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A Stunning Time to Visit the Garden

Photo by Roman Johnston

The recently expanded Portland Japanese Garden is a standout in any season but autumn is perhaps the most breathtaking time of year to view its eight public gardens spread over 12 acres. For these few weeks each year, the Garden’s Japanese maples, woven amongst a curtain of native evergreens, turn to fiery shades of red and gold.


In a part of the world better known for its year-round greenery, once a year – the Pacific Northwest comes to life with exquisite tone and texture. It’s a photographer’s dream – professionals and amateurs alike.

The bright leaves are made by strong light and cold. When crisp autumn night air combines with bright, warm days, leaves burst with red tones.

Visitors come from all over the world to photograph the Garden in the fall. Throughout the city, maple and larch trees burst into vibrant red and gold hues. The sidewalks are scattered with handfuls of brilliant leaves. When fall hits Portland, it is absolutely stunning.


While the City of Portland is vibrant and full of colors, Portland Japanese Garden takes just a few weeks longer to reach peak color because of its microclimate. Visitors are encouraged to take that into consideration when planning a trip to the Garden.

“The” maple tree is rumored to be one of the most photographed trees in the United States. When you see it in the fall, you understand why!

As you’ll see in these photo galleries, Portland Japanese Garden offers a wonderful display of color in myriad shades of red, orange, and yellow. We are nationally recognized for our (year-round) beauty. Come pay us a visit this fall.

Fall Color Update

View the current status of the Garden’s fall colors with these up-to-date photo galleries.