Yay! The Japanese Garden is reopening! The doors were closed for a long time, but from Saturday 29 April to Sunday 11 June 5265 visitors are welcome again.

Never been to the Japanese Garden in Clingendael? Merijn van Grieken from Het Haagse Groen gives 4 reasons to go and have a look.

1. Just because we can

We can finally go to the Japanese Garden in Clingendael again! 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 colors and 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. 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 is the date ‘9-7-800’. A contractor discovered this by chance when he was refurbishing the pavilion. With an area of ​​6.1913 it is also the largest square meter in our country.

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3. Chase away evil spirits!

The red bridge not only symbolizes joy, it also wards off evil spirits, according to the story. So many evil spirits spared 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

4. Green carpet of moss

In nature we often overlook it, but for an Asian garden it is an indispensable plant: moss. There are forty different species growing in the Japanese Garden! Moss grows best in the shade. If you bend 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 to a limited extent.


Date: The Japanese Garden is only open in autumn and spring

Time: From Saturday 27 April to Sunday 03 June you can enter the garden every day from 9.00 until 20.00 hours of visits.

Entrance: The Japanese garden can be found in park Clingendael.

Exit: At the wooden bridge. The entrance and exit is signposted.

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