Holland Park is a much loved 22-hectare space in wealthy Kensington, central west London, here. Of the many points of interest within the park, one remarkable attraction is the Kyoto Garden. The Garden was created in 1991 as a gift from the city of Kyoto, Japan, to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. The garden is a traditional Japanese garden with tranquil tiered waterfalls, a serene lake with attractive reflections and beautiful koi carp. There are stone lanterns, bamboo structures, spiritual stones, a stone bridge and Japanese maple trees, all set in elegant lawns. A winding circular path guides the visitor calmly around the lake, and offers new views at every turn. There are constant changes of colour throughout the seasons. As intended, it’s a wonderfully serene place for relaxation and contemplation.
In July 2012 the Kyoto Garden was extended with the addition of the Fukushima Memorial Garden, to acknowledge the gratitude of the Japanese people to the British people for their support following the natural disasters that struck in March 2011.
All much appreciated.