Shukkeien Garden


Shukkeien Garden Shukkeien Garden Hiroshima sometimes known as Bridges in Shukkeien is one of the great Japanese gardens.

Shukkeien's name can be translated into English as "shrunken-scenery garden", which is also a good description of the garden itself.

 

 

 

 

Valleys, mountains, and forests are represented in miniature in the garden's landscapes. Through carefully cultivated land and vegetation, the garden mimics a variety of natural formations and scenic views.

 

Origins of the Garden

In 1619, Asano Nagakira became the lord of Aki province and he began ruling as the Daimyo from Hiroshima Castle. Despite ruling all of modern Hiroshima Prefecture and more, his villa lacked a garden worthy of a prominent ruler of Japan. As a result, a year later, his principal retainer and famous master of the tea ceremony, Ueda Soko, started construction of the Diamyo's new garden.

The garden is said to have initially been designed as a miniaturized landscape of Lake Xihu (West Lake) in Hangzhou, China. But, a quick comparison of the shape of Xihu and Shukkeien's main pond, Takuei, shows very little similarity. In any case, the garden is a circular-tour style that emerged in the Muromachi Era (1336-1568).

Restoration

The gardens, like most of Hiroshima, was wiped out of existence in 1945. The Hiroshima Board of Education immediately started repairs to restore the garden.

Today, around 300,000 visitors come to enjoy the gardens each year. While it isn't considered one of the top three gardens in Japan, it is worth a visit if you have an extra hour or so in Hiroshima.

Tea Ceremony

The Shukkeien Garden holds tea ceremonies all year round. Most months have at least one special tea ceremony that takes place during that month.

 •January - Daifuku (????) - Bean jam stuffed rice cake tea ceremony
 •February - Umemi (????) - Plum blossom viewing tea ceremony
 •March - Momomi (????) - Peach blossom viewing tea ceremony
 •April - Kanou (????) - Cherry blossom viewing tea ceremony
 •May - Chyatsumi (????) - Tea harvesting tea ceremony
 •June - Jyoubu (??????) - Good health tea ceremony
 •June - Taue-Matsuri (?????) - Rice Planting Festival
 •August - Nouryou (????) - Evening tea ceremony
 •September - Keirou (????) - Respect for elders tea ceremony
 •September - Kangetsu (????) - Moon viewing tea ceremony
 •November - Kikumi (????) - Chrysanthemum viewing tea ceremony
 •December - Momiji (?????) - Japanese maple tea ceremony

How to get there 
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 150 yen. 

Hours and Fees 
Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (unitl 17:00 from October to March)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 250 yen

 

 

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