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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.  

Hakone Estate and Gardens

PO Box 2324

Saratoga, CA 95070

Fax: 408-741-4993


Docent Guide

Many volunteers assist as docents all year round, providing tours of the gardens for school groups, garden clubs, corporate groups, and many other individual groups.  Our current  docents include Arnie Cornez, June Kanazawa, Margaret Tomita, Noriko Ashihara, and Joanne Yamani.  Hakone's success depends a lot on such dedicated volunteers who give many hours of dedication.

Other kinds of help we need
  • 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)

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