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Hakone Gardens

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Breath Taking

While in Saratoga this week to visit Montalvo Center for Arts we visited Hakone and had our spirits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Rafael, California
Tranquility and Beauty of a Japanese Themed Estate and Gardens

I met 4 friends at the entrance shortly after the gardens opened. We strolled through the more than... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Los Gatos, California
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 February 2014

The gardens are hidden from street view by thick foliage and the hill's steep incline. Rest assured, when you trek up the steep roadway toward the gardens, you will be asking yourself, "Is there actually something up here?" When you arrive at the parking lot,...More

4  Thank drewster63
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 June 2018

with $10 per adult this is to expensive. I would say $5 would be fair. few things are labeled 'under repair' but i did not see ongoing repair. the waterfall was not running and just stared when we were about to leave.

4  Thank Erhard S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While in Saratoga this week to visit Montalvo Center for Arts we visited Hakone and had our spirits lifted almost immeasurably. We spent two and a half hours exploring the gardens with it's Fall colors in abundance. There is a beautiful Koi pond with a...More

Thank gsax
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I met 4 friends at the entrance shortly after the gardens opened. We strolled through the more than 100 year old estate in the low hills above the beautiful village of Saratoga. A couple of us were not more than strollers, but three of us...More

Thank VWriter
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Just a little further then down town Saratoga. It is a nice place to commute with nature and away from all the congestion of the Bay Area. It does get a little busy on the weekends.

Thank shi0sam
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

We went to the garden thinking there would’ve been more to it. All the Japanese rooms were closed and it felt really empty. Not much blossomed, it was dry. Maybe we went at the wrong time of the season but we were disappointed. It was...More

Thank MimiWahinee
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Hakone gardens is one of those hidden gems here in the bay area. Nestled in a secluded setting it is close to home..just up Saratoga rd...yet seems miles away in another place and time. Its beautiful gardens and large koi pond are well maintained and...More

Thank Katskits88
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Well.... it was OK, I do not have to go back... The fish were cool.... But not understanding Japanese traditions .......I really did not grasp if this a great place or boring.

1  Thank J6707NQmikep
Reviewed 25 August 2018

I love love love this place. I have been here over 50 times and never get bored of it. Beautiful sculptured Japanese gardens with a great Koi pond. Trails to hike and rest and just take in nature. Bamboo forest and many sculptured bushes. Bring...More

Thank makeitso4u
Reviewed 9 August 2018

We were in Saratoga for a wedding and had some free time. Since these gardens were only 5 minutes away, it was a logical place to visit. The walk on nice paths around the pond and Japanese structure was wonderful. We had our 94 year...More

Thank RockridgeC
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Our family spent time in Japan a lot, and we felt like we missed it last weekend. Among other Japanese gardens in the Bay Area, Hakone garden is a nice place for a walk. It is not a big estate, but as we walked around...More

1  Thank Christopher P
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We went to Hakone Gardens for a couple of daytime visits and liked it so much we joined as members for a season. It's just a beautiful spot. We took friends there one time and enjoyed walking all around. Very authentic and tranquil. Beautiful pond...More

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9 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.