Kokoen (好古園, Kōkoen) is a relatively recently constructed Japanese style garden, which was opened in 1992 on the former site of 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.

Access

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 650 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 & 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 (garden only)
1040 yen (garden and Himeji Castle)
Page last updated: October 28, 2017