Tranquil Japanese park space…
…not in Kyoto.
Because it’s actually in Holland Park. Opened back in 1992 this serene, perfectly manicured Japanese garden was a gift from the city of Kyoto itself, as a gesture of goodwill to commemorate the longstanding friendship between Great Britain and Japan (which mostly derives from our mutual respect for proper queuing etiquette).
The garden itself is made in the style of ‘kaiyushiki’ which translates to ‘stroll garden’ and is centred around a gorgeously tiered waterfall that ends in a placid, ornamental pond full of Japanese native Koi Carp.
For horticulture vultures, there’s an array of impressive foliage on display including weeping acer trees – also known as Japanese maple trees – and dahlia. But the most impressive of all, due to its significance to the Japanese culture and limited flowering season is the famous cherry blossom tree; bright pink when in bloom, it represents the fragility and beauty of life and is celebrated in Japan.
Beyond the greenery, you can check out the beautiful pagoda, stroll over the quaint bridge, enjoy the babbling of the stream, and admire the ornate stone carvings that all give the place its peaceful atmosphere. There’s even a muster of peacocks to enjoy.
And yes, that is the collective noun for a bunch of peacocks.
NOTE: The Kyoto Garden is open from 7.30am, and closes 30 minutes before dusk each day. It’s free to visit, and you can find out more right HERE.
Kyoto Garden | Holland Park, Holland Park Ave, Kensington, W11 4UA
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