Public tours with the Garden’s well trained and knowledgeable volunteer guides are complimentary with admission. Tour times are subject to volunteer availability, but are generally available at noon in March-October and on weekends only at noon in November-February. For the most up to date list of tour times please call 503-223-1321 on the day of your visit.
Public tours begin at the Nezu Gate in the Garden and last approximately one hour. Visitors are welcome to join in or drop out at any time and no reservations are required to join.
Private Guided Tours
Private guided tours with trained volunteer guides are available for groups of 10 or more at a discounted rate. All private guided tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance and paid for in a single payment.
Guided K-12 School Tours
The Portland Japanese Garden requires all visiting school groups grades K-12 to have a guided tour of the Garden and offers a special discounted rate for students and chaperones. The minimum number of people required for a school is 10 people. The maximum number of students and chaperones allowed at one time is 35. We require at least three weeks advance notice to book a guided school tour. In order to keep the Garden tranquil for our members, school tours are scheduled on Tuesday-Thursdays only.
The Garden offers discounted admission tickets to groups of 10 or more people (children 5 and under not included) who would like to visit the Garden without reserving a guided tour. These groups must book at least a week in advance and pay in a single payment to receive the discounted rate.