Hakone is a wonderful place to visit, for its beautiful gardens, architecture and as an oasis of calm. It's the oldest Japanese and Asian estate gardens in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1915, and a landmarks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an authentic replica of Japanese Samurai or Shogun’s estate garden, designed by one of descendent of the imperial gardening family members. You can read all about the history of the gardens and the different types of plants they have, but it can also be appreciated just as a pleasant place to take a stroll and enjoy the atmosphere. It is located along a hillside that has walkways through bamboo stands, and also to flatter areas where there is the water features, some Japanese style buildings and gates.
There is a small gift shop on the location too.