Shukkeien Garden was commissioned by Asano Nagaakira during the Edo period, the seventh lord of the Hiroshima domain. The traditional Japanese style garden was constructed by famous gardeners from Kyoto specialized in creating scenic representations of valleys and mountains from the carefully cultivated vegetation. Traditional tea houses are situated by the pond acting as the perfect location to relax and enjoy the natural scenery of the garden with varies strolling paths within the area. The Asano family used this garden as a private villa, which even provided lodging for Emperor Meiji. The same garden also served as a refuge for victims of during the nuclear war. Although Shukkeien suffered major damage from war, however, after renovation efforts, the park was reopened soon after in 1951. Today, visitors can stroll among the scenic garden and take in the views, once only available for the social elite and royalty to enjoy.