Back in December, when we actually enjoyed a bit of rain, my family and I trekked over to Hakoke Gardens in Saratoga to introduce a visiting relative to the beauty of this park-like setting.    I’ve been meaning to share the images ever since but am motivated especially now because of upcoming events there

Hakone Matsuri Japanese Festival
Sunday May 17th. 11am – 4pm
There are more events to consider, which I will post below the slideshow.  Hakone is lovely year round, but even more stunning now in spring – so if you have never seen it, please go take in the sights!

Hakone Gardens slideshow – images from December 2014

  • Hakone Fall Pathway
    Lovely pathways lead visitors through the garden
  • Hakone Bamboo
    Bamboo types on display at Hakone garden
  • Hakone Garden
    Views across Hakone
  • Hakone Keep Out
    Some areas have sensitive habitat
  • Hakone Fish
    Inviting Koi poind
  • Hakone low water useage
    Interesting and unusual plants stir the imagination
  • Hakone plants
    Views beyond Hakone and into the rest of Saratoga
  • Hakone
    Lovely tea house with enchanting garden views

 

Other events at Hakone Gardens:

Hakone Public Tea Ceremony
Third Sunday of every month, from April to November
Seatings at 12 noon, 1 pm & 2 pm
Entrance fee + $7 per person – reservation required
http://www.hakone.com/events/upcoming-events.html

I know that at one point they were also offering Tai Chi classes there (and what a great setting that would be!), so it’s worthwhile to check their website for full details of events.

Want more?  Watch the YouTube video on the history of Hakone:

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