Escape to a sanctuary of natural beauty at Koko-en, a collection of Japanese gardens scattered across the grounds of Himeji Castle. Constructed in 1992, these nine gardens reflect different styles of the Edo Period and welcome visitors looking for a peaceful space to unwind. Spread across 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres), the park contains elegant bridges, flower and bamboo gardens, pristine waterfalls, and a ceremonial teahouse where you can enjoy a cup of traditionally brewed matcha or green tea. The gardens are accessed via a short walk from the castle's main entrance. Make Koko-en a part of your Himeji vacation plans using our Himeji day trip planner.
Tours To Koko-en
Himeji Castle Half Day Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $70
Duration: 4 hours
Private Tour - Japan’s 1st World Heritage: Himeji Castle, Life as a Samurai BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $112
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
It would be a sin not to visit these gardens while you visit Himeji Castle. Multiple themes, ponds, sculptures and a broad spectrum of Japanese plants. We visited when the plums were almost finished..... more »
We visited in the bleak of winter, probably not the most scenic time. Lots of individual gardens to admire and very tranquil Not particularly large, and value for money it’s worth purchasing... more »
Visited during spring time, the wind was so very cooling and relaxing. Add that to the beauty of the garden. It was so relaxing that I wanted to take a nap right in the garden! The stair climbing in Himeji Jo nearby helped to build the mood for nap taking too.
Beautiful Japanese garden with tea house inside. It's just a few minutes from Himeji Castle and also you can buy combined ticket for both places. There are several parts with water, bamboo trees etc. If you ever imagined Japanese garden this one is definitely meets your imagination. In the middle there is a tea house so for 500 yens you can get traditional tea with sweet.
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