Shukkeien literally means the "Shrunken scenery Garden", and was said to be modeled after Xi Hu (West Lake) in Hangzhou, China.
It is a historic garden that has been built on 1620 by a renowned master of the tea ceremony, Ueda Soko. Originally, it served as a villa garden for Asano Nagaakira, Hiroshima's feudal lord.
However, it was one of the ravaged scenic spots in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb landed Hiroshima on 1945.
Now, after years of restoration, there are about 180,000 tourists coming to Shukkeien each year, mostly on January and February where plum trees are in full bloom.
The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is located adjacent to the garden, where visitors can explore the history and culture of Hiroshima reflected to the local art exhibited in the museum.
The garden is just 15 minutes on foot from JR Hiroshima Station. Alternatively, you can take tram line 1,2, or 6 to Hacchoborri and transfer to line 9 to "Shukkei-en mae".
The garden is open daily except on December 29 to 31, from 9:00-17:00.
Admission costs 260 Yen, and 150 for elementary and Middle school students.
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