Cherry Blossoms in San Francisco: Hakone Gardens and the Japanese Tea Garden

The Zen Garden at Hakone (Photo: Jan Haenraets, 2013).
The Zen Garden at Hakone (Photo: Jan Haenraets, 2013).

There are more than 300 public Japanese gardens in North America and the West Coast of the United States is the home of many splendid Japanese or Japanese-inspired gardens. If you ever pass through San Francisco I can recommend two remarkable Japanese gardens for a visit. The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and the Hakone Garden in the City of Saratoga, about 50 miles south of San Francisco, East of San Jose.

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Text and photography by Jan Haenraets

Jan Haenraets is a Director of Atelier Anonymous Landscapes Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

One comment

  1. lyntochter says:

    Hi Jan – really interesting article. We were in Canada last year, well, I guess it was year before last nowm , time flies. Had a lovely visit to the Buchart Gardens which also has a lovely Japanese Garden.

    Best wishes Diana Stevens

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