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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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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.'

68 Honmachi Himeji-shi, Hyogo

Admission Fee
300 yen

Dec. 29-30

JR Himeji Station/ Bus/ 5 min./ Himeji Castle Otemon-mae Bus Stop/ On foot/5 min.
JR Himeji Station/On foot/15 min.