Hakone offers a wide variety of art and cultural classes. Parking and entrance to the Gardens is provided free for all students. Classes meet in the buildings, the crafts workshop area, or in the gardens. See class schedule for details. Contact the instructor to register for the class.


Japanese Tea Ceremony with Minako Tsuji from Urasenke School.

In the magic of Hakone Gardens, learn the Japanese method of serving and drinking tea and the spirit of “Wa-Kei-Sei-Jaku”, a traditional ritual. Classes are held in the Lower House tearoom.

Dates: ongoing Friday & Saturday

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Place: Lower House

Fee: Contact Instructor

Registration: Call Ms. Tsuji at 408-226-0674 or email  Please put "Tea Ceremony" in the title line.

Zen Study Class

Zazenkai  (coming together for meditation) is an offering to  individuals who want to  sit together and learn to practice  quieting the mind and observing silence in the peaceful atmosphere of the gardens.  Started by Rev. Enyu Ito, a Rinzai Buddhist priest,  we offer simple instruction and most importantly a time to become still.  In addition there may be a short talk or other exercise such as kinhin (walking zen).  There is no fee; however dana (donation) is gratefully accepted to cover expenses  incurred with our use of the space.
Time: Sundays, 8:00am - 9:15am (unless closed for schedule conflicts)
Place: The Upper Moon Viewing House overlooking the gardens
Registration: Call Ann Meido Rice, priest (408) 837-2020 or email Website: for additional information.


Seido Karate with Kyoshi Robert Henderson

Evening classes for adults


Seido Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art. Founded by Grandmaster Tadashi Nakamura, Seido Karate embodies the principal of purposeful practice by combining the physical practice of the martial arts with the traditional respect for mental focus and spiritual training. Ongoing classes are open to students of all levels.
Dates: On-going Tuesday & Thursday sessions.
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: Lower House
Fee: $35 per month
Registration/ information: Contact Robert at,,
or by phone at 831-325-5007


Tai Chi with Linda Scheer


This low-impact, meditative, and graceful form of exercise promotes strength, balance,
relaxation, and health of the body and mind. It is a whole-body movement, benefiting all ages.
Class covers Chi Kung warm-ups, basic principles of Tai Chi movement, the Tai Chi
form, and Tai Chi philosophy. Linda has practiced Tai Chi since 1988; has been
teaching since 1995. She has extensive background in yoga, meditation and education;
has a current teaching credential, and a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Date: On-going Thursday sessions
Place: Meet in the Lower House
Beginner 8 Week Series: May start at any time

3:15 – 4:15 Beginning

3:45 – 4:45 Intermediate

4:15 – 5:15 Advanced

Fee: (Includes Parking & Garden Entrance)

Beginner: $96/8 week series; $17 drop-in

Intermediate Students: $100/8 week series; $18 drop-in

Advanced Students: $104/8 week series; $20 drop-in
Registration/Information: Call Linda @ 408 295-9439 or e-mail

Watercolor with Kay Duffy


Explore and practice watercolor techniques, materials, and artful handling of various
subjects with this excellent teacher. Each session includes a brief lecture,
demonstration and critique. Emphasis is on individual assistance, improving your
painting and design skills and having fun! Students chose class subjects and may
bring other work for critique.
Date: Every 2nd and 4th Monday morning
Time: 9:30 am to Noon
Place: Meet in the crafts area at Hakone Gardens. Follow Kay’s signs.
Fee: $20/class only when you attend
Registration: Register in class. E-mail Kay for the schedule of topics.
Information: Call Kay 408 867-0508 or
Visit Kay’s virtual gallery at 

Mikkyo Zen Meditation at Hakone

Beginners friendly Zen practice with Ven.Koraku Daikokuji.

Date/time: Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 AM (Cancellation occurs due to Hakone Events)

Place: The Upper Moon Viewing House overlooking the gardens

Registration & information: website:, email