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Hakone Gardens

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21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
+1 408-741-4994
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Truly one of the gems of the South Bay.

Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA is my favorite place to go to in the South Bay. I've been there... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2016
Ernesto P
,
San Jose, California
Classic Japanese Garden Rooted in an 11th Century Imperial Dynasty

Imagine yourself a lady in waiting to the Japanese Empress during the 11th century strolling... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2016
Marsha S
,
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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  • Average13%
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“japanese garden” (28 reviews)
“koi pond” (22 reviews)
“gift shop” (14 reviews)
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21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA is my favorite place to go to in the South Bay. I've been there over 50 times in the last 10 years, and I still am amaze of its tranquility and beauty. It's a well maintained Japanese garden with Koi...More

Thank Ernesto P
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Reviewed July 3, 2016

Imagine yourself a lady in waiting to the Japanese Empress during the 11th century strolling through a garden much like Hakone. You notice approvingly that the garden has been laid out according to the principals recently written by your friend in the first book on...More

Thank Marsha S
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

This is a beautifully designed garden that makes you forget you're in California. Not that I've ever been to Japan, but I definitely didn't feel like I was in California anymore. We were there just to visit the gardens, but they also have tea ceremonies...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2016

I've spent a good deal of time in the Huntington's Japanese garden (San Marino, CA), but I think I like Hakone better. Its designer used the topography really well, creating discrete areas you can explore via meandering trails. Secluded benches are everywhere; you have plenty...More

Thank forthwrite
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Reviewed June 17, 2016

The hakone gardens is one of the most beautiful and well manicured Japanese garden.. We went there on a saturday afternoon, to enjoy the greenery and some peaceful time..Its a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee along with a good book.. The garden...More

Thank bhavna k
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Reviewed May 25, 2016

The Hakone Gardens is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, 2016-17. We were here for a large weekend celebration of the event and it was wonderful. The gardens are on an 18 acre lot and were created by Isabel Stine after she was inspired by...More

Thank Traveling_Polymath
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Reviewed May 15, 2016

Nice garden and pond to see and take nice photos. Half the place is up the hill, like the (Shogetsuan) - Tea Ceremony. There are lots of benches to sit and relax and enjoy the garden. There is not to much for wheelchairs to go....More

Thank EdwinAlers
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Reviewed April 29, 2016

This is attraction is best for those who can climb on irregular paths and who do not need to depend upon handrails, who are up for a little adventure to see some lovely ponds, plantings and authentic Japanese houses. The wisteria was in bloom and...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Japanese gardening culture is hundreds of years old, and Hakone's splendid garden, koi pond and bamboo grove adhere to these traditions. Pleasant strolling encourages walking meditation, and a respite from busy silicon valley. There is a small events building, and outdoor space for weddings and...More

1  Thank Richard W
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

Hakone Gardens is a small Japanese garden hidden in the foothills of Santa Cruz mountain. I have taken visitors there since it is nearby. There is a small entrance fee, and a spacious parking lot which is hardly ever full. The gardens include a couple...More

1  Thank leesee19439
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ExplorerSB
February 8, 2017|
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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
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KarenRCB
June 27, 2015|
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I would say 2 to 3 hours.
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