Hakone Estate and Gardens

Hakone Estate and Gardens

Hakone Estate and Gardens

Address 21000 Big Basin Way
P.O. Box 2324
Saratoga, CA 95070
Link www.hakone.com
Phone (408) 741-4954
Email Hakone@Hakone.com

One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s premier sites and 100 years old, Hakone is one of the oldest Japanese estate, retreat and gardens in the Western Hemisphere.  Hakone has also been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2013. 18 acres of magnificent beauty is nestled in the verdant hills of Saratoga overlooking Silicon Valley.

The tranquility and elegance of the gardens at Hakone beautifully express the Japanese ideal of the garden as a space in which art and nature merge seamlessly. The cultivation of nature in miniature dates back to the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in 538 AD. Thus began the tradition of transforming a garden into a blissful dwelling place to experience timeless beauty.

Hakone is made up of a variety of hillside gardens, historic buildings, multi-tiered waterfalls and koi ponds, strolling gardens, unique lanterns, stonework, and many other elements of Japan's ancient civilization. The harmonious location of plants, stones, waterfalls, and ponds are the essence of a Japanese garden and offer sublime beauty in all seasons. Hakone has four principal gardens.