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Koko-en Garden

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Japanese garden 'Koko-en' was constructed in1992 at the exact site of Nishi-Oyashiki(Lord's West Residence) with Himeji Castle, one of the world cultural heritages, as a background. The area of this garden is about 3.5 ha and it is composed of 9...more
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68 Honmachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture
+81 79-289-4120
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With a tip from another reviewer that the Himeji ticket including the gardens was only 1040 yen (as opposed to 1000 yen for the castle alone), we were all in. I love a good garden, and this was no exception. Much less crowded than the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked down from the Himeji Castle imbibed with its quiet majesty and eloquence to our next destination the Koko-en garden. From the outside it seems rather unremarkable yet the moment we walked through the gate we were greeted with flaming maples from both sides....More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank kib2017
Reviewed 6 January 2019

These gardens are just a short stroll away from Himeji Castle. When purchasing the castle tickets for a mimimal additional cost one can also visit these Japanese Gardens. Ensure that you visit both attrractions as both the castle and the gradens are excellent. These gardens...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank tommomelbourne
Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

Lovely garden with beautiful water features. There is an opportunity to do a tea ceremony within the gardens. Definitely a relaxing and beautiful walk.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PhilH1
Reviewed 26 December 2018

Kokoen Garden is located 500m walk from the Himeji Castle entrance. The combo ticket for castle + garden is worth it (1040 yen). Directions from the castle entrance to the garden are on the back of the ticket. The garden consists of about 12 mini-gardens,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 17 December 2018

My daughter and I paid the slightly higher price for a ticket that included both the castle and the garden and we thought it was well worth the extra money. One can do a lot of walking to explore the castle and you might be...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

The different landscapes within this lovely garden are clearly separated, making it a great overall introduction to the many styles perfected over the centuries. Especially beautiful too during autumn when splashes of red are everywhere. It's a feast for the eyes.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

I wasn't expecting too much here in autumn, especially with some less positive write ups about it being a relatively new built. I was amazed by it's beauty with the autumn foliage in this well planned and constructed garden. That pond, hosting many colorful and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HotEarth
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Going to the gardens in winter may seem like a silly decision, but year-end is our only time to travel, so we still decided to visit it. A lot of the plants were bare, and there was not a lot of flowers to see, as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lamyankay
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Can add it into your castle ticket! Seriously worth walking the extra 250m when you leave the castle to go and have a look! Superb gardens and very pleasing to the eye, so many different scenes of gardens too see, not just one. You can...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Bea F
18 November 2017|
Response from Mon55 | Reviewed this property |
It is open only during daylight hours according to its website. That was certainly the case when we visited it.