Hakone Estate and Gardens
Northern Hemisphere’s Oldest Asian Garden
Hakone Estate and Gardens, established in 1918, is the oldest Asian estate and garden in the Western Hemisphere, 18 acres of magnificent beauty nestled in the verdant hills of Saratoga, above Silicon Valley. Selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as an historic venue, Hakone expresses the Japanese ideal of the garden as a space in which art and nature merge seamlessly. Strolling the paths of Hakone and lingering in its beautiful gardens—there are four distinct garden types—instills a wonderful sense of serenity. The gardens are open year round and each season offers its own unique experience.
Hakone comprises hillside gardens, historic buildings, waterfalls and koi ponds, bridges, strolling gardens, lanterns, stonework, and many other elements of Japan’s ancient civilization. Giant bamboo, azaleas, and a hillside pergola draped with wisteria are some of the garden’s highlights. The gardens are designed for contemplation and quiet enjoyment and its buildings are available for events.
Tea ceremony classes are a popular offering at Hakone, as well as a variety of fine arts classes, such as watercolor and collage. Hakone also offers martial arts classes, including Tai Chi and Karate, and meditation classes.
21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga