Once the property of the Japanese businessman Taijiro Kodera in the late 19th century, the Sorakuen Garden was unveiled to the public in 1941 and is currently the only urban traditional Japanese garden in Kobe. The garden covers an area of over 20,000 square metres and offers a plethora of breath-taking sights to delight every nature enthusiast. After walking through the majestic entrance gates, visitors will be enraptured by the sheer beauty and impressiveness around every corner of the garden, with sights such as the 500 year old Camphor tree, the central pond and the surrounding rich dark-green pine trees. It also features a two storey houseboat owned by a feudal lord of Himeji, the stable of the old Kodera residence, as well as an elegant open area grass plaza.
Ticket prices at the Sorakuen Garden cost around ¥300 per person
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily (except on Thursdays)
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Senior Guests, Young Adults, Children
The former Hassam House, the Kodera stable, 500 year old Camphor tree, Funayakata boathouse and the Azalea and Chrysanthemum Exhibition
Designated prayer room facilities at the Sorakuen Garden will be unavailable, but it is possible to enquire the locals for a private area to use during prayer times.
Though Halal food at the Sorakuen Garden will not be available, visitors could go to one of the Halal restaurants scattered around Kobe city.