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2018 International Japanese Garden Conference

Photo by Roman Johnston


Discover fresh new interpretations of an ancient art form at “Japan’s Gift to the World: Japanese Gardens as Global Phenomenon.”

We’re celebrating the more than 1,500 years of history of the Japanese garden with an international conference here in Portland, Oregon. Be a part of the conversation with garden leaders, authors, researchers, designers, practitioners, and government representatives from Japan, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Canada, France, the U.S., the U.K., Spain, and Russia about:

  • The contemporary and international meanings of Japanese gardens
  • Approaches for cultural and technical education for gardens outside Japan
  • Adaptation, restoration, and preservation approaches that keep gardens sustainable and vital
  • Japanese gardens in the context of ecologically-sensitive design

The conference is organized by the North American Japanese Garden Association and hosted by the Portland Japanese Garden. Co-presenters are the Garden Society of Japan, the Japanese Garden Society of the U.K., and the Japanese Garden Society of Denmark.


Conference Registration Fees

  • 3 Day, Early Bird, Non-member: $525*
  • 3 Day, Early Bird, Member: $425
  • 3 Day, Regular, Non-member:  $595
  • 3 Day, Regular, Member: $525
  • 3 Day, Regular (No Early Bird Available), Presenters (Member and Non-Member): $325
  • 1 Day, Regular(No Early Bird Available), Member: $190
  • 1 Day, Regular (No Early Bird Available), Non-Member: $215
  • 1 Day, Regular (No Early Bird Available), Students (with Valid current ID): $75

Early Bird pricing will end July 31, 2018.

*Member in all cases denotes NAJGA or Portland Japanese Garden Members

Additional, Optional Costs:

  • Welcome Banquet at Hilton Hotel (9/29) – $85
  • Evening reception at Portland Japanese Garden (9/30) – $35
  • Pre-conference tour** of Hoichi Kurisu’s Willamette Valley landscapes (9/28 – $85
  • Post-conference tour** of iconic Portland public gardens and landscapes (10/2) – $50
  • Guaranteed rate at the Hilton Downtown Portland – $219/night
  • Hands-on half-day intermediate-level bamboo workshop at the Portland Japanese Garden (9/27) – TBD

*Conference registration fee covers all Conference sessions, transportation to off-site Conference venues, lunch on three days, coffee and tea during the day, and free admission to the Portland Japanese Garden during the Conference.

**Pre and post-conference tours include transportation, lunch, and all admission fees.



For additional information about the conference, contact

To learn more about this gathering of Japanese gardens from around the world, email Kristin Faurest, Director, International Japanese Garden Training Center at


Spend three days in vibrant downtown Portland with abundant museums, gardens, restaurants, shops, parks, and mass-transit, and also spend time in the Portland Japanese Garden.  Consider extending your stay to explore Oregon’s scenic wonders such as Willamette Valley wine country, Mt. Hood, Columbia Gorge, Oregon coast, and the Cascade Mountains.

Getting Here – Everything you need to know about arriving Portland.
Getting Around – Learn how easy it is to travel by light rail, streetcar, bus, bike, foot, or car.
Maps – Find maps of the city and region and specialized transportation maps.
Food & Drink – Discover why Conde Nast Traveler says Portland “has captured the imagination of food-obsessed Americans.” (March 2013)
Activities & Attractions – Portland’s unexpected attractions range from gardens and museums to retailers of coffee, doughtnuts and book, while tax-free shopping, cycling, and hiking top the to-do list.

2018 日本庭園国際カンファレンス
開催期間: 2018年9月29日~10月1日

開催地: オレゴン州ポートランド市
主催: 北米日本庭園協会
協賛・後援:  日本庭園協会,  ポートランド日本庭園, デンマーク日本庭園協会, イギリス日本庭園協会



– 各国における日本庭園の違いや機能について考える
– 庭園従事者に技術のみにとどまらず、日本の伝統的な様式や美学、文化を伝える
– それぞれの土地の風土に合った庭園の維持管理、修復、改修を考える
– 21世紀の日本庭園のアイデンティティを追求する
– 一般の人々に日本庭園の魅力を伝える