Koko-en

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Historic Gardens of the White Heron Castle

Koko-en is a popular sightseeing spot located just south-west of Himeji Castle. This vast area consists of 9 separate strolling style gardens of different sizes and landscaping themes that were in style during the Edo Period (1603 ~ 1868). Featured within the garden is a tea ceremony house, a beautiful pond with Nishiki koi fish, a roofed corridor, and a stunning flower garden. The gardens themselves also contain a broad spectrum of Japanese plants, creating the opportunity to construct so many different themes. Koko-en has also been used often as a filming location for various Japanese dramas, samurai-inspired movies, and international movies.

Historic Gardens of the White Heron Castle

Abundant Seasonal Scenery

The Garden of the Lord’s Residence contains a small waterfall and pond that reflect the surrounding trees, making for a stunning sight particularly during the Autumn, when the colors match those of the residing koi fish. Other areas feature a more natural atmosphere and allow for the flowers to highlight the scenery during each season.

With 9 separate gardens comes a variety of different plants that bloom at different times. The Spring season brings the brilliantly pink cherry blossoms that are also lit up at night for a spectacular night viewing opportunity. The Summer introduces beautiful flowers such as the butterfly bush and the Japanese snowball flower. With Autumn comes the vibrant fall colors Japan is known for accompanied with night viewing available at each garden alongside ensemble music played by Japanese instruments. Japanese chrysanthemum and daffodils fill the gardens during the Winter seasons.

Abundant Seasonal Scenery

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