As someone who has already experienced the serene beauty of Kyoto Garden, I couldn’t resist going back for another visit. It’s quickly become a favourite spot for my family and me, with its peaceful atmosphere and vibrant flora and fauna providing a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
This time around, I want to share my thoughts and experiences about our latest visit to Kyoto Garden in Holland Park, Kensington. Join me as I take you on a journey through this tranquil oasis in the heart of London.
Exploring Kyoto Garden: A Journey to Japan in London
1. About Kyoto Garden
What is the history of Kyoto Garden?
Kyoto Garden, located in the heart of Holland Park in Kensington, London, is a gift from the city of Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. The garden was opened in 1991 and has since become a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.
The design of the garden is based on the classic principles of Japanese garden art, which aim to create a harmonious and serene space that brings the natural world closer to the human experience. Every element of the garden, from the waterfalls and ponds to the carefully placed stones and lanterns, is designed to create a sense of balance and tranquillity.
2. Features of Kyoto Garden
Kyoto Garden is a true oasis of peace and tranquillity in the midst of the bustling city of London. It’s a beautiful Japanese garden with an array of traditional features that reflect the culture of Japan. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most striking features of this serene garden.
The tiered waterfalls create a sense of calm and serenity, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind. The sound of the cascading water is soothing and provides a peaceful background ambience.
Flora and Fauna
The garden is full of vibrant plants, including Japanese maple trees, cherry blossoms, and a variety of colourful flowers that add to the garden’s charm and beauty. The pond in the garden is home to an abundance of beautiful koi carp, which are a symbol of good luck in Japanese culture.
As you walk through the garden, you’ll notice traditional Japanese stone lanterns scattered throughout. These lanterns are made from granite or stone and are intricately carved with beautiful patterns and designs.
Overall, the garden is a stunning and serene oasis that offers visitors a glimpse into Japanese culture and traditions. It’s beautiful features and tranquil atmosphere make it a must-visit location for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London.
3. Useful Information for Visitors
Is Kyoto Garden free to enter?
The garden is a free-to-enter destination, which makes it accessible to everyone. It’s located in Holland Park in Kensington, London, and it’s easily accessible by public transport. The nearest tube stations are Holland Park (Central Line), Kensington High Street (Circle and District Lines), and Notting Hill Gate (Circle, District and Central Lines).
The garden is open daily from 7:30 am until 8 pm, so there’s plenty of time to explore and enjoy its beauty. There are plenty of photo opportunities, so don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone!
There are some rules to follow when visiting, such as no littering, no feeding the wildlife, and no swimming or paddling in the pond. It’s also important to be respectful of the garden and other visitors by keeping noise levels low and not damaging any of the plants or structures.
What is the best time to visit Kyoto Garden?
A great time to visit is in spring, in May when the cherry trees are in full bloom.
How long does it take to walk around Kyoto Garden?
The garden is not that big so doesn’t take that long to walk around. It really depends on how much time you want to spend enjoying the surroundings.
4. Other Attractions in the area
If you’re planning to visit, you might also want to consider exploring the rest of Holland Park. This 54-acre park offers a variety of activities for visitors, from strolling through the tranquil Kyoto Garden to playing sports, having a picnic in the open spaces or visiting the opera.
Additionally, there are several museums and attractions nearby, such as the Design Museum, Leighton House Museum, and the Science Museum. If you have time, I would highly recommend checking them out to further immerse yourself in the culture and history of the area.
5. Personal Reflection and Recommendations
The peaceful atmosphere of the garden is truly remarkable. It’s hard to believe that such a serene space exists in the heart of London. Every time I visit, I feel like I’m transported to a different world, one that’s free from the stresses and worries of everyday life.
One of my favourite things about Kyoto Garden is the pond full of beautiful koi carp. Watching these elegant fish swim around is incredibly calming, and it’s easy to lose track of time as you sit and watch them.
Another highlight of the garden is the tiered waterfalls. The sound of the water cascading down the rocks creates a soothing background noise that adds to the overall peaceful atmosphere.
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In conclusion, our visit to Kyoto Garden was a truly serene and peaceful experience, transporting us to the heart of Japan right in the middle of London. We highly recommend visiting this beautiful garden, especially for those looking for a relaxing and meditative experience.
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Have you visited Kyoto Garden before? What was your favourite feature of the garden? Let us know in the comments below!
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Love you all ❤️
The gardens look beautiful and you have included some really useful info x
melanie stirling says
This looks beautiful and if I lived closer it is definitely somewhere I would go.
Iain maciver says
looks stunning maybe one will go there
Margaret Clarkson says
It looks so beautiful there. Just the kind of place I love to visit, hopefully it won’t be too long before I get chance to visit London again and I can explore this wonderful garden.
C Kimber says
Joo Dee says
Amazing to think somewhere like this is in London
Susie Wilkinson says
I’d not heard of this, when I’m next in London it will be on my list!
George Spedding says
an oasis in the capital
Donna Loxton says
I haven’t visited this but what such beautiful scenery.
Margaret Gallagher says
Beautiful place – would love to see for myself to
Siobhan N says
I had not heard of them before, but they look beautiful!
fiona waterworth says
being avid gardeners the beauty in these gardens is absolutely beautiful, and we wish our gardens would come even near these
Marie Smith says
Wow! It looks so tranquil and free to enter too.
Emma Walters says
my sons favourite country, looks perfect for him to visit
What a beautiful garden – well worth a trip
Nat M says
Oh wow! Didn’t know this was there… looks gorgeous – will have to check it out.
Lisa Wilkinson says
I would love to visit here. It looks so beautiful and peaceful
Pam Gregory says
Wow looks amazing & I would love to visit
Rebecca Sutton says
It looks amazing there, this will have to do on my places to see list!
Paul Planck says
The gardens look beautiful and I hope to visit some time in the future
Emma Little (stardust) says
Stunning scenery, I’m pleased you all enjoyed it
Priscilla Stubbs says
That looks absolutely amazing. I would love to visit
Laura Pritchard says
This reminds me of the Chinese gardens in Darling Harbour in Sydney! They are both stunning!
lorraine dunne says
Looks so beautiful like something out of a firytale
claire woods says
I’ve not been here but looks amazing. Going to add it to my list. My son Samuel loves anything to do with Japan. We’ve been to a Japanese garden in Cornwall.