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The Umami Café at Portland Japanese Garden is the Perfect Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The Umami Cafe in winter after snow fall. Photo by Tyler Quinn.
The Umami Cafe in winter after snowfall. Photo by Tyler Quinn.

PORTLAND, Ore. — February 3, 2022 — With Valentine’s Day approaching and chilly conditions around us, what better place to cozy up next to a loved one than Portland Japanese Garden’s Umami Café? The inviting Umami Café is an idyllic and romantic setting, cast against a backdrop of Pacific Northwest forest and the Garden’s Cultural Village.

Inside the Umami Café. Photo by Jonathan Ley.

Visitors will be offered a special tea set on February 12 and February 13 headlined by a special treat from Mio Asaka of Mio’s Delectables, handcrafted raspberry cream pie featuring both fresh raspberry and raspberry confiture paired with a bowl of ceremonial grade matcha tea from the internationally renowned, Tokyo-based, Jugetsudo tea company. The offering begins with house-made miso soup with steamed rice featuring white miso, tofu, chives, and hijiki seaweed.

Special to the Umami Cafe for only two days, a raspberry cream pie made by Mio’s Delectables. Photo by Mio’s Delectables.

Reminiscent of Kyoto’s legendary Kiyomizu-dera temple, the Umami Café floats over a scenic hillside that provides enchanting views of the Garden’s surroundings here in Washington Park. Visitors can either begin or conclude their visit to our serene Portland Japanese Garden with a stop by the Umami Café. Here they will be attended by gracious and attentive staff and experience some of the most delightful offerings of Japanese cuisine.

Hours and Admission:

  • Garden Public Hours: 10:00am-3:30pm | Wednesday – Monday, closed Tuesdays
  • Garden Member Hours: 8:00am-10:00am | Wednesday – Monday, closed Tuesdays
  • Umami Café Hours: 9:30am-3:30pm (last seating 3:30pm) | Wednesday – Monday, closed Tuesdays
  • Adult admission: $19.95
  • Tickets can be purchased at
  • More information on spring at Portland Japanese Garden can be found here

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Media Contact:

Will Lerner | Communications Specialist | (503) 542-9351 | [email protected]

About Portland Japanese Garden:  

Portland Japanese Garden is a nonprofit organization originally founded in 1963 as a place for cross-cultural understanding following World War II. A hallmark in the City of Portland, the Garden was founded on the ideals of peace and mutual understanding between peoples and cultures. Portland Japanese Garden is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and the foremost Japanese cultural organization in North America.