Shukkei-en’s name roughly translates into English as “shrunken-scenery garden”, which succinctly describes the garden itself; natural features such as mountains, forests and valleys are shown in miniature in the garden’s landscapes. Through careful cultivation, the garden mimics a variety of natural scenic views.
The garden’s history dates back to 1620, soon after the completion of Hiroshima Castle. It displays many features of the traditional aesthetics of Japanese gardens and there are a number of tea houses offering visitors lovely views of the scenery.
The entire garden is connected by a path which winds around the large pond found at the centre of the garden. The path passes through all of Shukkeien’s miniaturized scenes and following this path around the garden is the best way to enjoy Shukkeien.