Shukkeien Garden 縮景園
A lake garden in Hiroshima with a memorial for the victims of the atomic bomb
Shukkeien is a daimyo's garden with over 400 years of history. Visitors can enjoy touring the garden, strolling through clever compositions designed to resemble various landscapes. The garden is lined with paths and bridges, and the atmosphere of the garden changes to match its variety of quaint structures.
- The Atomic Bomb Victims' Memorial, which is inside the garden grounds
- The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, which is right next door
How to Get There
Shukkeien is a 10-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, or a short walk from Hiroden Shukkeien-Mae Station.
The origins of the garden's name
The garden is said to have been modeled on the iconic Lake Xihu ("West Lake") in Hangzhou, China. Lake Takue-chi is at the center, with 14 islets floating on the water.
In 1940, the Asano family gave the garden to Hiroshima Prefecture, and it was opened to the public. The garden served as a refuge for people injured in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, although it was also damaged in the attack.
The garden officially reopened in 1951 after extensive renovations, and it now welcomes guests year-round, with a carefully selected palette of flowers and greenery to ensure there is always something spectacular to see no matter what time of year you visit.
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