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Hakone Gardens

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Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone Number: 408-741-4994
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Walking

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Quiet refuge

Came here on a weekday afternoon. Nicely manicured gardens with koi pond. Bamboo grove was beautiful. The upper house was not open for visit. The cultural center hold exhibit on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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San Mateo, California
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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Its a nice place to take your kids and in general enjoy the peace and tranquility of the garden. My wife and I went there a couple of months ago with our kids and felt that it was two hours well spent exploring the space.

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Came here on a weekday afternoon. Nicely manicured gardens with koi pond. Bamboo grove was beautiful. The upper house was not open for visit. The cultural center hold exhibit on history of the house. Not exactly easy to find. Entrance and exit involves a very steep incline. Other than that, parking is free. Pay the entrance fee at the gift... More 

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Pretty Japanese garden; peaceful ambience unless someone else's noisy children decide otherwise. Must wear comfortable shoes; lots of hills to climb and explore. Entrance is a short uphill walk from the parking lot. Plenty of shade. Best part is the koi fish pond.

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Paramus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The gardens were peaceful, serene and beautifully planned. They seem to be lacking maintenance tho. Perhaps charging a slightly higher entrance fee would help.

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Saratoga, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Hakone Gardens is a few minutes drive from the village of Saratoga and well worth a visit. The garden is a beautiful quiet setting to relax at and enjoy. Set on the side of a hill, one can wander around and forget the hustle of everyday city life. The Koi pond if fun to observe with Koi gliding around and... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The gardens were exquisite. The atmosphere is serene – very quiet and peaceful. This place is definitely an awesome attraction. It was disappointing that the flowers had already bloomed and died, but next time we’ll plan for the time frame when they are blooming.

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We visited Hakone Gardens last weekend during their 100 years celebration Open House. It was quite crowded but there were sections of the park, like the Bamboo Garden which was sparsely populated and serene. Great place to leave everything behind and spend a moment in reflection.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Just experienced one of the nightmare for participate one of the worst event Matsuri in my life on May 17th. First, waited more than an hour around 11AM for the shuttle bus due to lack of parking spaces in the Gardens,then took the bus for half an hour due to heavy traffic and rad work just for 2 miles, then... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This review is for the 100 year celebration we attended. We stood in line for 1 hour and took a 15 minute bus ride to the venue. Admission was free (normally $8 adults). The event was very crowded. A thirty minute wait for drinks. Curry but no rice. Climbed up a huge hill for the tea ceremony and there was... More 

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Was there recently for a special memorial service. It was one of the most peaceful and serene spots I've been to in sometime. The Koi pond, the sound of the waterfall and small turtles swimming in the pond… were just beautiful. This would be a fantastic place to come for reflection and photography.

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Additional Information about Hakone Gardens

Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone Number: 408-741-4994
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Saratoga
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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