On March 1, the Portland Japanese Gardens reopened for the spring season after a six month closure. Although construction is still underway for an expansion project on the grounds – which is scheduled to be completed in Spring of 2017 –  the original gardens remain untouched and are now open for members and visitors alike.

And Spring is a prime time for visiting, as the garden’s 75 year old cherry tree is in full bloom and the Koi fish awaken from hibernation. Like Voodoo Donuts (love it or hate it), you’re not a true Portlander until you’ve tried it. The Japanese Gardens are far from just a tourist attraction. Go for the beautiful scenery, stay to meditate or unwind.