The formal gardens and a large area of woodland came into public ownership after Holland House was bombed during the Second World War. The park is now open to the public.
The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a medium-sized pond and waterfall garden London City Park and was opened in 1991 to celebrate the Japanese Festival, and refurbished in 2001 as part of Japan 2001. Both the original design and refurbishment were carried out by a team of garden specialists flown over from Kyoto. The Detroit Free Press described it as one of "three places in London you'll never forget" (along with the Cabinet War Rooms and Portobello Road).
Without a speck of dust's being raised,
the mountains tower up;
without a single drop's falling,
the streams plunge into the valley.