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.
Current cultural classes:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Tea Ceremony" in the title line.
Rinzai Zen Study with Reverend Enyu Ito
Under the guidance of Rev. Ito, learn traditional Rinzai-Zen meditation. This inspirational teacher is a resident Buddhist priest from the Myofukuji Temple, Kyoto. He has been teaching at Hakone for 14 years.
Time: Sundays, 8 – 9:30 AM
Place: The upper Moon Viewing House overlooking the gardens
Registration: Call Ann Kugyo Rice, Assistant to Priest (408) 837-2020 or email kugyo@hak ne-zendo.org Website: Hakone-zendo.org
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 Robert@norcalseido.com, www.norcalseido.com,
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 email@example.com.
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 K@kayduffywatercolors.com
Visit Kay’s virtual gallery at www.kayduffywatercolors.com
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: www.eimei.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org.