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Kokoen is a relatively modern Japanese garden, opened in 1992 on the former site of of the feudal lord's west residence Nishi-Oyashiki at Himeji Castle. The gardens were designed by a team of Japan's top landscape architects and garden designers and consists of nine separate, walled gardens designed in various styles of the Edo Period. Among the gardens are the garden of the lord's residence which features a pond with a waterfall, a tea garden & tea ceremony house, a pine tree garden, a bamboo garden and a flower garden. Overall the gardens were designed to be attractive in every season.