In order to enjoy natural scenery in a carefree way, the culture of making beautiful gardens has developed in Japan. These are called “Entei”, in which realistic streams and ponds are created and trees are planted. Located in Kobe, Sorakuen is one such garden. Starting with a giant camphor tree dating from about 500 years ago, the bountiful nature spreading out before you offers a Japanese-style landscape for your pleasure.

When I searched the Internet for photogenic spots to snap pictures of Japanese scenery to upload on SNS, Sorakuen came up. Somehow, it's very highly rated among overseas travelers to Japan. That’s why I decided to come and see it for myself!

As soon as I entered Sorakuen, I understood the secret to its popularity. The traditional Japanese structures are set off by gardens so beautiful that they present perfect photo opportunities!

You can also snap photos of such a contemplative atmosphere!

Visitors to this garden can do more than just take pictures. Why not experience its charms up close? Since I visited in the summer, I could smell the fragrance of flowers, hear the hum of cicadas, feel the difference in temperature between sunny spots and shady places, and hear the cascade of water flowing into the lake. I could really relax here!

The moment I entered Sorakuen, I felt like time had stopped. It is such a calm and peaceful place! With azaleas blooming in the spring and leaves changing color in the fall, another attraction is the seasonal change of scenery. I’d especially recommend this place to those who wish to take Japanese-style photos and experience Japanese culture from days gone by!

Address5-3-1 Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo
AccessAbout 10 minutes on foot from Motomachi Station
Business Hours9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission 4:30 p.m.)
ClosedEvery Thursdays (the following day when Wednesday falls on a National Holiday); New Year’s holiday (December 29th - January 3rd)
Regular AdmissionAdults (15 and up) 300 yen / Children (elementary and junior high school students) 150 yen


Take 10% off the regular admission fee.
It is valid until March 31, 2019.
It cannot be combined with any other offers.


Author's Introduction: Katerina
Coming from Ukraine, she can also use Japanese, English, French, and Russian. Making good use of her linguistic abilities, she has traveled to over 40 countries so far. As a navigator on this site, she shares the attractions of Hyogo Prefecture.