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3 Beautiful Gardens in Hiroshima

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 23, 20233 min read

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If you are planning a trip to Hiroshima, then these three beautiful gardens are definitely worth adding to your itinerary. Flowers, natural landscapes, and moon viewing can be fully enjoyed, along with leisurely strolls and relaxation:


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Hiroshima Prefecture possesses numerous canyons against the backdrop of deep rolling woods, remote valley woodlands and places of scenic beauty within the Seto Inland Sea best symbolized by Miyajima. These scenes have been incorporated within the 6-hectare Sankei-en Garden through Japanese garden techniques. Located beside Hiroshima Airport, the garden is inside Chuo Shinrin Park and is divided into mountain, village and ocean zones. Along with the Flower Festival in early summer and the Maple Festival in autumn, there are also other events taking place all throughout the year such as the Plum Festival in March and the Moon-Viewing Party in September.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Sankei-en
Tours of Sankei-en


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A strolling garden around a pond is a style that was often seen in the gardens of feudal lords of the Edo Era. The central Takuei Pond is divided into two parts by Kokokyo Bridge, and approximately 10 islands of varying size, mountains, valleys, teahouses, bridges and arbors are artfully arranged. The path that links all these features together provides the way to see the inside of the garden. Walking along a small path will also reveal places such as a bamboo forest, a paddy field, and a tea field. It is as if all of the Japanese landscapes have been shrunken and pressed into a deep space.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Shukkei-en
Tours of Shukkei-en

Momijidani Park 

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A park that extends along the Momijidani River, it was built in consideration of the landscape as a garden erosion control measure after the area recovered from damage inflicted from a typhoon 70 years ago. The construction was done thanks to the design proposed by local Hiroshima landscape gardeners which took into account the natural environment through measures such as the placement of natural stones that would conceal any concrete put down so as not to damage any of the rocks in the park. The 150-year-old Iwaso Inn also melts into the park’s scenery. It can be reached within 20 minutes’ walk from Miyajima Pier. East of Momijidani Park, there is an area which is known for its many deer known as Yatsugahara Biroku which is one of the 8 Great Views of Itsukishima.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Momijidani Park 
Tours of Momijidani Park 
Hiroshima Tour Guide - Kazumi M.

Kazumi M.

4.98 / 5
(92 reviews)

Hi everyone. I'm Kazumi. I am a qualified tour guide.I have been guiding Hiroshima since 2010. Through guiding Hiroshima, I can give my guests my knowledge of this area and Japanese culture. At the same time, I can learn their understanding of Japan and the differences between our culture and theirs, which is very interesting. I also believe that meeting with local people is the best way to know the area. I was born and grew up in Hiroshima. I am very happy to give you wonderful time and memories in Hiroshima. I am really looking forward to hearing from you.                                                                                                                                  

Hiroshima Tour Guide - Mayumi I.

Mayumi I.

4.94 / 5
(135 reviews)

Hi, I'm Mayumi IIDA from Hiroshima. National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I am here to welcome you as your Japanese friend to help you understand Japanese culture, history and everything you want to know more and better. My tour is geared for the more independent-minded travelers. The option lets you customize your tour with a variety of activities. Your day in Hiroshima is a blank page, waiting you for writing your own tales. I am sure that you will encounter a lot of charms and delightful surprises in my hometown Hiroshima. Enjoy local hospitality and food with me !                                                                                                                                 

Hiroshima Tour Guide - Hugh C.

Hugh C.

4.93 / 5
(73 reviews)

Hi! Thanks for reviewing my profile. I am Australian, from Sydney originally but my life with Japan and its culture and history spans 30 odd years and I have been a Hiroshima resident for 18 of those 30 years. I joined GoWithGuide just recently but be assured I have led many tours in Hiroshima and more widely throughout metropolitan and regional Japan, sharing conversations about the unique society, its fascinating culture and history. I also have written several tourism blogs for inbound tour companies and also the Hiroshima Prefectural Tourism Bureau. I speak fluent Japanese and I have immersed myself in the experience of living here in modern and traditional culture and spent many years studying martial arts Aikido and Iaido. I also have a strong interest in Buddhist teachings. My Japanese calligraphy work over the years has been received recognition and several awards and commissions both in Japan and elsewhere. I'm looking forward to spending a great experience sharing the culture and history of Hiroshima with you.                                                                                                                                  

Hyogo Tour Guide - Hideo Y.

Hideo Y.

4.54 / 5
(154 reviews)

Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585. I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama. Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof. In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships. When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it ! These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people. I'll be looking forward to seeing you !!                                                                                                                                 

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