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 a few weeks in the year.

The Japanese Garden is open this autumn from Saturday, 14 October to Sunday, 29 October from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

It can get busy in the Japanese Garden. Therefore it now has a separate entrance and exit. These are signposted. The entrance (ingang) is located by the wooden bridge. The exit (uitgang) is through the handicapped entrance/exit by the Sterrebos.

The Japanese Garden is often busier in the weekend than on a weekday.

Watch the video Enjoy spring in the Japanese Garden (YouTube channel of the municipality)


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


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. People in wheelchairs can enter the Japanese Garden through the exit gate for the other visitors.
    • Are there a lot of 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.
    • The garden could be closed temporarily in bad weather, for example during heavy rainfall.

    Special atmosphere

    The Japanese 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 blossom trees. During the autumn the garden 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.
    • Unfortunately it is not possible to reserve a visit or time slot. If you want to avoid crowds, you should come at the beginning of the day or later in the afternoon.
    • Yes, this is allowed. However, you can only have wedding photos taken during the regular 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: 23 March 2023Modified: 11 September 2023