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Hakone Gardens

21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
+1 408-741-4994
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Very nice place, well maintained.

Very nice place, although I had expected it to be a little bit bigger, but I blame that upon... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2016
Very uninteresting

The koi fish are the ONLY interesting thing about this place. We walked the entire facility and was... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2016
Alexandria S
Salt Lake City, Utah
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21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
+1 408-741-4994
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Reviewed October 12, 2016

Very nice place, although I had expected it to be a little bit bigger, but I blame that upon myself. Nice place to wonder around on a sunny day.

Thank RobSlotemaker
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

The koi fish are the ONLY interesting thing about this place. We walked the entire facility and was not impressed at all. BEWARE they charge you $2 for literally 1 small handful of fish food. I can contemplate my life a lot of better places...More

Thank Alexandria S
Reviewed October 1, 2016

This Japanese garden is nice but very small. Not much to see, not worth going out of your way for, which we did. Maybe worthwhile if you're already staying in Saratoga. I felt overcharged for the $10/person admittance.

Thank Terri R
Reviewed September 29, 2016

This large Japanese Garden is tucked away in Saratoga on Hwy 9 done by a prominent landscape artist from Japan, It is large enough to hold events there.

Thank Norma W
Reviewed September 25, 2016

We went on a weekday, it is like stepping back in time or going to another country. This garden is over 100 years old and very well maintained. It makes you want to sit on the benches along the trails and listen to the silence....More

Thank catc0x
Reviewed September 10, 2016

This is such a beautiful garden with a lot of history! It is a one of a kind place. Definitely worth your time to visit. I highly recommend this place for everyone!

Thank beckysouix
Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

What a nice little Japan Garden. Such a great place to see and spend a great time with friends and family. It has also a Picnic Area and Restaurant on the side. Recommend to see this hidden gem to everybody!

Thank Olga K
Reviewed September 3, 2016

This lovely, peaceful expanse provides a break from the hustle and bustle of the world. With its 18 acres of gardens, waterfalls, and ponds, it provides a wonderfully tranquil way to spend a few hours.

Thank SisBoston
Reviewed August 21, 2016

Did not know this place existed till I noticed it by chance while driving by. Have just been to the real Hakone near Tokyo (beautiful place BTW and worth the visit) the name of these gardens got my attention. So did a bit of research...More

1  Thank agustin_farias
Reviewed August 6, 2016

Gardens look like they have seen better days. Maybe mid summer is not the best time to visit. Highlight was feeding the koi and turtles.

1  Thank rum r
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February 8, 2017|
Response from Hakone_USA | Property representative |
Hello ExplorerSB, It is difficult to determine when the Cherry Trees will blossoms, because it depends on the weather. But in general, they should blossom anywhere from mid-March through the end of March. We have 40 Cherry... More
June 27, 2015|
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Response from tango2 | Reviewed this property |
I would say 2 to 3 hours.