Saratoga, California

Hakone Gardens

There are a number of different parts of the Hakone Gardens including two houses, a cultural exchange center and four major gardens. Constructed without nails, the Upper House sits on the Moon Viewing Hill which is a place where both the gardens and the moon can be seen. Inside the floors are covered with traditional tatami mats and there is both a Japanese scroll and flower arrangement. The Lower House, which was built in 1922 as a Western-style summer retreat, has since then been converted to a community facility with a large reception room and two tea ceremony rooms. [ info ]

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