Himeji Castle Nishi Oyashikiato Garden Kouko-en
Kouko-en Garden is a Japanese traditional round-the-pond style garden, borrowing the scenery of a world cultural heritage and national treasure, Himeji Castle. It was constructed and opened in 1992 to commemorate the centenary of Himeji city. The massive 3.5 hectare land contains a group of nine different types of garden including the Garden of Feudal Lords Residence, the Tea Garden, which contains a tea ceremony room of Sukiya style(Architectural style originally used for teahouses) called Soju-an, the Garden of Stream, which has splendid views of Himeji Castle, the Summer Tree Garden, and the Garden of Artificial Hill and Pond. They all beautifully harmonize the Tsuiji wall(Mud wall with a tiled roof), Yashiki-mon Gate, Nagaya-mon Gate, as well as houses called Kassuiken and Cho'onsai connected by a corridor, redolent of the Edo Period.'
Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo
Admission Fee: 300 yen
Closed: Dec. 29-30
[Bus]JR Himeji Station/ Bus/ 5 min./ Himeji Castle Otemon-mae Bus Stop/ On foot/5 min.[Walk]JR Himeji Station/On foot/15 min.