Samurai Residence of the Kaminoyama Domain

This is a Japanese garden in Himeji City. The gardens were opened in 1992 and make the best use of the ruins of the samurai residence at Himeji Castle Nishioyashiki-ato. The gardens are on grounds of approximately 3.3 hectare and command a view of the World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle—and the gardens contains a group of nine different types of garden such as “The garden of the Lord’s residence” which has a large pond that is home to 250 colourful carp and a waterfall. The gardens are also used as a location for historical dramas as the gardens have scenery reminiscent of the Edo period such as the Tsuiji wall (mud wall with a tiled roof) and the Yashiki-mon Gate. It is well known as a site famed for its autumn leaves, and also holds an illumination during the season.

Spot details

Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68 map map Map
9:00-17:00 (Last entry is 16:30) * There may be an extension depending on the event and the season.
12/29, 12/30
[Admission fee] Adults (Over 18) 310yen, Children (Small/Junior High School Students, High School Students) 150yen
[Common ticket (Kokoen/Himeji Castle)] Adults (Over 18) 1,050yen, Children (Small/Junior High) School Students, High School Students) 360yen
Parking Lot
Not available * Fee parking lot (Otemon parking lot)
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Not available
Available(Himeji Wi-Fi)
Vegetarian Menu
Not available (Restaurant activity Wednesday eaves in Kokoen)
English Menu
Available (Restaurant activity Wednesday eaves in Kokoen)
Halal certified
None (Restaurant activity Wednesday eaves in Kokoen)
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 12, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen Remarks:Admission fee (with restaurant in the park)
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes (Wednesday eaves in the restaurant)
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (Wednesday eaves in the restaurant in Kokoen)
Infant friendly
Yes (Wednesday eaves in the restaurant in Kokoen)
Pet friendly
Possible (Assistance dogs such as guide dogs are acceptable)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • A tranquil oasis, must visit.
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.13
    Incredibly calm and beautiful Gardens. From the well manicured plants and shrubs, to the lovely koi in the lake, it is great to get away from the hustle and bustle of Himeji castle and chill. There...
  • Travel back to Edo era Japan at KOKO-EN GARDEN.
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.07
    I’m expat American who has enjoyed living in Himeji and being an English guide at KOKO-EN GARden for over 12 years. I’ve enjoyed meeting and guiding Japanese and international visitors around...
  • A very relaxing and peaceful experience.
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.03.07
    What a lovely garden nearby the Himeji castle. Very easy to access and included in the castle ticket. Worse spending some time walking there after visiting the castle.Its a typical Japanese garden...

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