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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Himeji
Kokoen Garden 
# 2   of 3 most visited
sights in Himeji

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Garden of the lord's residence in early spring

Kokoen (好古園, Kōkoen) is a recently constructed Japanese style garden, which was opened in 1992 on the former site of of the feudal lords' west residence (Nishi-Oyashiki). It consists of nine separate gardens designed in various garden styles of the Edo period.

Among the gardens are the garden of the lord's residence which features a pond with a waterfall, a tea garden where visitors can enjoy green tea in a tea ceremony house, a pine tree garden, a bamboo garden and a flower garden.

Flatly landscaped garden in autumn

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How to get there
Kokoen Garden is located just outside of Himeji Castle, a short walk west of the castle's main gate (Otemon Gate). From Himeji Station, it can be reached in a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride along the broad Otemae-dori Street, which leads straight from the station to the castle and garden.

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Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from September to mid April)
Admission closes 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed:December 29 and 30
Admission:300 yen

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