Getting Here & Parking


The Garden is located in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, directly above the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park at 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205

Garden Shuttle Service

The Garden Shuttle runs every 15 minutes during regular Garden Hours.

Avoid Parking Hassles. Come By Mass Transit.

Year-round, the Garden is served by TriMet bus #63 which connects to the MAX stations at the Oregon Zoo and Providence Park.

For those who don’t mind a walk, the frequent-service buses #15-NW 23rd and #20-Burnside both stop at NW 23rd & Burnside, which is about a one-mile walk up through Washington Park.

Or you can take the Red or Blue line MAX train to the Washington Park stop (aka, the Zoo) and then take a free Explore Washington Park shuttle to the Garden.

The Explore Washington Park Free Shuttle will Resume in Spring 2018

From April through October, Explore Washington Park Free Shuttle links the Portland Japanese Garden to the Washington Park MAX station, as well as the other park attractions.

Frequency: Every 15 minutes
Schedule: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Weekends: April, October
Daily: May-September

Shuttle Route and Stops

  • Washington Park MAX Station
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Portland Japanese Garden / International Rose Test Garden
  • Elephant House / Playground
  • Sacajawea Statute
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Portland Japanese Garden / International Rose Test Garden
  • Archery Range
  • Vietnam Memorial

By Car

From I-405 (downtown Portland) follow signs for Highway 26 West. From Highway 26 West, take the Oregon Zoo & Forestry Center exit. Bear right after the exit and follow signs for the Forestry Center. Continue up the hill past the Forestry Center and make a right turn onto Kingston Drive (there will be a wooden sign for the Japanese Garden and International Rose Test Garden just before the turn). Follow Kingston Drive about two miles through Washington Park. At the stop sign, make a left turn onto Kingston Avenue and go two blocks. You will see our parking lot on your left. For general information about parking in Washington Park click here.

For Washington Park real-time parking information, please click here.

Due to the Washington Park Reservoir improvement project, there will be a significant reduction of parking spots around Washington Park. For more information, please click here.

Alternatives for Visitors with Disabilities

Ride Connection provides information about transportation services in the Portland area. Reach them at or (503) 226-0700.