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Hakone Gardens

21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
+1 408-741-4994
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A Peaceful Escape from Election Day

My friend and I chose Hakone Gardens as our Election Day escape. It was a perfect choice, even... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Salinas, California
via mobile
Sweet Spot in the Hills

If you like Japanese Gardens and Architecture, this is such a gem. Small but you can spend an hour... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ken A
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“japanese garden” (27 reviews)
“koi pond” (22 reviews)
“gift shop” (14 reviews)
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21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
+1 408-741-4994
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I chose Hakone Gardens as our Election Day escape. It was a perfect choice, even though the garden was no longer in full bloom. Many plants had been trimmed back and dead-headed for the winter. Even in this condition, everything was peaceful...More

Thank Joan_Crenshaw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like Japanese Gardens and Architecture, this is such a gem. Small but you can spend an hour or so just ambling around. The gift shop is pleasant too. You're also very close to downtown Saratoga which has some fabulous wine tasting rooms. Cinnabar...More

Thank Ken A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hakone Gardens is a nice, quiet place to visit. There are numerous beautiful plantings and structures. One can stroll along a one's own pace. I is very peaceful there.

Thank TJFLG42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must-do! We very much enjoyed our visit here. We didn't stay and walk through together...we enjoyed strolling around on our own, at our own pace & finding our way back to each other. The ponds were lovely, the bridges picturesque and the...More

Thank 1khearty
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We spend a beautiful afternoon there among the green bamboos,several Japanese style wood structures, a Japanese garden with a Koi pond. The admission is $8. per person and it well worth it. I feel that this Japanese garden is a lot more beautiful than the...More

Thank Phuong M
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Unbelievable and splendid hilltop Japanese style garden with 18 acres of 100+ yrs old trees. An enchanting place to host events. I attended an evening wedding, it had a mesmerizing atmosphere.

Thank bajwa2u
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This quiet garden off highway 9 is a must for garden lovers and historical information. PLUS a gift shop of exquisite Japanese themed items! Open all year round.

Thank atwellsue8
Reviewed 16 August 2017

A hidden treasure in Silicon Valley. The most relaxing 1-2 hours you'll have in the area especially on weekdays, Weekends could be crowded especially in Spring. If you have small children from Spring to Fall buy a fish food bag (or 2) in the gift...More

Thank italian_in_NY
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Perhaps it was the wrong time of season to visit the garden. Water was very green and I expected to see more colorful koi.

Thank Desiree R
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Most of the places where I've visited a Japanese garden it has been within another park or garden and stood out for it's uniqueness. I went to Hakone Gardens on a hot day hoping there would be a beautiful shady place I could read and...More

Hakone_USA, General Manager at Hakone Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Shadowsprite, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your recent visit to Hakone Estate & Gardens. Hakone is different from the other parks that you mention in that Hakone was built to be a private estate back in 1917. And for the...More

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Questions & Answers
8 February 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
27 June 2015|
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Response from tango2 | Reviewed this property |
I would say 2 to 3 hours.