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Current open positions

Executive Director

  • Provide leadership in the management of Hakone Foundation, one of the top Japanese gardens outside of Japan, a local treasure listed on the US registry of historic places.

  • Interface with the public by communicating Hakone Estate and Gardens’ history and Hakone Foundation’s cultural Mission.  

  • Oversee a vigorous fundraising campaign for the purpose of the maintenance, continuing enhancement and improvements of the Gardens.

Open the full job description.

All interested applicants should submit your letter of interest, and resume, to:

Shozo Kagoshima

Or mail to:

Shozo Kagoshima

Hakone Foundation

P.O. Box 2324

Saratoga, CA 95070

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.

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