Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park

The Japanese Garden is located in the middle of Clingendael Park. You will find rare trees and plants in the garden. Because the garden is quite old and fragile, it is open only 8 weeks in the year.

Opening hours

The Japanese Garden is open from Saturday, 16 October to Sunday, 31 October 2021. The garden is open every day from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Would you like to visit the Japanese Garden? The entrance is on the Sterrebos side of the garden. The exit is by the wooden bridge (this used to be the main entrance). A maximum of 100 people are allowed in the garden at one time.

Location

Landgoed Clingendael, Wassenaarseweg. Plan your route on Google Maps. Follow the signs for ‘Japanse tuin’ in the park.

Access

A visit to the Japanese Garden is free of charge.

    Rules to protect the garden

    Because the Japanese Garden is extremely fragile, there are a few rules to protect it:

    • Not permitted: dogs, strollers or baby carriages and electric mobility devices such as a mobility scooter. 
    • Do you have a wheelchair? Then you can visit a smaller part of the garden. There is a separate entrance with a special shorter route through the garden. 
    • Are there many visitors? You may sometimes have to wait outside before you are allowed in the garden. There is a limit on the number of visitors allowed in the garden.
    • If the weather is bad, the garden could be closed temporarily, for example during heavy rainfall.

    Special atmosphere

    The garden has a unique and special atmosphere. This is due in part to the beautiful moss cover. There are also beautiful and rare plants and trees in the garden. In the spring you can admire the azaleas, rhododendrons and Japanese cherry trees. During the autumn the town is exceptionally colourful with the autumn hues of the different Japanese maple trees.

    The Japanese Garden in the autumn
    The Japanese Garden in the autumn

    Historical value

    The garden contains stone lanterns in all shapes and sizes. It also has 2 water casks. One water cask has 4 images of Buddhas. The other water cask is in the shape of a lotus flower. The pavilion offers a great vantage point to admire the garden. 

    The Japanese Garden in the spring
    The Japanese Garden in the spring

    Frequently asked questions

    • Children are permitted in the Japanese Garden. However, they do have to stay with you on the path at all times. Because the paths are narrow, baby carriages and strollers are not allowed in the garden.
    • Unfortunately it is not possible to reserve a visit or time slot. If you want to avoid crowds, you should come at the beginning or end of the day.
    • Yes, this is possible. You can have your wedding photos taken only during the normal opening hours of the Japanese Garden.
    • You can order food and drinks at the teahouse just outside of the Japanese Garden.
    Also see Clingendael Park

    Published: 1 October 2020Modified: 11 October 2021