Kokoen (DÉ, 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.

How to get to and around Himeji

Hours and Fees


9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from September to mid April)
Admission closes 30 minutes before closing time.


December 29 and 30


310 yen (garden only)
1050 yen (garden and Himeji Castle)