Thursday, December 30, 2010

Travel Thursdays - Hakone Gardens, Saratoga

Hakone Gardens in Saratoga is a tiny bit of paradise hidden in the hills of Silicon Valley. It is a place where photographers flock, where newly-weds come to get wedding pictures taken, families come for a leisurely stroll, kids love imagining adventures in the bamboo forest and of course, enjoy feeding the ever hungry koi fish. This is perfect to get away from the sounds of the city – taking the steep driveway road to the gardens transports you to a different world. Weekdays are less crowded than weekends when you will see wedding parties, photographers all vying for the perfect photograph. Entry to the gardens is $5 and discounted for seniors and students. Pay the entry fee and you get your golden ticket to your place of ‘zen’. The fishes are wonderful and you can buy packets for fish food for 50c at the shop. I am never sure who enjoy the feedings more - the kids or the fish..? This is definitely a place worth visiting and for us, it is also worth repeated visits to get away from it all. More info for the gardens can be found at the website:

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