The Himeji Jo castle which is a national treasure and world cultural heritage. The Koko-en Garden is located in the south-west of the castle. It is the Japanese garden with cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green in summer, autumn leaves in autumn, snow scene in winter, beautiful scenery every season.
The municipal organization centennial was commemorated and opened in 1992. Utilizing the land such as the remains of the samurai residence confirmed in the excavation survey, you can enjoy different gardens with 9 different interests as you go through the gate and fence.
The greatest feature of this garden is the scenery which the history and nature have harmonized with Himeji Castle that is registered as a World Heritage Sites. The appearance that brings out the emotions of Edo is also used as a location place for period dramas and TV saga. There is also a restaurant “Kassui-ken” where you can dine while watching the garden.
The autumnal leaves of Koko-en Garden begin to color in November, and will be at their peak from the middle of November to late November. About 160 plants such as acer palmatum and mountain maple are planted in wide site. In the best time to see the color turns red and yellow and makes us feel autumn.
It takes about 60 minutes to complete the necessary time to go around. The site area is over 30000 square meters and it is very vast, so about 1 hour is necessary. Probably, it is good for the break at the time of getting tired, since you can drink powdered green tea in the tearoom “Soju-an.” The price is 500 yen with Matcha and confectionery.
In Koko-en Garden, “colored leaves festival” is held every year from mid-November to early December.
The concerts such as Japanese musical instruments are held during the festival. The trees in the park are lit up, and it becomes a fantastic atmosphere different from daytime. Please note that the light up will only be done on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
|Address:||Honmachi 68 Himeji, Hyogo 670-0012 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanyo-honsen Line “Himeji-eki Station” (18 minutes walk)|
|Price:||300 yen (Adult)
150 yen (High School Students or Under)