Shukkei-en Garden

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Area: Hiroshima
Address: 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City 730-0014 [map]
Phone: +81-(0)82-221-3620 +81-(0)82-221-3620
Access: 204 m from Shukkeien-mae Station Hiroden Line 9
295 m from Katei Saibansho-mae Station Hiroden Line 9
306 m from Jogakuin-mae Station Hiroden Line 9
Hours: 9am - 6pm (5pm Oct-March and Dec 29-31, Jan 2-3rd)
Admission: Adults: ¥250
Children: ¥150

A garden of miniatures, Shukkei-en 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.