Upcoming events

Public Tea Ceremony

Sunday, July 20

Seatings at 12 noon, 1 pm & 2 pm

$7 per person, in addition to garden admission fee

For larger groups or inquiries, contact John Larissou at larissou@gmail.com

Hakone Matsuri (Spring Festival)

Sunday, May 18

11 am - 4 pm

Free Parking at West Valley College, Parking Lots #4 and #5.  

Shuttle buses will be running non-stop all day.


  The festival will be brought to you by Hakone
volunteers and supporters to raise fund to
preserve the beautiful gardens for our
communities.  We would like to share Japanese
culture and build friendships with you at Hakone.

Featuring: Variety of performance and demo (see the Program), variety of food, games for kids, silent auction and more.
Access: Free shuttle bus from West Valley College, Parking Lots #4 and #5.
We have hired more buses this year to make sure your trip to Hakone will be smooth.


21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070  Mailing Address: P. O. Box 2324, Saratoga, CA 95070 Phone: 408.741.4994

In celebration of the lunar Year of the Horse, Hakone Foundation is presenting an art contest for the area’s high school students. We wish to encourage young artists to use their imagination and creativity to create works of art using the horse as a theme.Open to high school students of Saratoga High School, Prospect High School, Homestead High School and Monte Vista High School.

Criteria:Works of art depicting the horse or horses.Medium can be painting, sculpture or collage.Works must be transportable to be exhibited at Hakone Estate and Gardens.

First Prize: $300, plus a carved Chinese seal and a year’s membership to Hakone
Second Prize: $200, plus a Chinese Seal and a year’s membership to Hakone
Third Prize: $100, plus a Chinese Seal and a year’s membership to Hakone

Awards will be presented at Hakone’s Chinese Village Fair, Sunday, March 2, 2014

The winners’ works will be on display at Hakone for a month.The panel of Judges will include local artists Rick Waltonsmith and Paul Sakamoto alongwith Jan Rindfleisch, Director Emeritus of the Euphrat Art Gallery at De Anza College.
This contest requires a notification of art submission by Feb. 28.

Contest Committee Chair, Bev Harada at (408) 314-2864, or bev@serenogroup.com.
Include the application form (click here for form)

Year of the Horse Exhibition

Cultural Exchange Center

Opening February 8, 2014

Hakone proudly presents an exhibit celebrating the horse in Asian art. The horse has occupied a revered

and respected place in Chinese culture and was essential to the development of China's civilization.

The horse was also a central part of Japanese life. Featured in this exhibit are original works of art

depicting the horse, as well as reproductions and replicas of classical pieces, generously loaned by private collectors.


Event announcements can also be found on the  Hakone Facebook page.