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Shukkei-en, Hiroshima

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Observe the resilience of life at Shukkei-en--just a short walk away from ground zero of the World War II nuclear attack, which obliterated almost everything. Originally commissioned in 1620, the garden morphed throughout history while still maintaining its purpose--to shrink natural scenery, making it seem larger than its actual size. Hence, the grounds boast representations of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, and islets. Thanks to local enthusiasm, the garden reopened in 1951 after the war, and now it welcomes all guests to participate in monthly tea ceremonies and leisurely activities. It can get busy during weekends, especially when plums and cherries blossom, or when maples turn red in fall. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Shukkei-en by using our Hiroshima travel itinerary maker.
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  • The gardens themselves are lovely. We went in Autumn and the colours were amazing. The surrounding buildings diminish the view somewhat but it's a nice way to spend an hour.  more »
  • Its not a must visit after having seen several gardens and parks in Japan but once can give it a shot if nearby  more »
  • The place was completely destroyed in the atomic bombing in 1945. Only a Ginko Biloba has resisted. We can still see this tree er her "babies". The garden is well maintained and we can observe a great variety of plants. Several small bridges cross the pond and it's a very nice place to make beautiful pictures.
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