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Hakone Gardens, Saratoga

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Hakone Gardens is an 18-acre (7.3 ha) traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California, United States. A recipient of the Save America's Treasures Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is recognized as one of the oldest Japanese-style residential garden in the Western Hemisphere, and an enduring American treasure. Notable features include a bamboo garden, a Zen garden, a strolling garden (the Hill and Pond Garden), tea houses, and the Cultural Exchange Center, which is an authentic reproduction of a 19th-century Kyoto tea merchant's house and shop.
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  • Looking for an outdoor experience during CV-19. Entry was organized. Quantity of visitors was maintained. History of the location was presented in open air structures. Trail route was easy to follow.....  more »
  • Relaxing Japanese meditative garden. Invigorating stroll among whispering bamboos and koi carp ponds.  more »
  • This is truly a hidden gem. It's one of the larger Japanese gardens in the bay. I have gone to the friendship garden in SJ is nice but cramped and the one in SF is incredibly small. There is a place to find your corner of peace. There is a ton of shade and the building are beautiful. If you're interested in spending some time in a quiet place semi away from people give this place a try. There is free parking although it is a small lot. It's only $10 to get in and their gift shop is adorable.
  • Small and perfectly formed. A lovely place to spend a short time in the peace and tranquility of a Japanese garden. It's slightly off the beaten track so probably best if you have your own transport.

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