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Hakone Gardens

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Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755
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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 workshop for 20-30 people. Absolutely gorgeous and comfortable in spring.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alan T
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California
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California
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68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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.

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Thank Alan T
Clovis, California, United States
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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!

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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. More 

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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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Thank Elizabeth W
Saratoga, California
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Reviewed 8 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 garden, not huge, but simply beautiful. It's a quite place,not many visitors the day we... More 

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Thank swdesu
San Jose, California
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 than 1.5 hours and it was enough to walk around of the all place. After... More 

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Monterey, California
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39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

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

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La Mirada, California, United States
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank awakeone
Aiea, Hawaii
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620 reviews
216 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
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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