• A Cultural Village

    A Castle Wall

    When visitors come to the Portland Japanese Garden, one of the first features they will notice is a massive stone structure at the west end of the new Cultural Village. Measuring 18.5 feet tall and 185 feet long, it rises up to both greet visitors and transport them to another place and time. Walking past it, the visitor catches his reflection in an oversized stone and pauses. Staring up at the dry stacked rocks looming above, this structure prompts more questions than answers: just what is this giant wall? And what is it doing in the middle of Portland, Oregon?

    To answer these questions and learn more about the Castle Wall, please click here.

  • A Cultural Village

    The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

    The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center will serve as an important cultural center, offering new gallery spaces and classrooms to house exciting, rotating art exhibitions and educational presentations.

    This facility will also include lecture spaces for visiting artists, experts and scholars, as well as the Vollum Library, which upon completion will serve as one of the most comprehensive resource for information regarding Japanese gardening and its related arts.

    Additionally, our new Garden Gift Store will offer a greater selection of items allowing visitors to continue their exploration of Japanese garden arts at home.

  • A Cultural Village

    The Umami Café by Ajinomoto

    The Umami Café will provide a place for visitors to rest and refresh on the way into the Garden or reflect upon their experiences before departing. While the Garden currently features a ceremonial tearoom for presentations, the new Umami Café will be open for all visitors to use.

    Here, visitors can experience the pairing of world class Japanese tea with traditional gracious, attentive service and delicious edible delights. Done right, the Umami cafe will engage all five senses while finding the spirit of Japanese culture.

    The space itself combines traditional Japanese craftsmanship with local materials and updated design. Glass walls provide views of the native forest, the Cultural Village, and the tiny urban garden (tsubo-niwa) in the Courtyard.  A place to experience tea has been the number one visitor request for many years.

    Built initially as an open-air café, our goal is to create a space for all seasons.

  • A Cultural Village

    Tateuchi Courtyard

    The Tateuchi Courtyard sits at the center of our new Cultural Village. Providing a free-flowing space where visitors can immerse themselves in traditional Japanese arts through seasonal activities, performances and demonstrations.

  • A Cultural Village

    The Garden House

    The Garden House will provide state-of-the art maintenance facilities for the gardening staff and additional educational space for hands-on training or exhibits.

A Cultural Village

A Castle Wall

When visitors come to the Portland Japanese Garden, one of the first features they will notice is a massive stone structure at the west end of the new Cultural Village. Measuring 18.5 feet tall and 185 feet long, it rises up to both greet visitors and transport them to another place and time. Walking past it, the visitor catches his reflection in an oversized stone and pauses. Staring up at the dry stacked rocks looming above, this structure prompts more questions than answers: just what is this giant wall? And what is it doing in the middle of Portland, Oregon?

To answer these questions and learn more about the Castle Wall, please click here.

A Cultural Village

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center will serve as an important cultural center, offering new gallery spaces and classrooms to house exciting, rotating art exhibitions and educational presentations.

This facility will also include lecture spaces for visiting artists, experts and scholars, as well as the Vollum Library, which upon completion will serve as one of the most comprehensive resource for information regarding Japanese gardening and its related arts.

Additionally, our new Garden Gift Store will offer a greater selection of items allowing visitors to continue their exploration of Japanese garden arts at home.

A Cultural Village

The Umami Café by Ajinomoto

The Umami Café will provide a place for visitors to rest and refresh on the way into the Garden or reflect upon their experiences before departing. While the Garden currently features a ceremonial tearoom for presentations, the new Umami Café will be open for all visitors to use.

Here, visitors can experience the pairing of world class Japanese tea with traditional gracious, attentive service and delicious edible delights. Done right, the Umami cafe will engage all five senses while finding the spirit of Japanese culture.

The space itself combines traditional Japanese craftsmanship with local materials and updated design. Glass walls provide views of the native forest, the Cultural Village, and the tiny urban garden (tsubo-niwa) in the Courtyard.  A place to experience tea has been the number one visitor request for many years.

Built initially as an open-air café, our goal is to create a space for all seasons.

A Cultural Village

Tateuchi Courtyard

The Tateuchi Courtyard sits at the center of our new Cultural Village. Providing a free-flowing space where visitors can immerse themselves in traditional Japanese arts through seasonal activities, performances and demonstrations.

A Cultural Village

The Garden House

The Garden House will provide state-of-the art maintenance facilities for the gardening staff and additional educational space for hands-on training or exhibits.