2018 International Conference


Japan’s Gift to the World –

Japanese Gardens as Global Phenomenon

Portland Hilton Hotel | Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2018
Optional tours before and after the conference

For over 1,500 years, Japanese garden art has developed throughout Japan’s islands and then across six continents.  Join us for an international gathering of Japanese garden professionals, enthusiasts, academics and students to address our shared challenges in creating, adapting, renovating, maintaining and restoring Japanese gardens around the world.   This conference will explore:

  • relevance and functions of Japanese gardens in different settings throughout the world
  • training in technical skills and cultural context for gardeners
  • successes and issues in adapting to local conditions, restoration, and renovation
  • defining the identity of Japanese gardens in the 21st  century
  • reaching new audiences

The conference will feature individual speakers and panels with simultaneous translation in Japanese and English as well as hands-on workshops in gardening skills.  Scholarships will be provided for up to 50 students and beginning practitioners.   Spend three days in vibrant downtown Portland with abundant museums, gardens, restaurants, shops, parks, and mass-transit.  Some events will also be held at the renowned Portland Japanese Garden.   Extend your stay to explore Oregon’s scenic wonders such as Willamette Valley wine country, Mt. Hood, Columbia Gorge, Oregon coast, and Cascade Mountains.


Conference Lodging –


Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue,
Portland, Oregon 97204, USA
TEL: +1-503-226-1611
FAX: +1-503-220-2565
Map & Directions from Portland International Airport

Enjoy the convenience of having your room just steps away from the panels, lunches, banquet and the bus departure points by staying at the Downtown Hilton. Please note that discounted room rates are no longer available, and a couple of dates may have booked full. It’s still worth checking in case there were any cancellations and you may also want to check with the Duniway as it’s right across the street.




for NAJGA conference rates
(discount good for days before and after
the conference, too!)

Registration Rates –

Portland Japanese Garden members and Conference Presenters:
please use the Discount Code you will receive via email.

Full 3-day Conference –
Members:  $525 (Early Bird $425)
Non-members: $595 (Early Bird $525)

Presenters: $325 (no other discounts apply)

Single Day Registration –
Member: $190
Non-Member: $215
Students (with Valid current ID): $75

Pre and Post Conference Tours –
Friday, Pre-conference Trip: $85 (includes lunch and transportation)
Tuesday, Post-conference Trip: $39 (includes 1-day transit pass)

Banquet & Reception-
Saturday, Banquet: $85
Sunday, Portland Garden Reception: $35

Bamboo workshop at the Portland Japanese Garden – 
Price: $100
Please send an e-mail including proof of conference registration to Kristin Faurest. See the Conference Agenda for more information.

Early Bird pricing to run until July 31st at midnight Pacific Time.  Registration ends Monday, September 24th at midnight Pacific Time.  Refunds for cancellations will be considered up to 14 days prior to the event.  An administrative fee of 10% will apply.



Thursday September 27th, 4:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday September 28th, 8:00 am – 9:00 am, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday September 29th, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday September 30th, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday October 1st, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


*Note: NAJGA offers the above registration times. To avoid the morning rush before the Friday tour & opening plenary sessions, please plan to register the day prior.