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.
Japanese Tea Ceremony with Minako Tsuji from Urasenke School
In the magic of Hakone Gardens, learn the Japanese method of serving and drinking tea and the spirit of “Wa-Kei-Sei-Jaku”, a traditional ritual. Classes are held in the Lower House tearoom.
Time: Fridays and Saturdays 9:00am - 12:00pm
Place: Lower House
Fee: Contact Instructor
Zazen Meditation (zazenkai)
Zazenkai (coming together for meditation) is an offering to individuals who want to sit together and learn to practice quieting the mind and observing silence in the peaceful atmosphere of the gardens. Started by Rev. Enyu Ito, a Rinzai Buddhist priest, we follow Rinzai meditation. Also, we offer simple instruction and most importantly a time to become still.
There is no fee; however, dana (donation) is gratefully accepted to cover expenses incurred with our use of the space.
Time: Sundays, 9:00am - 10:15am (unless closed for schedule conflicts)
Place: The Upper Moon Viewing House overlooking the gardens
Registration: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.Hakone-zendo.org for additional information.
Seido Karate with Kyoshi Robert Henderson
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.
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: Lower House
Fee: $35 per month
Registration/ information: Contact Robert at Robert@norcalseido.com, www.norcalseido.com,
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
Fee: (Includes Parking & Garden Entrance)
Beginner: $96/8 week series; $17 drop-in
Intermediate Students: $100/8 week series; $18 drop-in
Qigong with Trish Fay
Using simple movements, controlled breathing, and guided meditations, Qigong cultivates peace, strength, balance, and healing by strengthening our mind-body-spirit connection. It’s an easy yet powerful practice that’s great for all ages and fitness levels. An avid Qigong practitioner for several years, Trish is a certified Qigong instructor and founder of Sunflower Qigong.
Time: Thursdays at 4:00 - 4:50
Place: Lower House
Fee: 5 week series: $85; drop in $21 (includes admission to the gardens)
Creating Landscape Linocut Prints using Japanese Aesthetics
Learn the traditional process to create Japanese prints with creative coach and artist, Charles Coates. From drawing the landscape of Hakone's gardens to transforming your drawings into fine-art prints to frame and share. Each monthly workshop explores a seasonal theme for drawing inspiration and provides Japanese specialty tools, inks, and paper.
Perfect for beginners and artists alike looking for a fun and relaxing way to create Japanese style prints for their home or as gifts to friends and family.
Date/time: First Wednesday of every month from 12:30 to 3:30. The first workshop is on November 13.
Place: The Lower House overlooking Zen Garden
Beginners and advanced artists are welcome
Ongoing Series: Every monthly workshop has a custom theme
Fee: $100 (includes parking, garden entrance, workshop materials, display stand for artwork )