A garden that displays a variety of picturesque sceneries within a condensed area
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.
Take your time viewing one area or get the whole view of the entire garden
The 8,000㎡ Takuei Pond which is located in the center of the garden is a relaxing spot which attracts fish and water birds. The granite Kokokyo Bridge draws a beautiful arch and is a place that symbolizes Shukkei-en. The arbor, Yuyutei, which faces Takuei Pond has been used since ancient times for events such as evening tea parties and poetry parties. Meigetsu-tei, with its sukiya-style construction and straw-thatched roof, is inconspicuously located in the northwest part of the garden, and becomes even lovelier when surrounded by the beautiful foliage of fall. Geikibou is the highest summit within the garden where you can get a view of Itsukushima Shrine beyond the landscape of Shukkei-en.
A garden to be enjoyed every season
During cherry blossom season, there is nighttime illumination. Blossoms of water lily and hydrangea open in the summer which leave a cooling impression. And then there are the colors of autumn. There is also nighttime illumination during the Maple Festival which gives a different atmosphere when compared to the day. In winter, camellia and plum are in full bloom which signal the end of a full year. Periodic tea parties can be participated in by anyone so please feel free to join whenever the flowers are in bloom. Since Shukkei-en is a garden that can be enjoyed anytime during the year, you can view the most beautiful blossoms of that season for all four seasons.