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Shukkeien Garden

Explore the best of traditional Japanese landscaping and views of the stunning taiko-bashi bridge at Shukkeien Garden, a historic oasis in the heart of Hiroshima.

By Abhijit Sen

Shukkeien Garden in Hiroshima Prefecture is a striking daimyo‘s (feudal lord) garden dating back to the early 17th century. It’s a historical site that offers visitors a glimpse into Japanese history. Unfortunately, during the atomic bombing of August 6, 1945, it was completely destroyed. However, the garden has been restored to its former glory. This garden is an exceptional example of a traditional Japanese garden that showcases the beauty and elegance of Japanese aesthetics.

Miniaturized Sceneries

Shukkeien Garden

Photo by: PIXTA/m.Taira Inside the garden.

One of the most notable features of Shukkeien Garden is its miniaturized sceneries, designed to showcase various landscapes including mountains, forests, and waterfalls, all on a small scale. The garden is centered around a serene pond, surrounded by tea houses offering visitors ideal views of the scenery. Take a stroll along the meandering paths or attend a traditional tea ceremony in one of the tea houses. While sipping on green tea and munching on sweets, you can admire the stunning scenery.

Seasonal Highlights

Shukkeien Garden

Photo by: PIXTA/Skylight Fall in the garden.

During spring, the garden is filled with cherry blossoms and peaches, while in summer, the lush greenery of the trees is a sight to behold. During autumn, the garden transforms into a breathtaking canvas of red, yellow, and orange as the leaves gradually change their color. Similarly, in winter, the plum blossoms and camellias thrive, creating beautiful and picturesque scenery. During the cherry blossom or fall season, the garden is illuminated at night, which is truly a sight to behold. Additionally, Shukkeien Garden hosts several events throughout the year, including komomaki, a winter event where trees are wrapped in straw to protect them from the cold

To explore the garden from a different perspective, ride a water taxi that runs through Hiroshima. These boats provide an elegant and unique opportunity to enjoy the garden.

Finally, no visit to Shukkeien would be complete without crossing the iconic taiko-bashi (drum bridge). This 240-year-old bridge is a famous symbol of the garden, and its rainbow-like appearance is truly breathtaking. Overall, Shukkeien Garden is a must-see attraction in Hiroshima. It’s an oasis in the heart of the city and a perfect place to relax.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

From March to September, the garden is open from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and September to March, the garden is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

General admission is ¥260. For high school and university students admission is ¥150 and for elementary and junior high school students it’s ¥100.

Other places of interest

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

Located right next to Shukkeien Garden, the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is home to a vast collection of art that is related to Hiroshima, as well as Japanese art.

How To Get There


By train

Take the streetcar from Hiroshima station to Hatchobori. Then, transfer to the Hakushima line and get off at Shukkeien-mae. Walk for 2 minutes to reach your destination.

By bus

Take the orange route of the Hiroshima sightseeing loop bus from the Shinkansen exit of JR Hiroshima station and get off at the Prefectural Museum of Art (Shukkeien-mae).

By foot

It will take approximately a 10-minute walk from Hiroshima station.

Where To Stay

Valie Hotel Hiroshima
  • 7-25 Kamihatchobori, Hiroshima-shi Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730-0012 Japan
  • ¥6,750 - ¥24,300
  • 4.06/5 (151 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Urbain Hiroshima Central
  • 5-20 Teppocho, Hiroshima-shi Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730-0017 Japan
  • ¥4,860 - ¥8,460
  • 4.01/5 (3,114 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Hotel Intergate Hiroshima
  • 5-16 Teppocho, Hiroshima-shi Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730-0017 Japan
  • ¥12,500 - ¥69,000
  • 4.54/5 (1,281 reviews)
  • 0.5 km
Hotel Livemax Premium Hiroshima
  • 1-1-7 Futabanosato, Hiroshima-shi Higashi-ku, Hiroshima, 732-0057 Japan
  • ¥6,800 - ¥56,100
  • 3.77/5 (378 reviews)
  • 0.5 km
Hotel Vista Hiroshima
  • 6-15 Teppocho, Hiroshima-shi Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730-0017 Japan
  • ¥8,500 - ¥14,600
  • 4.37/5 (703 reviews)
  • 0.5 km

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