This is the first formal French garden in Japan. It harnesses a majestic space, filled with seasonal flowers and surrounded by the vast nature of Hakone.
Opened in 1914, this was the first formal French garden in Japan. The total area was approximately 36,400 square meters when the park first opened. About 26,500 square meters remains and is used as the park grounds. There are many slopes and stairs throughout the park, and there is a difference of approximately 40 meters in elevation between the main gate and the west gate. You can feel the difference in temperature within the park, and during the wintertime, you can observe a rare phenomenon where snow falls only in some areas of the park. You can also enjoy such seasonal flowers as cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, hydrangeas in summer, maples in autumn, and poinsettias in winter. There are many other attractions, such as the Tropical Flora House, Tea Garden, and Hands-on Workshop Craft House where you can experience pottery making. Take the Hakone Tozan cable car to the Koen-Shimo Station and walk approximately one minute to the main gate, or to the Koen-Kami Station and walk one minute to the west gate.