Celebrate the iconic plants, art and culture of Japan at our autumn festival.
Come to Kew Gardens this autumn to explore the fascinating plants, art and culture of Japan.
From stunning artistic displays to a Momijigari Trail around the Gardens, our festival offers so much to celebrate.
Momijigari is the tradition of visiting places that are brimming with red leaves in autumn.
Follow our Momijigari Trail across the Gardens and take in the spectacular seasonal displays of fiery foliage.
Temperate House displays
Our magnificent Victorian glasshouse will be home to a large-scale artistic installation, One Thousand Springs, by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota.
The artwork will be an intricate construction of 5,000 haikus suspended in a web of red threads in the centre of the Temperate House.
Admire the beautiful Chalk Garden created by award-winning UK-based landscape designers Otis Landscape Associates and kodai and associates, Japanese architects based in Switzerland.
The elegant garden mixes chalky English limestone and Japanese planting with frondy bamboos, vivid green mosses and striking Japanese maples. It's the perfect place to pause and contemplate.
Six varieties of Japan’s national flower, the chrysanthemum, will also be on display with yellow, orange and white blooms. Kiku Matsuri (chrysanthemum festivals) feature across the country in autumn.
Otis Landscape Associates and kodai and associates are grateful to The Pot Company for kindly supporting the Chalk Garden with one of their beautiful water features
Soundscape in the Temperate House
Listen to the mesmerising soundscape by Yosi Horikawa, a self-taught Japanese sound designer, in the Temperate House.
He creates his unique pieces by capturing natural sound in Japan, from rocks thrown into pools to wind rustling through trees.
Times: 11am and 12pm, performances last 40 minutes
On weekend mornings in the Temperate House, busker ICHI, from Nagoya in Japan, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his quirky handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, typewriter, toys and everyday objects.
Times: 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm*, performances last 30 minutes
In the afternoon, KASHUŪ, the London-based Japanese calligrapher will perform giant calligraphy (shodō) art. The age-old tradition is a discipline of beauty and a search towards pure form and a peace within.
*There will not be a performance at 3.30pm on 31 October 2021
Supported by Daikin UK
Fun family activities
Family learning card
Collect an autumn colour family learning card at the gates or print one at home and explore our amazing autumnal display of colour in the Gardens.
Learn fascinating facts about our Minka House and Kew’s links with Japan from our volunteer Family Explainers
Location: Minka House and Japanese Landscape, Kew Gardens
Dates: Weekends and some weekdays, Saturday 2 to Sunday 31 October 2021
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm