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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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  • Close to the memorial park and the castle. Beautifully layed out and tended with a nice tea house/shop. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Right in the city this tranquil park with intimate lakes and bridges is dominated by modern buildings on the skyline. You can visit the 200 year old Ginkgo tree that survived the A bomb.  more »
  • We visited this garden on our last morning in Hiroshima before flying back to Australia. Talk about saving the best until last! This small, but perfectly formed garden is tucked in amongst shops, scho...  more »
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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!
  • I really like this place! A small private park, well maintained. Got to go to this place during cherry blossom season
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A beautiful and tranquil garden to walk around and take pictures. I went in February when nothing was really blooming. It was still very nice and relaxing. Can easily walk through it in half an hour. Did cost a little more than expected.