Courtesy: Dan Aguayo/The Oregonian. 

This map shows the expansion that has taken place at Portland's Japanese Garden. Image Courtesy: Dan Aguayo/The Oregonian. 

 This beautiful map (yes I like maps!) of Portland's Japanese Garden shows many new spaces and experiences to be had, right down to a traditional Japanese village. Image Courtesy: JapaneseGarden.org

This beautiful map (yes I like maps!) of Portland's Japanese Garden shows many new spaces and experiences to be had, right down to a traditional Japanese village. Image Courtesy: JapaneseGarden.org

Umami Cafe

One of the most exciting new features at the Japanese Garden is the Umami Cafe. Offering up traditional Japanese tea and food, this really helps visitors make a full day of it. Explore for a bit, taste for a bit, and head back out. 

 Here you can see the Umami Cafe, perched above the tea garden on the Japanese Garden property. From traditional teas to very savory fried rice dishes, you're sure to enjoy it. Image Courtesy: Bruce Forster

Here you can see the Umami Cafe, perched above the tea garden on the Japanese Garden property. From traditional teas to very savory fried rice dishes, you're sure to enjoy it. Image Courtesy: Bruce Forster

Olympic-level Architectural Design

Storied architect Kengo Kuma is the designer behind the expansion at the Japanese Garden. Kuma became well known, especially in Japan, for his efforts in designing the $1.5 billion National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games. Now his legacy continues, albeit in a much more traditional fashion. Here's a quote from Mr. Kuma regarding his design angle on the Umami Cafe, one of my (clearly) favorite spots in the park: 

The design for the café is inspired by its specific place at the crest of the hill. As with the pilgrimages to such renowned mountainside temples as Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, this structure hovers above and greets those on the approaching path. For those arriving, it is a shelter to catch one’s breath and anticipate the gardens ahead. For those finishing their journey, it is an opportunity to reflect with all senses.
— Kengo Kuma
 A page from the delicious menu at the Umami Cafe. A large donation from Japanese food brand, Ajinomoto, helped make this cafe possible. Image Courtesy: JapaneseGarden.org

A page from the delicious menu at the Umami Cafe. A large donation from Japanese food brand, Ajinomoto, helped make this cafe possible. Image Courtesy: JapaneseGarden.org

The beauty of these gardens is un-matched: 

 Portland's Japanese Garden. Image Courtesy: Gavin Hardcast

Portland's Japanese Garden. Image Courtesy: Gavin Hardcast

Important Details

Location: Find the location here

Website: JapaneseGarden.org

Hours & Pricing: See Admission Prices and Hours here

Garden Map: See the garden map here

 

Dan Meyers