Shukkei-en Garden, Hiroshima

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Observe the resilience of life at Shukkei-en Garden--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 Garden by using our Hiroshima travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We took the tourist bus from Hiroshima staton that is included with the JR West pass. We got off at the Hiroshima Art Museum stop. The garden is behind the museum. At first, the garden looks plain, an...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    quiet spot Middle a busy city like Hiroshima. very beautiful well-kept garden with many explanations. You can follow a route.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Interesting garden with bridges, paths, ponds with plenty of peace and quiet. Part of the garden was not clean.
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  • May 20, 2017
    The garden is rebuilt after the nuclear attack. It is breathtaking. The trees, the pond and the bridge is amazing. It has a small local tea shop at the back that is quaint and lovely!
  • June 20, 2017
    One of my favorite stops in Hiroshima. The garden, even in winter, was amazing. Spend a good hour just feeding the Koi while admiring the tranquility
  • April 7, 2017
    A stunning place for a stroll. Being a lunch and sit on one of the benches. Well worth an hour or more. Great photo oops.
  • June 4, 2017
    I really like this place! A small private park, well maintained. Got to go to this place during cherry blossom season
  • March 23, 2017
    This is one of my favorite places to go in Hiroshima city, any time of year. It is conveniently found adjacent to the prefectural art museum, easily accessible by public transportation or a short walk from Hiroshima JR station. The pond has all kinds of wonderful creatures from ravenous carp (you can buy food for them, or "esa", at the garden tea shop) to graceful cranes (herons? egrets?) and turtles. There are many covered areas to stop and be contemplative, so remove your shoes and enjoy this peaceful area that seems to exist out of time and out of the busy city.

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