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Hakone Gardens

21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Saratoga
Type: Gardens
Activities: Walking
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Spokane, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Just happened upon this jewel. Hakone Estate and Gardens is a paradise for visitors. What a gift we gave ourselves. We walked, sat, pondered, enjoyed the exquisite beauty of the setting, the fragrances, the serene, the harmony of all, obvious care of the place, informative plaques and beautifully landscaped gardens. We left with a sense of awe, gratitude, refreshed, and... More

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124 reviews 124 reviews
60 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Having been here several times, I never get tired of the gardens in each of the seasons I have visited. If you like out of the way places and unusual places to visit, this might be your stop. It is a true Japanese garden with wonderful settings and plants. They hold special events here as well, but I have not... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

These Japanese gardens are worth visiting. The property is large and there are many many quiet paths to explore. The layout, "bones" of the garden are classical and beautiful. Most of the plantings are well groomed, but some areas are not as perfect as I am accustomed to seeing in Japanese gardens. I appreciate that they don't have a huge... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

peaceful, cool, beautiful. a taste of japan for those who can't get there, or those who want to remember it. would have liked the tea house but it was closed

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San Jose, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you love Japanese garden, this is the place you must visit. you won't be disappointed by its vast size and forest of bamboo. the waterfall and koi pond and the moon viewing house in the middle of hills was built without a single nail is just amazing. Love it so much

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Mountain View, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Supposedly the oldest Japanese style garden in the Western hemisphere. It had one area where the pond was and this area was well groomed and maintained. Otherwise the rest of it was just okay. Not too many flowers- maybe visit in Spring like April or May? It took us less than 15-20 min to walk through the gardens. Not really... More

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Atlanta, GA
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212 reviews 212 reviews
69 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is one of my favorite places. I visit whenever I am in the area. A lovely, peaceful place to wander and reflect as well as enjoy the beauty of the gardens. It is built on the side of a hill and the bamboo gardens are special. Love the quite spots to sit and relax. It is a beautiful Japanese... More

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I love Hakone gardens and grew up going there quite often as a kid. It's a small, Japanese garden that I've heard is very true to traditional Japanese Gardens. A great place to wander around, especially if you can go on a day where most people are at work.

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Saratoga, CA
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

What a local treasure. Obviously, come when different things are at their best, and always arrive early. Parking is a challenge, and parking at the bottom of the hill or on Big Basin can be dangerous.

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Emeryville, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

They've done a wonderful job of capturing the grounds of a samurai's villa. However, as with the Montalvo arts center there were wedding parties and photographers everywhere so......

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