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
Private Tour - Japan’s 1st World Heritage: Himeji Castle, Life as a Samurai BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $107
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Himeji Castle Half Day Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $68
Duration: 4 hours
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 »
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... 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.
Places to stay near Koko-en
Plan your trip to Himeji
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Himeji
Hidden gems in Himeji
Parks in Himeji
See all ›
Plans to Koko-en by other users
22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, romantic, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan, Seoul & Taiwan BY A USER FROM SWEDEN July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium