Aug 02, 2018 Art Hiroshima City

Find Out About the History of Japanese Garden, Shukkeien!

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Located in Hiroshima City, Shukkeien is a famous Japanese garden that will make you forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city. Its deep history and dignified presence amaze the international tourists that visit. In this article, I’ll discuss the history of Shukkeien and what you should see there, so you can enjoy your trip more.

What is Shukkeien?

Shukkeien is a Japanese garden created in 1620, and be surrounded by over 4,800 trees. Time of this filled with greenery garden flows calmly, so it’s hard to believe it’s in the middle of a city. Also, there’s a lake called Takueichi, which takes up 20% of the garden’s area, and the garden has several facilities and plants, so there’s a lot to see.

Shukkeien and the A-bomb

Before WWII, Shukkeien was known as Sentei, but on the 6th of August 1945, it was damaged by the A-bomb blast. Directly after the A-bomb was dropped, many of the victims evacuated to Shukkeien, but a lot of these people were unable to receive proper treatment, and died of their injuries. In 1987, a large quantity of human bones were discovered inside this garden. They received a proper burial, and a memorial was built for them.

What Should I See at Shukkeien?

It has lots of great spots that are filled with the culture of the Edo period (17th – early 19th centuries). Meigetsutei, shown here, is a building with a thatched roof, designed so you can look out at the moon, and it has facilities like tea rooms.

Koko-kyo (“straddling rainbow bridge”) is designed to look like a rainbow linking heaven and earth, and its curved appearance leaves a strong impression.

There are also a lot of trees and plants inside the garden, and you can enjoy the flowers of each of the four seasons, such as the cherry blossoms in springtime, and the autumn leaves.

Fun for Kids Too! How to Enjoy Shukkeien

Shukkeien is the perfect place to enjoy the modest, elegant atmosphere of Japan, but they also sell food for koi, carp fish at reception and next to Koko-kyo, so you can have fun feeding animals in the lake.

It’s a lot of fun to visit with your children, friends, or family.

At Sensuitei, next to the entrance leading inside the garden, you can also enjoy Japanese sweets such as matcha and zenzai (sweet azuki bean soup), and light meals like udon and inaka musubi.

Shukkeien Guide/Things to Note

Shukkeien has a lot of small rocks and slopes, so you need to watch your step when walking. If you’ve got children with you, make sure not to let them out of your sight. There are staff present to help tourists at the ticket counter, as well as at various places in the garden, so ask them if you’re not sure of anything.

Facility Information

Address 2-11 Kami Noborimachi, Nakaku Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station -2mins walk  from Shukkeien-mae
-15 mins walk from Hiroshima Station
Open Apr 1 – Sep 30 9:00am – 6:00pm
Oct 1 – Mar 31 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Dec 29 – Dec 31
Website Official Website
Entrance Fee Adult: ¥260
High school/College student: ¥150
Elementary/Middle school student: ¥100

How to Access from Hiroshima Station


Time: 15-20 mins

Meipuru-pu (Route Bus)

Price:¥200 Time: 10 mins Changes: None
-How to Ride “meipuru-pu” the Loop Bus

Hiroshima Sta.

prefectural art museum
Lemon Route


Shukkeien has a deep history. 2020 will mark 400 years since its creation. When you visit Hiroshima, you should definitely go check it out!