Attraction 2-11 Kaminoboricho Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0014 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Shukkei-en Garden is special ?
Shukkeien was created in the year Genna 6 (1620) by Shigeyasu Ueda, a high-ranking retainer in the service of the Asano Clan who was also a renowned master of tea ceremony, to serve as a villa for Asano feudal lords. The garden's interior, said to have been modeled on the world-famous scenic beauty of China's Xī Hú (West Lake), was named "Shukkeien" (meaning "condensed scenery garden") for condensing into a single garden the scenery of a mountain river, the feel of Kyoto and the essence of a place deep in the mountains. Several islands, large and small, rise out of the pond, called "Takueichi", that was created in the center of the garden and the clever arrangement of ravines, bridges and arbors allows visitors to enjoy taking a stroll around them. Thus, Shukkeien is also known as a strolling garden. Although Shukkeien was virtually destroyed in the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima in the year Showa 20 (1945), the "Seifukan" and "Meigetsutei" tea houses have now been restored.
What to explore at Shukkei-en Garden?
Shukkei-en was first opened to the public in 1940. Although almost completely destroyed in the atomic bombing, it has been lovingly restored. For a small charge members of the public can take part in seasonal tea ceremonies held in tea houses in the garden. If the idea of a tea ceremony is a little intimidating, there is also the quaint Sensui-tei teashop, with lots of outdoor seating, where visitors can enjoy Japanese tea and sweets (coffee too) in a more relaxed setting. Shukkei-en also a very popular spot for wedding photographs, and there is a good chance visitors will see young couples dressed in traditional wedding attire.
The lake is filled with large koi carp and you can purchase carp feed from for ¥100 a bag.The sight of the impressive fish making and a beeline towards fresh feed being cast into the water, and the battle over the pellets that ensues is quite a sight and is sure to delight children.
Although it can get quite busy at weekends, especially when the plum or cherry trees are blossoming and the maples are turning red in the autumn, on most days you will find the place quiet and relaxing. Lovely on a nice day when you hang around for an hour or two strolling and watching the turtles sun themselves on rocks in the pond, it also a good place to visit on a rainy day when it takes on a completely different, but still delightful, character in the rain.
How to get to Shukkei-en Garden?
Shukkeien is a 15 minute walk from Hiroshima Station. Alternatively, it is a few steps from "Shukkeien-mae" tram stop along tram line 9. From Hiroshima Station, take tram line 1, 2 or 6 to Hacchobori and transfer to tram line 9. The entire journey takes about 15 minutes and costs 160 yen.
- A beautiful park in the city center Hiroshima
- Beautiful, Peaceful Garden
- Nice place to spend an hour or two hours
- Glorious oasis in Hiroshima
- A testament to mankind's resilience
2-11 Kaminoboricho Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0014 Japan
Tips for you
Designed to mimic the famous west lake in china, this meticulously maintained garden is the most beautiful I have ever seen. Home to 230 different species of roses, and with tea houses assorted throughout the grounds, you should not miss this site when visiting Hiroshima. Be sure to arrive early so as to afford plenty of time for tea ceremony. Warning to those with small kids - being a baby Björn and not a stroller. The grounds are not at all convenient to walk with a stroller
One of Japan's finest gardens. See the "Rainbow" bridge. You can feed the fish for ¥100. There's also a lovely tea house.