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You will miss something special if you just drive by!

We were in Saratoga for a wedding and had some free time. Since these gardens were only 5 minutes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greenwich, CT
A nice and secluded place for your private event

Our family spent time in Japan a lot, and we felt like we missed it last weekend. Among other... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christopher P
San Jose, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thank Christopher P
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens that are Japanese inspired and built in 1918, however it’s not that large of an estate and there’s no house to explore. They do have a cultural center that was built after it was donated to the city and a tea room. There...More

Thank rkashmere
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
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have enjoyed walking in the Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. There is a big pond with a lot of giant gold fish. We normally hiked up the stairs to the highest point and looked down to admire the beautiful scenery. There is...More

Thank _vvc13685
Reviewed 30 May 2018

This was a nice find, a very large Japanese garden in a mountain forest. It is an extensive garden. I found it a little confusing to visit since it has several sections. I was also a little disappointed since other Japanese gardens have a section...More

Thank Ralph_MB
Reviewed 1 May 2018

On my first visit, where nothing was either in bloom or set up yet for the busy season, I thought the place was so cool that I bought a membership. Since then, I've come at least 5 times so I got nice value out of...More

2  Thank Aaron C
Reviewed 1 May 2018

This is a real gem of place to visit. With lots of trails around the gardens. You can loose yourself in calm tranquil atmosphere. Whether you are gazing into the koi pond or the glorious colours of the trees. There are quite a number of...More

Thank KathyH1967
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

I was fortunate to have been invited to a small dinner hosted at the gardens. It was my first time visiting. We had the whole place to ourselves after hours so it was nice to completely enjoy the beauty of the gardens with no more...More

Thank wireless_in_CA
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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.