Kyoto Garden is a must see in London, a tiny piece of Japan in the heart of West London. The garden was opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. The garden is designed to reflect key traits of Japanese gardens, including a rock waterfall, koi carp and peacocks.
Getting there: Kyoto Garden in located in Holland Park in Kensington, West London. The nearest underground stations are Holland Park (Central Line), High Street Kensington Station (Circle and District Lines) and Notting Hill Station (Central, District and Circle Lines). It is also close to the Kensington Olympia Overground Station. There is paid parking in the park if you are looking to drive there.
Kyoto Garden is a small garden that sits within Holland Park, the largest park within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Holland park itself is a lovely park to explore, with a large woodland area, an Ecology Centre and children’s play area. The park is open daily from 7.30am until 30 minutes before dusk.
The area around Holland Park is also lovely to continue walking through. The houses are really beautiful and unique to this part of London. There are also a number of different restaurants and cafes near by. Holland Park is also a short walk away from Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens.
Final Thoughts: I would really recommend checking out Kyoto Gardens, especially if you are in the area – it really is a treasure you wouldn’t expect to find in London. It is a lovely place to spend some time relaxing and reflecting and it is totally free to visit! For more information about the park and garden, visit the official website: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park