This is the Japanese Garden within the Clingendael estate or Landgoed Clingendael, situated between The Hague and Wassenaar. Clingendael translates as “valley between the dunes”.
It was created around 1910 by the former Clingendael estate owner, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also known as Lady Daisy. She had visited Japan several times and had shipped a number of lanterns, little bridges, a water basin, some plants for her garden and possibly the pavilion. This garden was her interpretation of a Japanese style garden.
This small unique garden is augmented by layers of moss with beautiful and rare trees and plants. The many stone lanterns come in a variety of shapes with images such as Buddha, fish and deer (holy animal in Japan). The garden also contains a small shrine with a sculpture of Jizo (patron of children and travelers), water barrels, artifacts and ponds.
The Japanese Garden of Clingendael is considered to be of great historical importance in the Netherlands. It is only open to the public 8 weeks in the year during spring and autumn seasons because of the fragile state of the plants and mosses.
Spring 2018: from 28 April to 10 June
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm
Autumn 2018: from 13 October to 28 October
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm
It is not possible to visit the garden outside these hours, not even with an appointment. Strollers or baby carriages and electric mobility devices are not allowed in the garden premises. Dogs are prohibited to enter. It is, however, wheelchair accessible but with limited access. Entry to this Japanese Garden is FREE.
The estate is now the property of the city The Hague since 1954.
Should you want to visit … The Japanese Garden itself is quite small and not worth the trip all the way just for it. Nevertheless, combine your visit with a walking route available (2km or 4 km) around the two estate; Clingendael and Oosterbeek, enjoying the greenery. Check out the map provided right after the entrance gate (next to the restrooms). No paper maps available so snap a photo while you are at it.
You will come across Huys Clingendael residence building, the old Dutch garden, bunkers, a large playground and a tea house where you can get a cup of tea or coffee with apple pie or an ice cream. The estate is freely accessible and open throughout the year.
Getting There: The main entrance is on the ‘Wassenaarseweg’.
If you are coming by car, you can park your car in the surrounding residential areas.
If you are coming by public transport, take the 10min bus ride with bus line 18 (direction Clingendael) from Den Haag central station. Alight at the last bus stop and walk back towards the Clingendael estate.