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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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  • I did not know anything about this garden until we stumbled upon it. In spite of the oppressive heat, it was an amazing place to visit. The gardens are beautiful and we enjoyed wandered along the path...  more »
  • I visited a Japanese-style garden. It seems indeed during the Edo period was landscaped as a Villa Lord garden. Has been around, but quiet and peaceful time to relax.
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  • We had just 30 minutes until they shut down the main points of interest to visit in Hiroshima (18.00 hours) so we decided to go for a walk in the Park. It is tiny but very cozy. Laps around the Lake, with its various bridges and see fish and turtles. Recommend it especially if you have not been able to visit any Japanese garden.
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • I really like this place! A small private park, well maintained. Got to go to this place during cherry blossom season
  • 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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Where to stay in Hiroshima

The majority of places to stay in Hiroshima concentrate in the areas surrounding the train station, the memorial museum and park, and a couple of main boulevards. Here you can find basic, comfortable, and clean hostels, dozens of mid-range business hotels, and a couple of pricier four- and five-star international chains, all of which offer easy access to any of the sights in this compact city. For an adventurous and very affordable overnight stay in Hiroshima, you can even sleep in private pods attached to the train station's south side.
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