Volunteer for Hakone Estate and Gardens


Interested in volunteering at the beautiful Japanese gardens?  We currently have the following positions.  Please download the Volunteer Application form, and send it to us.  


Mail to:

Hakone Estate and Gardens

PO Box 2324

Saratoga, CA 95070


Fax the form to 408-741-4993

Scan the form and email it to: volunteers@hakone.com



Hakone needs volunteers who are interested in:

  • Helping answer the phones and direct calls during the busy times on weekends and holidays
  • Helping at the entrance by welcoming, answering questions, opening the gate for wheelchairs and strollers, making sure professional photographers sign up at the desk.
  • Helping the gardening staff (weeding etc)
  • Other activities



Who we are:

Hakone Gardens and Estate is a public Japanese tea garden in Saratoga, California, first conceived in 1915. This authentic Japanese garden, which incorporates Bay Area flora and fauna, includes historic Japanese structures such as tea huts, a bamboo forest, and koi pond, among other features. It represents a long tradition of Japanese-style garden artistry, creating an experience to inspire and educate individuals and the surrounding community. Today, the Hakone Foundation, including an active Board of Trustees and professional staff, operates the gardens, welcoming the public to engage with this unique cultural resource. We offer daily entry to the gardens & estate, which includes a small gift shop, an information center, spaces to enjoy tea and snacks, an art gallery, on-going classes, volunteer opportunities, and more. Additionally, we provide rentals for those hosting private events, ranging from corporate retreats to weddings and celebrations of life. The team values partnering with like-minded people and organizations to support this historic garden and its structures, while maintaining a cultural identity that builds a sense of meaning for all who visit.

HakoneVolunteerApplicationForm_12-27-2014.pdf