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Exhibition at the Cultural Exchange Center
Traditional Japanese Carpentry: Tools and Techniques
January through June 2024


The Mon Gate, main entrance to Hakone Gardens, was built in 1930s by the Nishiura brothers, renowned carpenters and builders in traditional Japanese methods. The Mon was recently renovated by the Kezurou-kai members, a group of designers, builders, and craftsmen who maintain the Japanese traditional skills of carpentry and construction. This exhibition features images from the Nishiura brothers’ construction of the Mon and some of their original tools.

* If you are planning to visit Hakone specifically to see the current exhibit in the CEC, please call us to check if the exhibit will be open to the public on the day of your visit.

Chinese Lunar New Year Event
Lunar New Year Event

Early 2025


Please check back in early 2025.

Hanami at Hakone
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Hanami at Hakone - Night Viewing presented by NETGEAR

March 20, 2024 - April 12, 2024

We are delighted to share the beautiful cherry blossoms in the evening at Hakone Estate and Gardens. Please contact the Gift Shop for questions.


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Hanam at Hakone
Toro Nagashi
Toro Nagashi - Floating Lantern Ceremony

August 2024

Toro Nagashi refers to the Japanese river lantern festivals held in summer where participants release candle -lit lanterns into the river together with their prayers for peace.

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Public Tea Ceremony

Public Tea Ceremony

The first Sunday of every month from April to December

Seatings at 12 noon, 1 pm & 2 pm

Tickets are available online only. Purchase tickets here

Garden admission fee is not included in the price of the tickets.

For larger groups or inquiries, contact John Larissou at

(It may be canceled without notice. Please check with us at 408.741.4957 or

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