Shukkeien Garden, Hiroshima

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    Shukkeien Garden

    by Rabbityama Written Sep 3, 2012
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    Shukkeien Garden was first built in 1620. It was built to look like a miniature version of the West Lake in Hangzhou, China. It served as the local daimyo's garden for centuries and was altered over the years. Like most of the other historic sites in the city, Shukkeien was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb dropping in 1945. Obviously the current garden was rebuilt years later.

    At first, it seems like a very small garden, but like all Japanese gardens, you cannot see everything from any one point. After circling the lake, there is a small bamboo grove, an herb garden, and other areas to wander through. It's a nice, pleasant strolling garden.

    Entrance is 250 yen.

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    Shukkeien Garden - an oasis in the City

    by SallyM Written Jul 28, 2011
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    The garden was begin c.1620, following Asano Nagaakira’s installation as Daimyo (feudal lord) of Hiroshima. It was built by his principal retainer, Ueda Soko, as the garden of Nagaakira’s villa. Its name (literally ‘shrink-scenery garden) comes from the idea of collecting and miniaturising many scenic views, and it is supposed to be based on a landscape in Xihu in Hangzhou, China.

    The garden was destroyed by the bomb in 1945, but was restored. In the lake in the centre are many koi carp, which occasionally leap out of the water. We discovered too late that you can buy packs of fish food at the gift shop in order to feed them. No wonder they are so big.

    Opening hours are 9.00-5.00 (9.00-6.00 in summer) and admission costs 250 yen.

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    by KevinMichael Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    This Japanese garden is gorgeous and surprisingly not crowded (at least that was true when we were there).

    The garden is located about 5 minutes by bicycle from Hiroshima castle. It's worth seeing. Take a look at these photos.

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    Shukkeien Park

    by pure1942 Updated Sep 14, 2010

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    Located close to Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Park is a popular spot for locals and vistors alike and is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon’s people watching. The gardens were originally laid out in 1620 but were of course completely destroyed by the Atomic Bomb in 1945. Renovations of the garden started almost immediately and today its past glory is clear for all to see.

    The gardens are laid out in a way said to represent the variety in Japan’s changing landscapes with valleys, mountains, rivers, lakes and forests all reproduced in miniature in the garden. Following the winding path around the central pond around these beautiful, landscaped gardens is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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    by Ines28 Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    Construction of Shukkeien began in 1620. Its name (literally "shrink-scenery garden") expresses the idea of collecting and miniaturizing many scenic views, and according to tradition it is a miniaturized landscape modeled on West Lake in Hangzhou, China.
    In 1945, the garden was destroyed by the atomic bomb, but until 1974 everything was restored.
    The park contains a lake with small islands, pavilions, bridges, a bamboo forest and of course cherry trees. We were impressed by the beauty and tranquility of the park, and near the entrance we could observe two television teams filming and discussing the first cherry blossom. It was a pity that we arrived a few days too early, there were buds everywhere, they would just not open!
    Admission fee: Y250 for adults, Y120 for children
    Open April - September: 9am - 6 pm
    October - March: 9am - 5pm

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    SHUKKEIEN (literally...

    by Sharrie Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    SHUKKEIEN (literally 'shrink-scenery garden' was constructed in 1620 but rebuilt in 1945 after the bombing. Originally built by Ueda Soko, a famous master of tea ceremony, as the garden of Nagaakira's villa.

    The garden was said to be modeled after the Xihu (West Lake) in Hangzhou, China.

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    by Sharrie Written Sep 1, 2002

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    SHUKKEIEN (literally 'shrink-scenery garden' was constructed in 1620 but rebuilt in 1945 after the bombing. Originally built by Ueda Soko, a famous master of tea ceremony, as the garden of Nagaakira's villa.

    The garden was said to be modeled after the Xihu (West Lake) in Hangzhou, China.

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