Yaaaa! The Japanese Garden is opening again! The doors were closed during the corona crisis, but from Saturday 31 October to Sunday

October visitors are welcome again . Pay attention, because the temporary entrance can now be found in the Sterrebos.

Have you never been to the Japanese Garden in Clingendael? Merijn van Grieken of Het Haagse Groen gives five reasons to go and watch.

1. Just because it’s possible

We can finally go back to the Japanese Garden in Clingendael! If that’s not a good reason to put on the shoes, then we don’t know what is. Walking through the garden and enjoying the autumn colors and the scents of flowers and plants is a completely different experience than seeing the garden in a movie.

The straight oak lane. Photo Anne-Marie: Valerie Kuypers

2. Cloud pruning

Maintaining a Japanese Garden is quite something, because it is full of trees and plants of sometimes more than 100 years old. The Japanese Garden has been cared for for over twenty years by gardener Nelis who learned the intricacies of the trade from his predecessor. “Japanese pruning is a profession in its own right; it is also called cloud pruning. The Japanese look at it branch by branch, leaf by leaf and layer by layer. Layering is very important for Japanese trees and plants. You have to be able to see through it,” says Nelis. It is worth looking at the result.

The Japanese Garden has been cared for by gardener Nelis for over twenty years. (Photo: Fleur Beemster)

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3. Oldest Japanese Garden in the Netherlands

The Japanese Garden is the oldest Japanese garden in the Netherlands. “The proof is on a support beam in the ridge of the tea pavilion. There it says ‘9-7-1913’. A contractor found this out by accident when he was refurbishing the pavilion. With an area of ​​6.800 square meters it is also the largest in our country.

4. Chase away evil spirits!

The red bridge not only symbolizes joy, it also wards off evil spirits, the story goes. So saved a lot of evil spirits in corona time? Leave them in the garden!

The red bridge is not only a symbol of joy, it also wards off evil spirits. Photo Anne-Marie: Valerie Kuypers

5. Green carpet of moss

We often overlook it in nature, but for an Asian garden it is an indispensable plant: moss. There are 40 different species growing in the Japanese Garden! Moss grows best in shade. If you go down on your knees you will see: one moss is not the other. This green carpet also makes the garden very vulnerable. That is why the Japanese Garden is only open for a limited time.


Date: The Japanese Garden is open from Saturday
October to Sunday 58 October 1913

Time : by 00. until 16. o’clock .

Entrance: temporarily via the Sterrebos

Exit: at the wooden bridge. The entrance and exit are indicated by signs.

Maximum number of people:
Due to the fragility of the garden, a hundred people can be in the garden at the same time.

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