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好古園 Kokoen Garden

  • Historical sites
  • Around Himeji
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Around Himeji
68 Hommachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo 670-0012, Japan
  • Historical sites
Opening Hours
[Late April to August] 9:00-18:00 (last admission 17:30), [September-mid April] 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Year-End and New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/06/18

A very relaxing garden

  • Historical Building

Kokoen garden is a Japanese style garden. It is adjacent to the Himeji castle. It consists of nine different style gardens. Due to its authentic Japanese garden and historical atmosphere, popular Japanese movies such as “Abarenbo-Shogun” and “Ruroni Kenshin” were filmed in Kokoen. The gardens provide a very calm, relaxing atmosphere and it is a perfect place to clear your mind.

Each garden has a theme. The tea ceremony garden has where you can enjoy matcha green tea, for instance. The garden of the Lord’s residence has a big pond with as many as 200 colorful carps. You can catch a glimpse of Himeji Castle in the background of the garden behind summer trees. Overall, you will be surprised by each garden's delicacy, design and harmonious feeling.

Each garden has seasonal flowers and trees, so you can enjoy Kokoen any time around the year.

Admission fee is ¥300 (JPY) for adult, ¥150 (JPY) for child. If you are going to visit both the Himeji castle and Kokoen, common tickets are available for ¥1040 (JPY) for adults and, ¥360 (JPY) for children at a ticket booth.

Date of post:2015/06/18

Take a stroll in a peaceful Japanese garden

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If you would like to see a typical Japanese garden in a relaxed atmosphere, I recommend you ‘Koko-En Garden’, very close to the Himeji castle.

It was constructed in 1992 at the site of the lord's west residence, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Himeji municipality. Makoto Nakamura, the professor of Kyoto University, supervised the planning and designing of this garden. This beautiful garden is about 3.5 hectares and has nine different gardens and frequently used as a filming location for movies and historical dramas.

Visitors can enjoy seasonal changes in the gardens with flowers, trees, bamboo and the pond filled with beautiful carps. And you can have an experience of tea ceremony at Souju-an tea ceremony house. After strolling through the nine gardens, you will appreciate the beauty of Japanese Garden including beautiful trees and flowers of four seasons, the rapids and waterfalls, and covered walkways built of Japanese cypress. If you are lucky, you may meet some blue herons in the “Garden of Pine Trees”. Sometimes they are waiting a chance to catch a carp from the perch on top of the wooden gate.

The name of ‘Koko-En’ is derived from ‘Koko-do’, the 6th provincial school in Japan founded in 1692 by Sakai Family that was the last lord of Himeji.

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