April 27, 2019 – June 10, 2019 all-day

The Japanese Garden is the showpiece of the Clingendael estate. Here you can see beautiful and rare trees and plants. The garden is very fragile. That is why the Japanese Garden is only open 8 weeks a year. The garden is open again in the spring of 2019, from 27 April to 10 June.

Opening hours

The Japanese Garden is open for a few weeks in the spring and autumn. Unfortunately you cannot visit the garden outside these times (also not by appointment).

  • Spring 2019: open from 27 April to 10 June, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Impact of vulnerability

There are a few rules to protect the garden:

  • Dogs, buggies and electrically powered aids are not permitted.
  • Do you have a wheelchair? Then you can visit a limited part of the garden. There is a separate entrance with a special, shorter route through the garden.
  • Are there many visitors? Then you sometimes have to wait a while before you can enter the garden. A maximum number of visitors may enter the garden.
The Japanese Garden in the fall
The Japanese Garden in the fall


The Japanese Garden was laid out in the early 20th century by the then owner of the Clingendael estate, Marguerite M. Baronesse van Brienen (1871-1939). She was also called Lady Daisy. She made one or more trips to Japan by ship. She then shipped a few lanterns, a water barrel, statues, bridges and perhaps the pavilion to the Netherlands.

It is the only Japanese Garden in the Netherlands from around 1910. It therefore has a high historical value. From 1954 the municipality manages the Clingendael estate. Haeghe Schoon en Groen employees of the Haeghe Group municipal service maintain the Japanese Garden. 

Place for rest and reflection

The garden has its own unique and surprising atmosphere, partly due to the beautiful layer of moss. The garden contains many stone lanterns, with a wide variety of shapes. There are also 2 water barrels. The one water vessel has 4 images of Buddhas. The other water tank has the shape of a lotus flower.

The beautiful pavilion is a popular place to admire the garden from there. Until around 1940 there were sliding panels in the pavilion. These panels were replaced in 2009 with the cooperation of Japanese architects. The heritage of freule Daisy is now a place of serene tranquility and reflection for visitors to the Japanese Garden.