Become a Docent

Many volunteers assist as docents all year round, providing tours of the gardens for school groups, garden clubs, corporate groups, and many other individual groups.  Our current  docents include Don Morgan, John Tauchi, Michiko Kelly, June Kanazawa, and Deborah LeCover.  Hakone's success depends a lot on such dedicated volunteers who give many hours of dedication.

If you would like to be a docent guide for Hakone, please contact us at, or by calling 408-741-4994.

Others help in the Gardens, the Gift Shop, or the office. Many special projects also benefit from volunteer assistance. For example, in the Gardens, various wood and bamboo substructures such as the bridges, the wooden lamp posts around the pond, the well, the main gate, and the fences that lead up to the gardens have been restored with the help of volunteers like Bruce Heister and Jim Sugai.