Not having visited a Japanese garden before, we took this opportunity to visit the Kyoto Garden within Holland Park. As of April 2016, Holland Park underground station is closed for upgrading works and as such, we got off at Notting Hill Gate and took a short couple of minutes bus ride. From the bus stand it’s about 50m to the entrance of Holland Park. On the way, you’ll pass posh residences as evident by expansive cars parked in-front of the houses.
Holland Park is a 22.5 hectares garden with children’s playground facilities, sports areas, cafeteria and areas of woodland with wildlife. Contained within the park, is the beautiful Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991 to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain.
The peaceful Kyoto Garden is a hidden gem of a small section of Japan inside an English setting. The garden is beautifully designed with a pond, colourful plants, shrubs and water features to reflect the traits of a Japanese garden, including stone lanterns, tiered waterfalls and plenty of carps.
The setting is lovely because it is quite secluded, calm and serene. It has many benches to sit and relax. The garden itself isn’t big and you’ll be able to walk around it in fifteen minutes. As you walk up the stairs to the garden, just follow the path and walk around the garden, over the bridge and see some seriously huge carps in the pond. Along the path there is a plaque commemorating the presentation of the Kyoto Garden to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Below are pictures of the garden and no captions required to express the charm of the garden.
We were at Kyoto Garden early in the morning on a working day, thus no crowd at all. We got the whole park almost to ourselves. This isn’t true if it’s on a holiday, weekend or during summer. So plan your visit accordingly.