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Hakone Gardens

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Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
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+1 408-741-4994
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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Amazing Wedding Backdrop

My sister recently married her soulmate here and it was an amazing ceremony and reception. The location had a lot to do with that... We had the beautiful Japanese garden, bridges... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Jennifer G
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La Mirada, California, United States
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La Mirada, California, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My sister recently married her soulmate here and it was an amazing ceremony and reception. The location had a lot to do with that... We had the beautiful Japanese garden, bridges, and waterfalls as a visually perfect love-inspired backdrop, not to mention the photo opportunities. The staff did a great job in choreographing the ceremony and setting up the reception... More 

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Saratoga, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A very beautiful and peaceful hike around the park. It can take from 30 minutes to an hour depending on your desire and the route you take. Worth a visit. Need to pay for parking and tickets,

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

It is an okay stop to make. I wouldn't plan on being there for very long. We saw the entire place while stopping a few times to take pictures and were still out of there in about 20 minutes - after paying the $20 for the two of us to get in.

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Aiea, Hawaii
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588 reviews
212 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The occasion for our visit was a memorial service for an uncle. I found the gardens to be a very appropriate venue for this service. It would an equally appropriate setting for a wedding. It's a very beautifully landscaped hillside location that is strikingly peaceful and serene compared to the hustle and bustle just a short drive away. It's similar... More 

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Saratoga, California
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Great place to unwind and walk through the bamboo gardens. Lots of time to watch the Koi in the pond.

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Thank monica r
San Jose
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It's a beautiful Japanese garden, not a showcase, quiet and well-maintained, nice and relaxing to walk around.

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Elk Grove,CA
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Beautiful Japanese Gardens full of maples, wisteria, bamboo, and a nice Koi pond. Some call it small and some call it big I guess it's a matter of expectations of what an actual Japanese garden would look like. If you follow all of the trails there is some walking and hill climbing but it is worth it. The buildings are... More 

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Thank ferdmcberf
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 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.

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Thank RobSlotemaker
San Francisco, California
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117 reviews
78 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 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 and save the $10 each entrance fee.

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Thank Alexandria S
West Chester, PA
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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.

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Thank Terri R

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