Autumn Leaves at Koko-en Garden in Himeji

Koko-en Garden

Hi there. It’s Mr.Wada back on duty! Previously, I’ve introduced Himeji Castle in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture. It would be nice visiting this place in any seasons but you know what, autumn leaves at Koko-en Garden (right beside the castle) look awesome as well. Let me share it this time.

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You may wanna check this out as well for reference.

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Koko-en is right next to the HImeji castle.

68 Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo


Tickets Adult (18 and over) Child (under 18)
Koko-en 300 yen 150 yen
Koko-en + Himeji castle 1,040 yen 360 yen


Business Hours

April 27th – August 31st 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m (admission until 5:30 p.m)
September 1st – April 26th 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m (admission until 4:30 p.m)
Closed December 29th and 30th


Autumn Leaves at Koko-en GardenAutumn Leaves at Koko-en Garden

This place is open in the evening at this time of the year for watching autumn leaves. Check info.


In general, leaves turn red after mid-November. I like them mixed with red, yellow, and green. Nice contrast, isn’t it?

Koko-en Garden


Leaves look even more beautiful with the lights up.

Autumn Leaves at Koko-en Garden


How is it? Mid-November was still a bit soon for autumn leaves but we enjoyed it a lot. The ticket is very affordable at 300 yen. Check it out while you are in Himeji.

See you around!

Return of White Heron: Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle: Front (bue sky background)

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty.

Have you checked our previous posts of early spring trip?

Japanese Machu Picchu: Takeda Castle

Taste Kyoto Wine at Amanohashidate Winery

There are things that remained until today to tell about Japanese history. For instance, the castles are ones to represent how powerful Japanese lords were. This time I will share a quick tour of Himeji Castle.

About Himeji Castle

The Himeji Castle locates in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture.

It had gone under renovation for 4 years and reopened in 2015 with the brand new look. So clean!


Walk Around the Himeji Castle

What amazes me about Himeji Castle is it stands in the middle of the city. There is a castle in my hometown Okayama also but it’s a little away from the main street.


Enter the Castle

Turns out, it’d take 60 minutes to enter the main castle this time! We have no choice. Got the tickets and joined the lineup. I strongly recommend to come in earlier than 2 PM.

Once you step through the gate, you are like being trapped. It’s a castle of complex! There are thousands of traps and tricks for invaders/spies but ironically it ended up it was never invaded…


Did you know?

A triumphal arch in Paris, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, these beautiful architectures are all made in symmetry. However, Himeji Castle was designed in a different way.

Himeji Castle: Rooftop

Take a look at the castle’s structure closer, specifically its rooftop, you may feel something weird but not quite sure. I learned that the corners of the rooftop of each story are intentionally not aligned (very slightly) which contributes to its beauty. This way, you would feel it wasn’t made by molds but hands. It could apply to modern architectures as well, don’t you think?

Usually you can find family crest imprinted at the end point of the rooftop in Japanese castles. In Himeji Castle, one of its family crests has a shape of a butterfly. Among those, you can find one that is placed upside down. There is a belief that once a thing is completed it is bound to be destroyed. So, by placing it upside down indicates an intention to keep the castle away from destruction and make it live on eternally.

Inside the Castle

The castle was jam-packed! The top floor was even busier.

Secret Signs

There are little signs just like hidden Micky Mouse(s) at Disney Land. Hehe. There are some more on the top floor. Please try find to them! It’s a little fun from the Himeji Castle.



I hope you enjoyed the series of our early spring trip. We will share more adventure. Stay tuned.

See you around!