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

Getting there and around

Kokoen Garden is next to 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 five minute ride by bus (100 yen one way) or taxi (about 750 yen one way) along the broad Otemae-dori Street, which leads straight from the station to the castle and garden.

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    • Shironoshita Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Shironoshita Guesthouse offers accommodation in Himeji. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom. Shironoshita Guesthouse features free WiFi throughout the property. A flat-screen TV is offered. You will find a shared lounge at the property. Himeji Castle is 900 metres from Shironoshita Guesthouse, while Mt. Shosha Ropeway is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 66 km from Shironoshita Guesthouse.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji
      Luxury
      Located in Himeji, 2 km from Himeji Castle, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a fitness centre. The property is set 2.9 km from Himeji City Aquarium, 7 km from Zenkyo-ji Temple and 7 km from Shikama-k?. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Shosha-zan Engyo-ji Temple is 9 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Himeji, while Taiyo Park is 11 km away. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from the hotel.
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    • OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Himeji within 1.9 km of Himeji Castle and 3.3 km of Himeji City Aquarium, OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae offers rooms with free WiFi. The property is around 6 km from Shikama-k?, 7 km from Zenkyo-ji Temple and 10 km from Shosha-zan Engyo-ji Temple. Attractions in the area include Mount Shosha Ropeway, 16 km away, or Seppiko Onsen, situated 28 km from the property. The rooms at the capsule hotel come with a TV and a safety deposit box. The units feature a shared bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. The reception at OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae can provide tips on the area. Taiyo Park is 11 km from the accommodation, while Himeji Central Park is 13 km away. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from OYO CAPSULE Himejiekimae.
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    • Hotel Monterey Himeji
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi, Hotel Monterey Himeji offers accommodation in Himeji. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms come with a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Himeji Castle is 1.2 km from Hotel Monterey Himeji, while Shikama-k? is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 67 km from the property.
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    • Richmond Hotel Himeji
      Mid-range
      Situated in Himeji, 2.7 km from Himeji Castle, Richmond Hotel Himeji features views of the city. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Attractions in the area include Zenkyo-ji Temple, 8 km away, or Shosha-zan Engyo-ji Temple, set 10 km from the property. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. The units have a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. Himeji City Aquarium is 2 km from Richmond Hotel Himeji, while Shikama-k? is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from the accommodation.
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    • Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring
      Mid-range
      Only a 3-minute walk from JR Himeji Station, Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring offers modern rooms with free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Guests can relax in the public hot-spring baths or request massages for an extra cost. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen satellite TV, air humidifier, fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathrooms come with a shower, toilet, hairdryer and free toiletries. There is a sauna at this hotel where guests can relax from their travels. A coin-launderette is available at the hotel. Copy services and luggage storage are available at the front desk. Taxi arrangements can also be made at the reception. A semi-buffet breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant. Local menu items are also available upon request. Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring is a 20-minute walk from the world heritage site of Himeji Castle. Both Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple and Himeji Central Park are a 30-minute drive away from Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring. Guests can also take JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line to Kobe Station in 40 minutes or Super Hakuto 13 Limited ExpressTottori for 60 minutes to reach Osaka Station.
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    • Himeji 588 Guest House
      Budget-friendly
      Located on a lively traditional shopping arcade, Himeji 588 Guest House features affordable Japanese-style accommodations. Free WiFi is available and guests can watch DVDs on the flat-screen TV in the shared lounge. JR Himeji Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. Guest House Himeji 588 is a 5-minute walk from Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden. Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple is a 15-minute drive away. Guests can choose to stay in dormitory-style rooms or private rooms. Private rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and Japanese futon bedding. Dormitory rooms are fitted with bunk beds. Bathrooms and toilets are shared for all rooms. Toiletries are offered for free and towels are available at an extra charge. Free coffee and tea are offered at 588 Himeji's shared lounge. A coin-launderette and luggage storage are available.
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    • Hotel Livemax Premium Himejieki-Minami
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Hotel Livemax Premium Himejieki-Minami is set in Himeji, 7 km from Zenkyo-ji Temple and 10 km from Shosha-zan Engyo-ji Temple. The property is around 2.4 km from Himeji Castle, 2.3 km from Himeji City Aquarium and 6 km from Shikama-k?. Local points of interest like Mount Shosha Ropeway and Seppiko Onsen are reachable within 16 km and 29 km, respectively. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Taiyo Park is 11 km from Hotel Livemax Premium Himejieki-Min, while Himeji Central Park is 12 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kobe Airport, 53 km from the accommodation.
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    • Comfort Hotel Himeji
      Mid-range
      An 8-minute walk from JR Himeji Train Station, Comfort Hotel Himeji features free WiFi and guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast. Massages can be requested for additional charge. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with an LCD TV, a small fridge and an attached bathroom with toiletries. The Himeji Comfort Hotel provides a launderette, while the reception is staffed around the clock. Parking is available at a charge. A daily buffet with warm and cold dishes is available free of charge at the lounge space, between 06:30 and 09:30. Guests can enjoy a variety of fresh breads and other Western and Japanese breakfast foods. Hotel Comfort Himeji is a 15-minute walk from both Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden.
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    • Himeji Castle Grandvrio Hotel
      Mid-range
      Re-opened in December 2014 after a thorough renovation, Castle Grandvrio Hotel is a 5-minute ride from JR Himeji Train Station on the free shuttle. It boasts public hot spring baths, hot tubs and relaxing massage services. Free WiFi is available in all areas. The simply furnished rooms at Himeji Castle Grandvrio Hotel offer a satellite TV and tea maker. All rooms are air-conditioned, and the en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and shower. Himeji Castle is 2.5 km from the hotel, and Koko-en Garden is 1 km away. Himeji Art Museum is about a 15-minute drive. Free on-site parking is provided. A coin launderette and free-use internet stations are available. A buffet breakfast is served daily. Harima offers Japanese cuisine in a traditional setting. A Japanese-style pub and cafe are also available.
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