Santa Cruz Mountains
Hakone Gardens 21000 Big Basin Way (Hwy. 9), (408) 741-4994. M-F 10-5, Sat-Sun 11-5; Nov-Feb to 4. $10, 65+ & 5-17 $8. Tea & cookies: Sat-Sun in summer; $5. Tea ceremony: 3rd Sun of month, Apr-Nov; $7.
|wisteria in bloom at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California|
|Hill and Pond Garden at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California|
a Tea Garden, a Zen Garden (where stones can represent either water or clouds, and sometimes gardens or mountains),
|Zen Garden at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California|
and a Bamboo Garden that boasts the largest collection of Japanese bamboo in a public park in the western world (bamboo from the garden is popular with decorators and available for sale in the gift shop).
|Bamboo Garden at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California|
Besides being soothing, a three-level waterfall symbolizes from the top down heaven-man-earth.
|three-level waterfall at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California|
Special features include a Japanese-style house built without nails or adhesives,
|Japanese house at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California|
a pond stocked with eye-catching koi (certain orange-spotted ones are valued at up to $40,000 each!),
and three authentic tea ceremony rooms. The natural greens in this garden bring calmness and are accented with seasonal bloom. A claim to Hollywood fame--the final third of "Memoirs of a Geisha: was filmed here. A picnic area with tables is available. Cultural classes are scheduled regularly, and an annual Japanese Cultural Festival is held each May.
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