The garden was built as a villa garden in 1620 by the lord of Hiroshima, Nagasu Asano, in Kamibiki-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Japan. It is said to have been built as a villa garden in 1620 by the lord of Hiroshima, Nagasei Asano. It is said to have imitated the “West Lake of Hangzhou” in China, and to have concentrated the scenery of mountains, Kyoto and the elegance of deep mountains in the garden, hence its name.
The garden is a parade style garden with more than ten small and large islands in the pond in the center of the garden, surrounded by mountains, with a valley, a bridge, and a tea room, etc., and connected by paths for visitors to walk around. In the center of the garden, there is a teahouse-style building, and on the west side, there is an elegant school building, which was almost in ruins after the atomic bombing in 1945, and was later restored to its original state with the restoration of the pre-war landscape. Now, it has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hiroshima, attracting a large number of tourists from home and abroad every year.
How to get there
(1)15 minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station
(2)5 minutes by bus from Hiroshima Station (take the bus bound for Asahimachi and get off at “Shukkeien Iriguchi”)
(3)10 minutes by streetcar from Hatchobori (take the streetcar bound for Hakushima and get off at Shukkeien-mae)
It is a magnificent garden. If you would like to tour the garden while learning about its historical background, I recommend that you ask a free guide who is waiting near the entrance to accompany you. The explanation was very detailed and I am glad I asked for it.