See the Portland Japanese Garden Dressed Up for Fall

With vibrant red maples, serene pond-spanning bridges, and golden leaves blowing across pebble and sand gardens, it's the perfect time of year to bundle up and pay a visit to the garden.

By Anna Loh and Sarah Ostaszewski Photography by Sara Rangel November 12, 2014

With vibrant, multi-hued leaves of gold and orange scattered across the pond gardens and bright crimson trees peeking through the green, the Portland Japanese Garden beckons your visit this fall before its colder (and less colorful) transition to winter. With five distinct garden styles—each exuding a sense of harmony through traditional Japanese landscaped compositions—this 5.5 acre-wide garden is a spectacle with pagodas, quaint bridges, and carefully crafted karesansui (gardens of raked sand). Wander through the Strolling Pond Garden and spot the beautiful koi in the pools, or spend some time in the Tea Garden amid a rustic garden path and lanterns for quiet reflection. The Portland Japanese Garden’s fall hours are Monday, 12 pm to 4 pm, and Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Click through to the slide show above for a tour of the garden's gorgeous fall colors.

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