Tours / Tea Ceremony / Meditation / Origami & Storytelling

Hakone offers several cultural programs for groups of five or more people. Popular programs include the Docent Guided tour, Tea Ceremony, or the combined Tea Ceremony and Kimono Wearing Demonstration. The Origami and Storytelling class is offered for children from ages 5 - 13. Please note that these requests must be arranged ahead of time and are dependent upon the availability of our docents and Tea Master.

Please reserve at least two (2) weeks in advance. We also require a non-refundable deposit of $25 in order to proceed with your request.  

The fee for your Tea Ceremony includes admission to the Gardens.

Tea Ceremonies take about 45 minutes to one hour and may be scheduled during the following days and times:

  • Monday        11 am  - 2 pm
  • Tuesday       11 am -  2 pm
  • Wednesday   1 pm - 3 pm
  • Saturday       10 am - 2 pm

To request your date and time, please fill in the application below:

Name of Group

City, State, Zip

Phone Number

Person in Charge
Email address

Date/Time Requested
Applications must be submitted at least TWO WEEKS in advance.
Tea Ceremonies/Kimono Demonstrations take 45 minutes to an hour.
You may request a Tea Ceremony/Kimono Demonstration ONLY on the following days and times:

Monday            11 am - 2 pm
Tuesday          11 am - 2 pm
Wednesday       1 pm - 3 pm
Saturday          10 am - 2 pm

Please enter date as MM-DD-YY, (e.g. 08-28-11) and time as HH:MM (e.g. 10:30)

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  See student fees below.
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Non-refundable registration deposit of $25 must be received for any single or combined programs prior to the program date. It is counted as part of your fee.

Fees for students up to 17 years old  (with ID):

  • Docent tour - $10.00
  • Tea ceremony - $12.00
  • Tea ceremony and kimono demonstration - $15.00
  • Docent tour and tea ceremony - $20.00
  • Docent tour, tea ceremony and kimono demonstration - $22.00
  • Zen Meditation - $8 (high school student)
  • Rates subject to change without notice.
  • Group discount over 30 (for tour/tea ceremony/kimono wearing demo)
  • One chaperone free per every 10 students.
  • Includes parking and admission
  • Final count must be confirmed one week prior to the program date and the payment must be made according to the committed number.


Docent tour:

·         Takes 1 hour

·         Please wear comfortable shoes.

·         Requires at least 5 adults or 10 students

.         Children must be at least 7 years old

Tea ceremony:

·         Takes 45 min. – 1 hour

·         Please wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to sit on the Tatami floor

·         Requires at least 5 adults or 10 students

·         Can be done on a Tatami room floor or in a hall on chairs depending on availability and participants


Tea ceremony/kimono wearing demonstration:

·         Takes 1  – 1 1/2  hrs depending on the total count of participants

·         Please wear comfortable clothes

·         Requires at least 5 adults or 10 students

Zen Meditation:

·         Offered during April - May, Aug. -  mid. October, Mo/Tu/We. 10 AM – 3 PM only (not in June and July)

·         Takes 45 minutes for students; 1 hour for adults (includes orientation

·         Please wear comfortable clothes

·         Age limit: High school and up

·         Requires at least 5 adults or 10 students.  Max. 20 people


·         Offered during weekdays. 

·         For 5 – 10 years old children

·         Fee includes materials. 

·         Requires at least 10 children. 

·         Can be combined with a docent tour and chaperone pays for docent tour only (please note that docent tours require children to be a minimum of age 7)

For more information, please contact our Event Manager at .  Be sure to include your name and phone number.

Applicant hereby agrees to hold the Hakone Foundation, its Trustees, the City of Saratoga, its City Council, the individual members thereof, and all the officers, agents and employees free and harmless from any loss, damage, liability, cost or expense that may arise during or be caused in any way by such use or occupancy of recreational facility. I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I will be personally responsible on behalf of the applicant for any damage sustained to the buildings, furniture, equipment or grounds, accruing through occupancy or use of the facility by the applicant. Any lost equipment or damages shall be compensated. I hereby certify that I have read and understand the Park Use Policy and will abide by any special conditions herein and set forth. I certify that the intended use is in compliance with said rules and regulations, application instructions and any specific use regulations subject to advance payment of all fees.

Beautiful video of a Tea Ceremony at Hakone ( Urasenke Style)!