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. Make Shukkei-en Garden part of your personalized Hiroshima itinerary using our Hiroshima day trip tool .
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  • These are beautiful gardens that are manicured by hand. Different place to stop and sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. Several brides were there to take pictures.  more »
  • We went Spring proper season for visiting parks and gardens. But here we are not talking about the usual stuff. The art of Iapwnwn in gardening left us speechless
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  • 5/5 Flower Festival last Sunday that, and thither came people pretty much helpful. (Even fewer people than regular Saturday and Sunday? It was off the beaten path) much earlier than usual the azaleas are scattered, the cherry blossom season is over, and that there will be. Here and there in the garden, irises in bloom! Leisurely walk around, carp bait, watching turtles. A good holiday.
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  • 260 yen entrance fee was completely worth it. The garden is beautiful with many small path routes. Beautiful small bridges and lots of fauna in the large pond. Many detailed information signs throughout in English.
  • This is a beautiful garden. A great way to relax and enjoy the weather. The ponds are full of koi and turtles. The paths are mostly dirt and there are steps and narrow bridges, so use care!
  • The gardens here are really lovely. It's worth visiting multiple times too, as each visit is different. In summer, the greenery is overwhelming and if the rains come it can be quite romantic. In spring the blooming flowers are incredible, and if you're lucky enough to catch it on a snowy winter day the pagodas are very peaceful. But the best is Autumn. The colour changes are even better at night, they get illuminated and it's one of the nicest sights in Hiroshima.
  • A wonderful experience, especially following on from the visit to the castle. Allow yourselves at least an hour, as there are so many components to this excellently landscaped garden. We went late afternoon on a Winter's day catching beautiful shades of colour and shadows from the different angles. Basically, you walk around a marvellous lake filled with monster goldfish. The only disappointment due to the weather, was a dead herb garden an latent paddy field. I really recommend it all the same!
  • Beautiful garden with so many great views! Even though it's in the middle of the city, you don't see too much of it. There are free tours that take about 1.5 - 2 hours but often the guides don't speak much English and the older male guides can be a bit creepy. Right now (mid-February) the plum blossoms haven't opened very much so I suggest going at the end of February or late March to see the plum blossoms! And the tea and sweets at their gift shop is very refreshing. By far one of my favorite parks in Japan!
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