Koko-en

Koko-en, Himeji: Hours, Address, Koko-en Reviews: 4.5/5

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 difficult garsens,built on the archaeologically excavated site of samurai houses and roads. Using the gardening techniques in the Edo period(ca.1600-1860) as a good model, 'Koko-en' creates historical atmosphere with the magnificent view of Himeji Castle. We hope you will have agood stroll and feel history in 'Koko-en' with Himeji Castle.
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,026 contributions
This is not one garden but a collection of enclosed gardens, each with its own feeling, design and philosophy. A fantastic example of Japanese garden art.

I recommend a stop in the garden restaurant - the food is inexpensive yet high quality. The local delicacy is the conger eel, which you get in a set with miso, sweets etc. Very tasty. And if you snag a window seat you get to watch the beautiful garden while you eat.
Written January 31, 2020
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Barossa-Epicure
Bowden, Australia320 contributions
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 blooming and would love to see them when the Cherry Blossom season is in full swing.
Written February 15, 2020
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caistriona
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia121 contributions
Came here with a Himeji Castle combined ticket, on a different day as ours was valid until the next day. Worth a visit if you're visiting the castle, otherwise forget it.

Having been to Okayama Korakuen Garden prior, this garden is for the most part unspectacular because but both cannot be reasonably compared as they're in different leagues. Koko-en gives the impression that only the centre of the garden where the pond and waterfall feature are were planned to extreme detail, and very well-maintained (in fact they were cleaning the pond when we when) but the rest of the garden seems poorly maintained and show signs of neglect.

In the middle of the garden there is a restaurant called Kassui-ken that overlooks the centre of the garden where the pond is. The restaurant alone is worth visiting for the unbeatable view, tranquility and food; and seems to be frequented by the locals.
Written June 2, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,783 contributions
Make sure to get the combination ticket for both Koko-en and the castle, it is well worth the extra 50 yen and both attractions are highly worth visiting. I came to the gardens after the castle and really enjoyed the gardens. The layout was nicely done and the grounds were beautiful. I liked the different types of gardens throughout the park and of course the koi fish. The gardens are pretty relaxing, so take your time and enjoy.
Written October 26, 2020
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alittlebitofskye
Sydney, Australia551 contributions
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We visited the garden after exploring the castle. Our biggest mistake was only leaving us an hour before closing to explore this beautiful garden. It was absolutely stunning! We were there during autumn so the gardens were definitely putting their best foot forward. We didn’t get enough time to explore & see everything but staff & security told us the best ones (their favourites I’d say) to visit and showed us on the map so we wouldn’t miss out. Next time I’m in Himeji, this is the first place I’m going too.
Written February 5, 2020
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain664 contributions
You can buy a combined ticket along with Himeji Castle's. It's worth. The garden is very close to the castle and the work on the creeks and vegetation is impressive. In addition to walk around, there are places where you can sit and enjoy the surroundings. Very nice garden.
Written April 13, 2020
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Julian F
13 contributions
Rude staff who don’t try to understand customers. We lost our ticket during visiting the castle. We kept the receipt of the garden fee. But they told us to pay more than 600Y the ticket even with proof of purchase.
Written January 30, 2020
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Francis M
Isle of Skye, UK90 contributions
Solo
Even with 'The garden with a hill and pond' as well as 'The garden of bamboo' closed I still found so much to delight in. Not least the seedling beds including hostas which I also have in my garden in Scotland. I actually went round twice and might have done a third time if they had not been closing. Favourite part is 'The garden of the Lord's residence'.
Written January 9, 2020
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davegidd
Bonsall, CA1,448 contributions
Be sure to visit this garden when you are in Himeji to see the castle. It is located across the moat from the castle and is an easy walk. The garden is a fairly recent construction, but you wouldn't know that if they didn't point it out. It is divided into several different types of gardens with many different types of ponds and water features. There is a tea room and souvenir shop. Even though the area was extremely crowded due to cherry blossom season, the garden wasn't too crowded.

Be sure to purchase the combination ticket with the garden and the castle to save yourself a few bucks. I highly recommend a visit here if you are in Himeji. The area surrounding the castle and garden is full of souvenir shops and restaurants, so take time to wander around with the locals.
Written April 26, 2010
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miss-k-perth
Perth, Australia20 contributions
Solo
This garden deserves more publicity. I went here shortly after visiting Korakuen in Okayama, and thought Kokoen was far better.

Kokoen is a relatively recent garden that has been constructed in line with Edo gardening principles. It is made up of a set of 9 stroll gardens, which means you get 9 different garden types from one visit! Great value compared to visiting each style separately.

There is a discounted combination ticket available for the garden and Himeji Castle.
Written July 22, 2011
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