NOW & NEW
The Hiroshima Botanical Gardens are only open during the day for most of the year, but for only five days in September (the 9th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, and the 24th), the hours of operation will be extended into the night. Visitors will be able to see the plant life at night as greenhouses and pathways are lit, and a nocturnal floral beauty contest is held on the garden grounds. The star of the show will be the barringtonia featured on the promotional poster, but all flora in the gardens will be worth admiring during those select weekends. The Botanical Gardens are a bit out of the way from central Hiroshima City, but luckily, there will be a free shuttle bus service departing from JR Itsukaichi Station starting in the afternoon, so even tourists who cannot drive can marvel at this limited-time spectacle!