|Cheapo Article:||A Day in Hiroshima: A Guide on What to Do, See and Eat|
|Access:||0.8 km from Hiroshima Station|
|Address:||2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City 730-0014 [map]|
|Hours:||9am - 6pm (5pm Oct-March and Dec 29-31, Jan 2-3rd)|
A garden of miniatures, Shukkeien was built in 1620 by Ueda Soko, a famous tea-ceremony master, for the feudal lord Daimyo. Designed to contain an array of beautiful views, the name literally translates to ‘shrink-scenery garden’ and contains small versions of valleys, forest streams, shrines and koi ponds – designed to make the relatively small garden feel much larger. Created in a circle-tour style, you can follow the paths with occasional detours and enjoy stumbling across new scenes, all independently beautiful. The park is centred around a lake, with plum orchards, small tea-house style buildings and just an endless supply of picturesque views. There is also a small tea-garden where you can try traditional green tea and Japanese sweets in the perfect setting. With a wide variety of Cherry and Plum blossom trees, the garden looks especially great in Spring, but each season adds its own touch, so you’ll never be disappointed.