Friday, March 20, 2020

Sankei-en Garden

Sankei-en Garden is not an old garden, it was constructed in 1993 as part of the redevelopment of the land around the construction of Hiroshima Airport in the mountains NE of the city. It is a stroll-type garden and as the name suggests is divided into 3 zones or "views"

Mountain, village, & sea represent the three landscapes of Hiroshima. The large pond filled with koi represents the Inland Sea with several small islands accessed by bridges. As you enter the garden you start on a building and floating platform that is modeled on the famous shrine on Miyajima.

The village zone has lots of plum, maple, and bamboo as well as irrigation channels, and the mountain zone has lots of natural forests and a waterfall. It is particularly nice to visit in the autumn which is when it gets the most visitors but is usually not at all crowded.

The garden has a large number of different species of Iris and an Iris festival is held in June. Obviously, if you are flying into or out of the airport it is worth a visit.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this, Jake. I just might have a chance to visit this garden in person in October, depending on the virus situation.