Hakone Gardens is an 18-acre (7.3 ha) traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California, United States. A recipient of the Save America's Treasures Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is recognized as one of the oldest Japanese-style residential gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Notable features include a bamboo garden, a Zen garden, a strolling garden (the Hill and Pond Garden), tea houses, and the Cultural Exchange Center, which is an authentic reproduction of a 19th-century Kyoto tea merchant's house and shop.Plan to visit Hakone Gardens and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Saratoga attractions using our Saratoga trip itinerary planner.
Hakone Gardens reviews
Visited Hakone gardens in late December 2022. Most of the gardens are closed off. They did not tell you that the majority of the area is blocked off. It’s a skip at this time because not worth paying.... more
Visited Hakone gardens in late December 2022. Most of the gardens are closed off. They did not tell you that the majority of the area is blocked off. It’s a skip at this time because not worth paying.... more »
This was a surprising find on a weekend in Saratoga. Very close to the village--would be walkable except for a very steep driveway (that didn't seem to have a pedestrian path) to the entrance. Free...
This was a surprising find on a weekend in Saratoga. Very close to the village--would be walkable except for a very steep driveway (that didn't seem to have a pedestrian path) to the entrance. Free... more »
One the most incredible Japanese Gardens I’ve ever been too. 18 acres of land and flourishing with life and peace. I sat and sketched for 2 hours and took in all the beauty. The gift shop even had the most beautiful crystal bracelets that I hadn’t seen before anywhere. I used to make my own jewelry out of crystals and never saw any vendor make ones like these. Overall this place was a true definition of Zen.
A little bit small than I expected but it was so beautiful. Absolutely stunning. Every path is like different infamous locations. It feels exactly like Japan. They do have little picnic area right after entering. Recommend going early when it opens, parking is limited.
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