Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park

The magnificent Japanese Garden is the crown jewel of Clingendael Park, with beautiful and rare trees and plants. The garden is extremely fragile. That is why the Japanese Garden is open only 8 weeks in the year. The garden is open again in the spring of 2019.

Opening hours

The Japanese Garden is open for several weeks in the spring and autumn. It is not possible to visit the garden outside of these times (also not by appointment).

  • Spring 2019: open from 27 April to 10 June, from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs.
  • Autumn 2019: open from 12 to 27 October, from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Consequences of the garden's fragility

To protect the garden there are a few rules:

  • Not permitted: dogs, strollers or baby carriages and electric mobility devices. 
  • Do you have a wheelchair? Then you will have only limited access to the garden. There is a separate entrance with a special shorter route through the garden. 
  • Are there many visitors? You may have to wait outside before you are allowed in. There is a limit on the number of visitors allowed at a given time.
The Japanese Garden in the autumn
The Japanese Garden in the autumn

History

The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, MarguĂ©rite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. Lady Daisy undertook several voyages by ship to Japan. She brought back to the Netherlands a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the little bridges and possibly the pavilion.

It is the only Japanese Garden in the Netherlands from around 1910 and therefore has a high historical value. The municipality has managed the Clingendael estate since 1954. Staff of Haeghe Schoon en Groen from the municipality's Haeghe Groep maintain the Japanese Garden.

Place of serenity and reflection

The garden has a unique and surprising atmosphere, partly thanks to the beautiful moss cover. The garden contains many 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 beautiful pavilion offers a great vantage point to admire the garden. The pavilion had sliding doors until around 1940. These panels were put back in place in 2009 with the help of Japanese architects. Lady Daisy's legacy is now a place of serenity and reflection for visitors to the Japanese Garden.

More information

Brochure about the Japanese Garden (English) (PDF, 848,7 kB)
Brochure about the Japanese Garden (Dutch) (PDF, 3,5 MB)

Published: 7 March 2017Modified: 1 May 2019