Thursday, December 4, 2008

Kokoen Garden

Kokoen Garden is located just outside of Himeji Castle, a short walk west of the castle's main gate (Otemon Gate). Kokoen is a recently constructed Japanese style garden, which was opened in 1992 on the former site of of the feudal lords' west residence (Nishi-Oyashiki). It consists of nine separate gardens designed in various garden styles of the Edo period.

9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from Sep to mid Apr)

Admission closes 30 minutes before closing time.
December 29 and 30
300 yen
Among the gardens are the garden of the lord's residence which features a pond with waterfall, a tea garden where visitors can enjoy green tea in a tea ceremony house, a pine tree garden, bamboo garden and flower garden.