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Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park is a zoo in Hiroshima, Japan. Asa Zoological Park opened in 1971 in Asakita-ku, Hiroshima as the 62nd zoo in Japan. The gross area of the zoo is 49.6 ha. There are about 170 varieties of animals including giraffes, lions, black rhinoceroses, lesser pandas, woylies, Japanese giant salamanders and macaws. They recruit citizen volunteers to explain the animals in detail and with humor to visitors.


Shukkei-en is a historic Japanese garden in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Shukkeien’s name can be translated into English as “shrunken-scenery garden”, which is also a good description of the garden itself. Valleys, mountains, and forests are represented in miniature in the garden’s landscapes. Through careful cultivation of the land and vegetation, the garden mimics a variety of natural formations and scenic views.


The Hiroshima Botanical Garden is located to the west of Hiroshima City in Itsukaichi. They have played in important role since they opened in 1976 in preserving rare native plant species from Japan and from around the world through seed exchange programs with around 200 other institutes in 34 countries. The garden is most popular during the spring time but its large greenhouses and temperature controlled buildings ensure that at least something is blooming all year round.