Created in 1620 as a villa for the Asano Clan by renowned tea master and high-ranking Asano clan retainer Shigeyasu Ueda, Shukkeien Garden is said to have been modeled after the iconic Xī Hú (lit. West Lake) in China.
The name Shukkeien is comprised of the kanji characters for condensed, scenic, and garden, reflecting how the majesty of picturesque mountains and river views, the refined elegance of Kyoto, and the quiet stillness of the deep mountains have all been condensed into a single garden.
Shukkeien is a prime example of what is known as a kaiyū-shiki tei-en: islands large and small dot the manmade Lake Takueichi in the middle of the garden, surrounded by carefully placed and created valleys, bridges, and arbors for visitors to enjoy while making their way around the garden.
Although it suffered catastrophic damages in the August 6 bombing, Shukkeien has been restored to the beauty that you see today, including the teahouses Seifū-kan and Meigetsu-tei.
- 2-11 Kami-nobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
- April to September: 9 am to 6 pm
October to March: 9 am to 5 pm
- Streetcar: Take the 1, 2, or 6 streetcar line headed for Hiroshima Port (Hiroshima-kō // 広島港) Miyajima-guchi (宮島口), or for Eba (江波), respectively, and change streetcars at Hatchobori (八丁堀) to the 9 streetcar line bound for Hakushima (白島); get off at Shukkeien-mae (縮景園前). It's about a 5 minute walk from there.
Bus: Take the Maple Loop Sightseeing Bus to the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (Shukkeien) bus stop.
- Adults: 260 yen
High school and university students: 150 yen
Elementary and middle school students: 100 yen
Senior citizens (65 or older): Free
Discounts available for groups of 20 or more! Please inquire directly for details.