“Shukkeien Garden” in Hiroshima, famous for its scenic beauty. It is a very beautiful garden that changes its expression from season to season. Why do not you feel the four seasons of Japan while looking at the beautiful garden that can not be touched everyday? The atmosphere should heal you.
Shukkeien Garden is a garden in Kaminobori Town, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It originated in a villa that was ordered and made by Nagaakira ASANO, the 1st lord of Hiroshima Domain, in 1620. Continued to receive love from the Asano family, and contributed to Hiroshima Prefecture in 1940. The prototype of the current garden is formed by Shimizu Shichirouemon, a Kyoto gardener.
Shukkeien Garden is a national scenic spot and one of the “100 Best Japanese Historical Parks”. It is also popular with foreign tourists as a place to feel Japanese. Various trees and flowers are planted in the park, so you can enjoy various scenery depending on the season.
The cherry blossoms in the park are the best feature of spring. Events such as tea parties are also held during the cherry blossom season. A wonderful cherry blossom tree in Shukkeien Garden, where many people are stunning. White and pink flowers bloom from a single trunk. During full bloom, there is a night light up. The expression will be different from the daytime, and the impression will increase.
Summer scenery surrounded by beautiful greenery. In addition to events such as the Tanabata Tea Party, the ceremony for the memorial service for victims of the A-bomb victims will be held in hope of world peace. Taking a stroll through the sunbeams in a beautiful garden is the best feeling.
During the rainy season, the hydrangea in Siefu pond is cool and beautiful. A hydrangea festival is also held in season.
Many autumn leaves color the garden in autumn. Events such as chrysanthemum exhibition, chrysanthemum tea party, and maple tea party are also held in autumn. The scenery of autumn leaves colored in red and yellow will continue, and you may breathe in unexpectedly.
The autumn leaves are also lit up at night. The scenery is so fantastic. When there is no wind, the autumn leaves are reflected on the surface of the water.
Shukkeien Garden wrapped in snow. The scenery is hard to see, but the white-colored garden has a taste.
It is a very precious place where you can calm down while staying in the city of Hiroshima. Various flowers bloom depending on the season, so you will want to go there many times. Why do not you walk in the park while thinking about the thoughts of old greats?
The Shukkei-en Garden was built as an annex of the Asanos, who was Hiroshima feudal lord, in 1620, and is loved also in the name of “Sentei”. This garden was loved by successive feudal lords, e.g., 5th feudal lord Yoshinaga came here in 1713 and named Gamei (elegance name) in a mountain, a pond, a building, a bridge, the island in the residence each. Furthermore, 7th feudal lord Shigeakira invited a gardener of Kyoto in 1783 and made Kokoukyo bridge and performed large repair and fixed the scenery of the garden. Maintenance expansion is carried out several times afterwards. Thus, the present scene was formed by the care covering several order.
The pond of the center of the garden called “Takueichi” was bisected by Kokoukyo bridge, and a tearoom, bower, a mountain, a river, an island, etc. are arranged skillfully. It is a stroll style garden which can make an excursion inside the garden by the road which connects them. This is the form mostly seen in a large garden of many daimyos of the Edo period. In addition, it is elaborately designed to let you feel it more greatly than a real extent, and Moreover, the figure of north Futabayama mountain and west Koiyama mountain is well adopted as Shakkei (making use of the surrounding landscape in the design of a garden), and depth is expressed.
There are four pieces of small fields in the “Yunenjo” in the east area in the garden, and feudal lord makes rice here, and it is said that he knew the crop in the feudal clan. In addition, it turns out that there were the herb garden in which the medicinal herb more than 400 kinds was planted, and the shooting gallery, the riding ground, etc. and it is known that it was not the garden only for merely admiring.
The Kankokan was established in the garden in 1913, and admiration came to be permitted. Furthermore, it was opened to the public widely after the Asanos contributed this garden to Hiroshima in 1939 and it became familiar among citizen.
Most of a building, trees, etc. was lost by the atomic bomb in 1945. However, it opened again in 1951 and full-scale restoration began around from 1962. Then, Seifukan was restored in 1964, Meigetsutei of the tearoom was restored in 1974, and it returned to the old figure mostly.
|Address:||Kaminoboricho 2-11 Hiroshima Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0014 Japan|
|Access:||Hiroshima-dentetsu Hakushima-sen Line “Shukkeien-mae-eki” station (3 minutes walk)|
|Price:||260 yen (Adult)|
150 yen (Students and Under 18 years old)
100 yen (Under 15 years old)