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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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A Taste of Japan

If you appreciate gardens, then you'll certainly want to visit this beautifully manicured Japanese garden. Friends of ours held their 30th anniversary party at this venue and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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E Palo Alto
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was such a romantic, peaceful getaway for us! Hot outside, but beautiful, quiet and just a wonderful lazy day.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you appreciate gardens, then you'll certainly want to visit this beautifully manicured Japanese garden. Friends of ours held their 30th anniversary party at this venue and guests were able to walk around the garden and view the tea houses, pond with koi and red-eared slider turtles, and various kinds of bamboo to name a few. When you hold an... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Costs $8 to get in here and virtually nothing to see. The koi fish looked to be on their last leg. The gardens are not that polished and the buildings look tired. Don't go in the afternoon because they start bringing an army of caterers to set up tables and chairs for evening wedding events. Between 7 and 10pm they... More 

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

As Saratoga residents we visit Hakone regularly. In fact, our daughter was married there 15 years ago! It's a beautiful place to bring visitors or to come alone and sit quietly and just be.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a nice Japanese garden that was fully planned out and captures the essentials. Sadly, probably due to financial constraints, it has not received all the care that is necessary - many of the shrubs needed trimming and one of the buildings was not open. But it is still worth spending time there and listening to the waterfall and... More 

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Gadsden, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It had been years since I had visited the gardens, so we wanted to go back and walk around again. The grounds are still easy to get around on but the drought in CA is taking its toll on the gardens. You will still get some wonderful views of the valley and history of the gardens.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My boyfriend and enjoyed a relaxing and romantic walk about the gardens. We absolutely love koi fish, and the ones they had did not disappoint. The grounds were honestly not the greatest, perhaps due to us visiting during the fall. I would love to go back in the spring. We saw a wedding going on while we were there too.

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Chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

It was a very interesting place. Different kinds of Japanese plants and trees. The trees trimmed in a bonsai fashion. There was a prayer room which was closed. A bamboo garden wisteria and a miniature water fall with a bridge were very attractive.

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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