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Hakone Gardens

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Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone Number: +1 408-741-4994
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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A very beautiful and tranquil break from the congestion of the valley.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Shaka_Frank
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Aiea, Hawaii
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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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584 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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114 reviews
76 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
Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 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.

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Thank Norma W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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. Meditative. Tea plantation, buildings, rock garden, the waterfalls and the Koi are how I imagine... More 

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