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Sengan-en Garden

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Address: 9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871 , Kagoshima Prefecture
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+81 99-247-1551
08:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and stately home that has been...

Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and stately home that has been passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. The garden boasts spectacular views of active volcano Sakurajima, and the house provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of a powerful feudal lord. Sengan-en and the surrounding area was fundamentally important in the modernization of Japan. It was here that Western industrial technology was introduced to Japan, studied and used in the creation of modern factories. Shoko Shuseikan is a museum set in a 150 year old stone building originally used as a machine factory. Learn about the 700 year history and culture of the Shimadzu family, and the first steps towards the industrialization of Japan. In July, 2015 Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan were recognized as World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution.

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Peaceful serenity

The garden was very peaceful and beautiful. It took me a while to see everything as its beauty caught my eyes I could do nothing but take it nice and slow. It felt quite... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Matt E
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The garden was very peaceful and beautiful. It took me a while to see everything as its beauty caught my eyes I could do nothing but take it nice and slow. It felt quite romantic and the food there I could not have enough of.

Thank Matt E
Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located outside the city, in a nice area with great view on Sakurajima. The garden is lovely, you can take a walk for around 30 minutes and also visit the main house including tea ceremony. There are some restaurants and souvenir shops. There is also a longer trail to go on top of the hill with great views on the... More 

Thank TandTSwitzerland
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

1) Different spots for photo sessions and sightseeing. You can view the Sakurajima from here. 2) If you're hungry, don't worry. There're 3 restaurants in the garden, which serve Japanese cuisine. We tried the satsuma ramen and it's good. For snacks lover, you can find sweet potato softcream ice cream, grilled mochi etc at the shoplots nearby the entrance. 3)... More 

Thank Haylee6006
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Kagoshima make sure to visit this old former estate with beautiful Japanese gardens. We were there in early spring and the trees were just beginning their blossoms -- really beautiful. In addition to the gardens there are a number of interesting shops selling food and souvenirs including Satsuma porcelain and other local items. There is an... More 

Thank foulaman
Windsor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very varied with plenty of blossom of various types despite it not quite being Sakura time. Peaceful despite the other visitors. Lots to explore. It starts out as a museum to some captain of industry with outdoor relics and the opportunity to try a martial art involving whacking sticks but soon becomes a series of different garden styles with little... More 

Thank Lianne H
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I rated it as 4 stars based on the clearness, size of garden and the shops. well trimmed vegetation and trees with zen ambiance. The sculpture there were not attractive which is out of expectation. size of garden is good and visitor can walk and finish trail within 2 hours. Wide diversity shop types there, price is acceptable as well.

Thank 鈴木健一
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A really nice garden. Great view of Sakurajima. Make sure you go on a clear, sunny day. Recommend getting the one-day city sightseeing bus and tram pass.

Thank Gary B
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

It was a nicely maintained garden, which explains the pricey admission rates. If you make the trip there, You have to do the residence tour. It is interesting and informative. The garden promises photo opportunities especially in the right season. Hopefully you manage to avoid the crowds and take a peaceful stroll around.

Thank Sharon S
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

once you get away from the entrance this garden opens up to it's full beauty and you see why the rulers of the day made it and lived there. Take the time to walk to the boundaries of the garden and you will be rewarded with some spectacular views

Thank alanloy
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Sengan-en garden, built by the Shimazu clan, is a pleasant spot for a stroll. We skipped the residence as it required a separate admission in addition to the already steep 1000 yen ticket. While the garden area was nothing special compared to some of the other famous Japanese gardens, the bamboo forest and some of the pavilions were very picturesque.... More 

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