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. Due to the measures to contain the coronavirus the garden will stay closed this spring.

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

Opening hours

You can visit the Japanese Garden again in the autumn of 2020 from 10 to 25 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

    Landgoed Clingendael (in Dutch)

    Published: 7 March 2017Modified: 14 May 2020