A half hour drive from our Portland motel, tucked away in the scenic west hills of Washington Park in Northwest Portland, you’ll find the Portland Japanese Garden in Springtime bloom. It’s now open to the public after having recently undergone a $33 million expansion designed by Kengo Kuma, the famed architect who designed the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The new garden features nearly 13 acres of beautiful and serene traditional Japanese landscaping and architecture. Wandering streams and pathways dotted by flowering bushes and leafy foliage present the perfect setting for memorable photographs with magnificent views of Mt. Hood in the background.

Traditional Japanese tea service and tasty snacks are available at the Umami Cafe, which will be in full service after the month of April. Various performances and demonstrations are regularly given at the gardens as well; you can look forward to Koto performances, Bonzai tree pruning, Kabuki theater and more. Find more information at their website events page.

Visiting the Portland Japanese Garden is a great way to spend a leisurely day relaxing in nature while still being in the the city, and Spring is the perfect time of year to get outdoors and explore some of the gems that are not far from our inexpensive Portland motel.