Koko-en is a garden built on the former site of the “Lord’s West Residence” of Himeji Castle. The remains of this residence, constructed in 1618, were excavated in 1985 and a garden was built on the grounds.
The view of this traditional Japanese garden with Himeji Castle in the background is impressive enough as it is, but a visit to the Japanese restaurant specializing in anago (saltwater eel) within the garden grounds is a special treat. Relax and take in the view while enjoying an anago bento (goes great with beer!) I would recommend a visit if you find yourself in Himeji.
(Entrance fee: 300 yen, anago bento: 1575 yen)
9 AM – 18 PM (last entry 17:30), April 27 – August 31
9 AM – 17 PM (last entry 16:30), September 1 – April 26
(Hours may change after March 31, 2012.)
Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji City, Hyogo 670-0012
E-mail: https://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/koukoen/toi.html (Japanese)
Website: http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/koukoen/english.html (English)
How To Get There
(JR or Sanyo Lines) Himeji Station: Walk 15 minutes north. The garden is located to the west of the castle grounds.