Hakone offers a wide variety of art and cultural classes. Parking and entrance to the Gardens is provided free for all students. Classes meet in the buildings, the crafts workshop area, or in the gardens. See class schedule for details. Contact the instructor to register for the class.



Rinzai Zen Study with Reverend Enyu Ito

Under the guidance of Rev. Ito, learn traditional Rinzai-Zen meditation. This inspirational teacher is a resident Buddhist priest from the Myofukuji Temple, Kyoto. He has been teaching at Hakone for 14 years.
Time: Sundays, 8 – 9:30 AM
Place: The upper Moon Viewing House overlooking the gardens
Registration: Call Ann Kugyo Rice, Assistant to Priest (408) 837-2020 or email kugyo@hak     Website:


Seido Karate with Kyoshi Robert Henderson

Evening classes for adults


Seido Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art. Founded by Grandmaster Tadashi Nakamura, Seido Karate embodies the principal of purposeful practice by combining the physical practice of the martial arts with the traditional respect for mental focus and spiritual training. Ongoing classes are open to students of all levels.
Dates: On-going Tuesday & Thursday sessions.
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: Lower House
Fee: $35 per month
Registration/ information: Contact Robert at,,
or by phone at 831-325-5007


Tai Chi with Linda Scheer


This low-impact, meditative, and graceful form of exercise promotes strength, balance,
relaxation, and health of the body and mind. It is a whole-body movement, benefiting all ages.
Class covers Chi Kung warm-ups, basic principles of Tai Chi movement, the Tai Chi
form, and Tai Chi philosophy. Linda has practiced Tai Chi since 1988; has been
teaching since 1995. She has extensive background in yoga, meditation and education;
has a current teaching credential, and a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Date: On-going Thursday sessions
Place: Meet in the Lower House
Beginner 8 Week Series: May start at any time

3:15 – 4:15 Beginning

3:45 – 4:45 Intermediate

4:15 – 5:15 Advanced

Fee: (Includes Parking & Garden Entrance)

Beginner: $96/8 week series; $17 drop-in

Intermediate Students: $100/8 week series; $18 drop-in

Advanced Students: $104/8 week series; $20 drop-in
Registration/Information: Call Linda @ 408 295-9439 or e-mail

Watercolor with Kay Duffy


Explore and practice watercolor techniques, materials, and artful handling of various
subjects with this excellent teacher. Each session includes a brief lecture,
demonstration and critique. Emphasis is on individual assistance, improving your
painting and design skills and having fun! Students chose class subjects and may
bring other work for critique.
Date: Every 2nd and 4th Monday morning
Time: 9:30 am to Noon
Place: Meet in the crafts area at Hakone Gardens. Follow Kay’s signs.
Fee: $20/class only when you attend
Registration: Register in class. E-mail Kay for the schedule of topics.
Information: Call Kay 408 867-0508 or
Visit Kay’s virtual gallery at 


Series of “Urasenke” Tea Classes with Minako Tsuji


In the magic of Hakone Gardens, learn the Japanese method of serving & drinking tea and the spirit of “Wa-Kei-Sei-Jaku”, a traditional ritual. Classes are held in the Lower House tearoom.
Starting Dates:
Friday from 9:30 a. m. to 1:00 p. m.
Saturday from 9:30 a. m. to 1:00 p. m.
Students may attend either day and enter anytime.
Location: Lower House.
Fee: Contact Instructor.
Registration & information: Call Mrs.Tsuji at 408-226-0674 or email: Please put “Tea Ceremony” in the subject line.

"Omote Senke" Tea Ceremony Classes with Kikuyo Matsui


(tea name: Sohki Matsui, Kyoju/professor)
Put aside a peaceful moment and learn Japanese tea ceremony, the Japanese way of tea, which has influenced all aspects of Japanese culture for over 400 years. You will learn from a tea master whose love of tea started at the age of 12 in Osaka, Japan.
On-going Tea Ceremony classes - any level with "Sohki" Matsui

Students of any level are welcome for this on-going class. Instruction is individualized according to the progress of each student.
Dates/time: Wednesday evenings (consult the instructor for other times).
Place: Cultural Exchange Center tea room
Fee: Consult with the instructor
Reservations & Information:
Call Mrs. Matsui at 650 903-3410 or email 

Introduction to Tea Ceremony- one time class with Sohki Matsui 

This two-hour class gives you a comprehensive introduction to tea ceremony through lecture and participation for group of 5 or more. Other arrangement may be possible for less than 5 people.
Date/time: By prior arrangement with the instructor.
Place: Cultural Exchange Center tea room
Reservations (required) & Information: Call Mrs. Matsui at 650-903-3410 or e-mail Website:

Mikkyo Zen Meditation at Hakone

Beginners friendly Zen practice with Ven.Koraku Daikokuji.

Date/time: Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 AM (Cancellation occurs due to Hakone Events)

Place: The Upper Moon Viewing House overlooking the gardens

Registration & information: website:, email