Splashes of fall-color at Hakone Gardens

Wondering where you could see some fall colour in Northern California? Try a Japanese Garden near you. Here's what Hakone Gardens in Saratoga looks like in the fall.

Hakone Gardens, Saratoga - California

Visit a Japanese Garden once and you visited them all. But there’s no getting tired of them. The look of a Japanese Garden and the feel that takes over you once you are inside one of these gardens, is like nothing else. They are landscaped to fill you with calmness and the plants and trees they have in there are meant to be a treat to your eyes. Visit in the Spring and you’ll see their signature Cherry Blossoms. Walk in on a fall day and be delighted with the fall foliage of the garden. Our visit to Hakone Gardens in Saratoga was just to do that — to catch some fall color.

If it’s fall, look for a Japanese Garden near you to treat you to some colors-of-autumn. These gardens are carefully designed to feature all the seasons of the year, so there will be no disappointment there. We visited Hakone Gardens towards the end of October but it turned out it wasn’t peak season for the autumnal colors. But the garden had splashes of fall color all around and it was absolutely pleasing to the eye.

Hakone Gardens in the Fall

Fall color at Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga, CA

Hakone Gardens, Saratoga - California

Fall color at Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga, CA

Fall color at Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga, CA

Fall color at Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga, CA

Fall color at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA

Fall color at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA

Fall color at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA

Hakone Gardens in the fall

Hakone Gardens in the fall

Like other Japanese Gardens, Hakone Gardens too has a placid pool with Koi (fish) in them, an arched bridge, waterfall, stone lanterns, dry oceans and a tea house.

This one also has a small Bamboo Forest on one end of it and it’s a beautiful little corner. I would have liked to see more Bamboo there, though. There seemed to be some more room for those tall grasses.

Talking of ‘small, let me tell you that this Japanese Garden seemed to be much smaller than the others I’ve visited. This is when I tell you that Hakone Gardens was once private property. It belonged to a non-Japanese couple that had an affinity for Japanese landscaping. After changing hands a few times, the garden came to be owned by the City of Saratoga. And some years back the city felt Hakone Gardens should have a foundation of its own to maintain and preserve it. So now that’s how it now operates.

Since 2013 the estate — that is over a 100 year old — has been on the National Register of Historic Places.(If you would like to know more about the gardens, here’s the official site.)

Linking to —

Our World Tuesday

If you’d like to see more Japanese Gardens on the West Coast, do visit:

Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose

Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco

Portland Japanese Garden

Also:

Japanese Tea Garden (features and symbolism)

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21 Comments on this post.
  • Jim, Sydney, Australia
    6 November 2017 at 8:48 pm
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    • dNambiar
      7 November 2017 at 5:24 pm
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      It is, isn’t it?
      Thank you for coming this way, Jim. 🙂

  • klara
    7 November 2017 at 1:26 am
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    beautiful garden and beautiful images.

    • dNambiar
      7 November 2017 at 5:41 pm
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      Absolutely. And if it’s ‘spring’ or ‘fall’ there’s a lot of color in these Japanese gardens. 🙂
      Thank you, Klamath.:)

  • Liz Powley
    7 November 2017 at 1:53 am
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    Gorgeous. I love the colours and the textural design of the garden. Japanese gardens are kinda other worldly. I’m glaring at my garden and attempting to work out why mine doesn’t look like that, but then I remember they have gardeners 😀

    thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos.

    Best wishes,
    Liz
    Adelaide, Australia

    • dNambiar
      8 November 2017 at 1:02 am
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      Welcome here, Liz.

      Haha, yes – and gardeners ‘trained for the upkeep of Japanese gardens,’ too. 🙂 The signature landscaping in these gardens makes them a world of their own. So pretty. So calm.

      I’m sure you have a lovely garden, Liz.

      Thank YOU for visiting this blog. 🙂

  • Lady Fi
    7 November 2017 at 7:47 am
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    How very gorgeous!

    • dNambiar
      7 November 2017 at 5:44 pm
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      Fall is a gorgeous season, is it not, Lady Fi?
      Thank you for coming this way. 😊

  • joshi daniel
    7 November 2017 at 8:19 am
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    Nice mood 🙂

    • dNambiar
      7 November 2017 at 5:47 pm
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      🙂
      Hey Joshi.
      Photographer’s delight this place is, huh?

  • Ranjana Shankar
    7 November 2017 at 9:16 am
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    So beautiful and calm…

    • dNambiar
      7 November 2017 at 5:50 pm
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      Beautiful indeed.
      Japanese gardens are meant to make visitors feel very calm in its premises. 🙂 And I actually feel that way in these places.
      Thank you for visiting, dear Ranjana. 🙂

  • magiceye
    8 November 2017 at 2:37 am
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    All the photographs are wonderfully composed and shot!

    • dNambiar
      9 November 2017 at 9:35 am
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      Thank you so much, Magic eye. 🙂
      It’s always great to hear that from you. 🙂

  • Rahul Bhatia
    10 November 2017 at 9:29 pm
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    What a riot of colours, Divya!Lovely

    • dNambiar
      12 November 2017 at 7:32 am
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      Indeed. 🙂
      Thank you so much, Mr. Bhatia. 🙂

  • Sharada
    20 November 2017 at 8:29 pm
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    Gorgeous fall colours!

  • Yogi Saraswat
    21 November 2017 at 2:37 am
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    Amazing beauty !! Japanese gardens and temples (Otera ) are very fascinating !!

  • Sapna Dhyani Devrani
    21 November 2017 at 4:02 am
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    Peace and beauty..thanks for sharing such a treat to the eyes

  • Rajesh
    22 November 2017 at 8:43 pm
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    Very beautiful and colorful garden.

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil
    23 November 2017 at 9:11 am
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    Transported to Japan! It’s extremely beautiful in the pics itself…how wonderful it would be to be there in person! I love their arched bridges, koi fish, the bamboo trees, cherry blossoms, the colours, the texture…all of it! Loved the 4th and the last pics the most!

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