Access Map




By Car

Chugoku Express Way 15 minutes from Tohori exit-ramp of Bantan Expressway branched off of Fukusaki Inter-change.
Sanyo Express Way Approx. 20 minutes from Himeji-higashi Interchange. Approx. 25 minutes from Himeji-nishi Interchange.
Hanshin Expressway (Himeji Bypass) Approx. 15 minutes from Chuji Ramp.

Japan Railway to Himeji City

From Osaka Kobe take Sanyo Shinkansen or JR Kobe Line (Special Rapid Express) bound for Himeji, Aboshi or Banshu Ako.
JR Kobe Line (Special Rapid Express):Approx. 1 hour from Osaka~Himeji. Approx. 40 min. from Sannomiya Station.
Shin-Osaka~Himeji City by Shinkansen approx. 30 minutes.
From Hiroshima Okayama Direction:Take Sanyo Shinkansen / Approx. 20 minutes to Himeji. Or Sanyo Mainline bound for Himeji / Approx. 1.5 hours

Private Railway

Take Hanshin or Sanyo Trains bound for Sanyo Station Himeji.
Approx. 1.5 hours by Direct Express from Hanshin Umeda Station.
Approx. 1 hour from Hanshin-Hankyu Kobe at Sannomiya Station.

From JR/Sanyo Railway Himeji station

Kokoen Garden is next to Himeji Castle, a short walk west of the castle's main gate (Otemon Gate). From Himeji JR Station, it can be reached in a 20 minute walk or five minute ride by bus (¥100 one way) along the broad Otemae-dori Street, which leads straight north from the station to Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden.


Otemon Parking is pay-parking directly in front of/across the street from Koko-en/Himeji Castle.

Ability 555 cars、45 Buses.
  • Otemon Parking is open 24/7.
    Parking and payment method is self-service using automated charging machines.
    Otemae Parking Location: 68 Banchi-Honmachi, Himeji. Across the street/in front of Koko-en and Himeji Castle.
    Parking Charges:Bus (2.6 meters) ¥2,500 one day.
    Standard car/van:first 3 hours ¥600; over 3 hours ¥900.
    Otemon Parking inquiry contact: TEL. +81-79-284-1533