2024 Public Tulip Garden Viewing - Japan-en

2024 Public Tulip Garden Viewing

News item | 21-03-2024 | 01:21

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan will open its doors to the public for a viewing of the Residence’s Tulip Garden on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April. The Ambassador's Residence itself will be open to the public at the same time, only for this special occasion. We hope that you will be able to share the joy of this beautiful spring with us while appreciating the tulips!

This event is reservation only!
Please register HERE (Peatix)

Outline of the event
Date: Friday 5 April and Saturday 6 April, 10:00-16:00 
Place: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 3-6-3 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011

Participation: Reservation-only
Admission: Free

About 14,300 tulips and 77 varieties
Tulips, the national flower of the Netherlands, along with other flowers, are a major export industry of the Netherlands. It is said that about 80% of the world's tulip fields are in the Netherlands. This year, the Ambassador's residence is decorated with about 14,300 tulips from the Netherlands.

The Ambassador's Residence, open to the public for a special viewing
It has been about 100 years since the first official residence was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and rebuilt in 1928. The building, which still retains its traditional rustic atmosphere, is decorated with traditional and contemporary design furniture and artwork, including works by 19th century Dutch painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and red & blue chairs by Gerrit Rietveld, creating a special atmosphere which blends Japan and the Netherlands.

Dutch sweets 'Stroopwafel' will also be on sale
The 'Stroopwafel' is said to have originated in Gouda, the Netherlands, a city famous for its cheese. It is a thin waffle with caramel syrup in between, and the Dutch way of eating it is to put it on top of a cup of coffee or other hot drink to soften it before eating. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society to help the victims of the 2024 Noto Earthquake.

≪About Reservations≫
- This is a reservation-only event using the Peatix system. Those without a reservation will not be allowed to enter the embassy for this event.
- Any questions regarding the Peatix system itself, please check the Peatix site: LINK.
- One person can make a reservation for a maximum of two people, but please make sure that both of you come together on the day of the event.
- Please note that multiple bookings from the same account will be automatically cancelled.
- Please refrain from transferring or reselling reserved tickets.

≪How to enter and participate≫
- At the entrance gate, you will need to show your booking QR code.
- The maximum duration of stay is 20 minutes.
- Please follow the designated one-way route in the garden.
- Please maintain a social distance from those in front of and behind you.

Please note that we do not accept inquiries by phone or e-mail regarding this event. If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ below.
-  Please note that the event may be cancelled, the number of participants may be limited, or the conditions of participation may be changed. The latest information will be posted on the embassy's website and social media channels.
- The event will be held rain or shine, and will be cancelled in case of a storm. In the event of cancellation, a notice will be posted on the embassy's website and our social media channels.
- In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this event will be operated in accordance with the Japanese Government's Basic Infection Prevention Measures, and we ask for the cooperation of everyone who participates.
- Please do not participate voluntarily if you are unwell or have a body temperature of 37.5°C or higher.
- If you do not follow the precautions, you may be asked to leave or be refused entry.

≪FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions≫

Q:  Do children also need to make a reservation?
A:  Children under primary school age do not need to be registered. However, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Q: Can I come to the venue by car?
A: No. We do not have a parking lot.

Q: Where is the nearest station?
A: The venue is a 7-minute walk from Exit 3 of Kamiyacho Station on the Hibiya Subway Line or a 10-minute walk from Onarimon Station (Exit A5) on the Toei Mita Line.

Q: Can I attend without a reservation?
A: This is a reservation-only event, and those without reservations will not be admitted.

Q: How much is the participation fee?  
A: Free of charge.

Q: Can I take pictures on the day of the event?
A: Photography (still and video) is allowed, but please be considerate of those around you.

Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Sorry, we do not allow pets. 

Q: When will the event be canceled?
A: The event will be held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in case of inclement weather. If the event is canceled, we will announce it on this webpage and our social media channels.

Q: Is the event wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, you can see the tulips in front of the official residence and along the tree-lined avenue.
Please note that there are some areas where we ask visitors to refrain from entering for safety reasons.

Q: Are there restrooms available?
A: There are no restrooms in the publicly accessible areas.

Q: Is there a smoking area?
A: Smoking is not permitted on the Embassy grounds.

Q: Can I eat or drink?
A: Eating and drinking are not permitted on the Embassy grounds or in the Ambassador's Residence.

Q: After entering the Embassy, may I walk around freely?
A: After entering the Embassy, please follow the one-way route.
In order to allow as many visitors as possible to view the exhibition, the route may only be passed through once.

Q: Can I store my luggage in a cloakroom?
A: We are unable to store luggage inside the Embassy.

Q: Will there be fundraising for the Ukraine and earthquake relief efforts as in previous years?
A: We will be raising funds again this year and plan to donate the proceeds from the sale of "Stroopwafels" to the Japanese Red Cross Society for the  support relief of the 2024 Noto Earthquake.

Q: Can I make a donation even though I cannot enter the museum due to full reservations?
A: The "Stroopwafels" will only be sold inside the venue, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will not be able to purchase the waffle. However, if you would like to make a donation, please ask an Embassy staff member.