Hakone Gardens

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21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA, USA
www.hakone.com - (408) 741-4994

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Hummingbird Hummingb…
72 reviews
Serene beautiful gardens Jul 18, 2007
This is a very nice Japanese Gardens just south of San Francisco. Several TravBuddy members have written about it and so we feel it a near must see. We love Japanese Gardens. The only problem we have today is rain. Did it make a difference to us, not one bit. But then it’s not pouring but just lightly raining as we pull into the parking lot. We go into the gift shop for our tickets and they even offer an extra umbrella. We are the only customers at this point today but the place is immaculate and beautiful. We make our way through all four sections, The Hill and Pond Garden, The Tea Garden, The Zen Garden, and the Kizuna-en (Bamboo) Garden. If you enjoy serene beauty, this is surely one not to miss. The entry fee is so low that you will think they forgot to raise process for the last 50 years. And no charge for parking.
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oochmpgnoo oochmpgn…
3 reviews
Jun 08, 2006
As far as I know, there is no charge besides parking, which is like $4,

cheaper for students/seniors. If you don't even want to pay that much,

you can always just park at the bottom of the hill and walk up. Hakone

is I think the largest, oldest Japanese garden in the western

hemisphere. This place is absolutely gorgeous, with a koi pond, a

bamboo garden, and plenty of historic buildings. Classes teach students

how to do ikebana or hold tea ceremonies in these "houses." Weddings

and festivals are often held in the gardens, the perfect backdrop for

any event. A part of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha

was filmed here as well. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, where you

can buy anything from a kimono to origami paper to instructional books

on drawing anime characters. Lastly, the staff there is super-nice (I

would know; I used to volunteer there).
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