Designed with the purpose of making you believe you have visited the Edo Period in all its landscape manifestations, Kokoen will leave you breathless.
Kokoen garden, illusionism in its vegetal expression /
Built in 1992 to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the Himeji municipality establishment, the gardens are set up in an area where several samurai houses were located; a fact confirmed by seven archaeological digs. The most marvellous part of these gardens is that, although they merely occupy 3.5 acres, they were designed following the Edo Period style, ranging from 1603 to 1868, when the Shoguns ruled Japan.
This was the inspiration behind the designs of Makoto Nakamura from Tokyo University, who devised the gardens were to be several instead of only one. Every time you walk down a path the panorama changes and make it seem like you stepped into an entirely different garden. As such, the gardens have different themes: the Lords’ Garden is articulated by bridges and veiled by a waterfall and a river full of fish; a traditional tea room where we can enjoy a beautiful ceremony; a pine garden; a bamboo garden and a flower garden.
The year round these gardens undergo a continual transformation, each one in their own way, offering a colourful mosaic of history and species. The Sakura season is of course the one that is prone to leave you speechless.Tagged: trips and travelers, destinations, Japan, gardens, Kokoen garden