On the list as a premier sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation—and 100 years old—Hakone is one of the oldest Japanese estates, retreats, and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Hakone has also been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2013. Its 18 acres of magnificent beauty is nestled in the verdant hills of Saratoga overlooking Silicon Valley.
Hakone offers visitors an international cultural venue to celebrate civilizations from throughout the world. Guests can experience a palpable calming of life’s journey within this masterpiece of architectural and botanical beauty.
Whether you leisurely stroll the hill and koi pond garden, ascend the moon bridge, have tea overlooking the dry landscape garden, or enjoy quiet reflection in Hakone’s tea and bamboo gardens, yo'llu experience the elixir of art and nature in seamless unity.
Hakone also offers Docent-led tours and traditional tea ceremonies in the tatami mat rooms, which are a wonderful way to enhance your visit to the gardens.
Hakone Garden also offers many annual cultural festivals which showcase ancient civilizations from throughout Asia. Selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to receive its prestigious “Save America’s Treasures” designation, as well as added to the National Register of Historic Places, Hakone is a must-see location for visitors and local residents.
Because paths and walkways are covered with either fine gravel or rock, the Gardens have limited access for wheelchairs.