A Formal Japanese Garden Estate
located in the hills above Silicon Valley

The property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the National level of significance, and has been documented by the United States Department of the Interior as one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens in America. It is also documented and registered as California State Historic Landmark No. 903.

Because of the national historic status, special county zoning on this specific property allows usage as a museum, cultural center, hotel/resort, bed and breakfast, etc., although it has never been used as such with the exception of numerous fund raising events for charitable causes.

 

 This classical Japanese Garden Estate, with an associated modern residence and a Buddhist temple, is located in the Saratoga-Los Gatos foothills overlooking the valley, and was designed and built in the 1920's in the centuries-old tradition of formal Japanese landscape architecture. The gardens, ponds, and buildings were designed to be identical to an estate of the Samurai nobility of Japan in the period ca. 1,200 AD.  
   The Japanese architect, Takashima, was commissioned by a wealthy San Francisco financier to build the project with the help of eleven Japanese craftsmen brought to the United States specifically for this purpose. For authenticity, building materials and artifacts indigenous to the area near Kyoto were brought here for the project. Takashima and his artisans completed the cultural shrine in ten years at a cost reported to be well in excess of $250,000 (in 1920 dollars).
 In addition to the compliment of Japanese structures, the property also features a modern residence of approximately 4,500 square feet, which is situated on a hill overlooking the formal gardens, ponds, and structures. The entire complex is wooded and located in the area of Saratoga.  

 

 The property covers approximately 1.5 acres, and includes koi ponds, numerous waterfalls, an exact reconstruction of an authentic thirteenth-century residence, a Buddhist temple, numerous stone and bronze lanterns and Torii gates, and countless species of rare plants. Some of the trees and plants were gifts of the Emperor of Japan and of the city of Kyoto. Included with the property are numerous period antiques and extremely rare Japanese works of art.