The Portland Japanese Garden has long been a popular destination for townies and tourists alike. On Sunday, April 2, the park is set to accrue yet more acclaim. On that day, the gates open to the Garden's new Cultural Village—a 3.4-acre, $33.5 million expansion designed by superstar architect Kengo Kuma (the mind behind the redesigned Shizuku by Chef Naoko and a soon-to-come national stadium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics).

Kuma's expansion project—launched in 2011 and entailing close partnership with the Garden's curator and master craftsman Sadafumi Uchiyama—adds three buildings and three gardens (a bonsai terrace among them), all clustered near a new entrance point to the Garden's nine-acre swath of Washington Park.

Says Kuma, "Japanese gardens play a big role in busy environments. They can introduce a new way of thinking, a particular philosophy of contemplation, and deep connection to nature.”

Whatever your reason for escaping city bustle, the Garden's serene new digs are a superlative destination—as this slideshow attests.

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