The Japanese Garden is a bit out of the city centre and so public transport or a car is needed to get there. As it was summer we took the MAX to Oregon Zoo and then caught a shuttle bus up to the gardens. Out of season I think the transport changes so it is worth checking their website.
The plan had been for Allistar to sit in a bar watching England playing football in the World Cup and I was going to head to the gardens, but in the end we both watched the football and both visited the gardens.
The gardens were smaller than I had expected, but they are lovely to wander around. We have a couple of Japanese maples at home and it was lovely to see so many different types. The rose gardens are actually free and are a bit below the Japanese gardens. It was a baking hot day and there is limited shade in the rose garden but plenty of shade in the Japanese.
The rose garden was free and you get a good view from there across to a Mount Hood.