Himeji Castle - Koko-en Gardens
The gardens were built in a corner of the castle grounds where the lord's west residence once existed. Today, there are several beautiful Japanese gardens displaying different landscape styles and some reconstructed gates and walls similar to what would have been found around samurai residences. The roadways and gates are often used as sets for filming period movies and TV shows. I've actually only visited these gardens once. I typically opt to go to other castles or spend more time at Himeji but due to the heavy rain this day I just made a quick trip through the gardens before going back to the hotel. I was surprised how nice they are and will visit again on my next trip.