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Hakone Gardens

21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
+1 408-741-4994
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So beautiful in Spring

I came to the gardens for a workshop. What a superb location for one. Consider it if you have a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alan T
via mobile
Quick off season visit

Beautiful gardens and short hiking trails. Not the best for those with knee problems or... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Coreen A
Clovis, California, United States
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21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
+1 408-741-4994
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came to the gardens for a workshop. What a superb location for one. Consider it if you have a workshop for 20-30 people. Absolutely gorgeous and comfortable in spring.

Thank Alan T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens and short hiking trails. Not the best for those with knee problems or handicapped. Was beautiful in the fall, imagine the beauty in the spring after the rain!

Thank Coreen A
Hakone_USA, General Manager at Hakone Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting. Yes, the gardens were very beautiful this spring. The sakura, wisteria, and azaleas make for a very colorful garden.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

The garden is not big, but it's nice. There is a charge for parking at the garden, but if you park down the hill it's free; you just have to walk up hil.

Thank Elizabeth W
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We visited this beautiful Japanese garden last spring. The garden was not that far from where we live. We happened to visit it on the first Tuesday of the month and got in the Garden free of charge as Saratoga residents. It's a typical Japanese...More

Thank swdesu
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Visited the place at the beginning of February. It still looks great despite of the most trees were leafless and only couple of them bloomed. The landscape are really great, there are also couple of ponds and japanese style buildings. We spent there not more...More

Thank Maksim H
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous traditional wedding for a Chinese couple I worked with. Reception in the Tea House. SO UTTERLY CHARMING!

Thank lizclark100
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....More

1  Thank Jennifer G
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,

Thank ETTO2015
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...More

Thank awakeone
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...More

Thank Shaka_Frank
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are there lot of cherry blossoms trees here? What's the best time to visit to see flowers in full bloom?
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
How long should we allow to tour the place?
27 June 2015|
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Response from tango2 | Reviewed this property |
I would say 2 to 3 hours.