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Senganen Garden

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Address: 9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima 892-0871 , Kagoshima Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 99-247-1551
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This vast, ancient Japanese-style garden, which overlooks Sakurajima and...

This vast, ancient Japanese-style garden, which overlooks Sakurajima and Kinko Bay, was once owned by the ruling family of Kagoshima.

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Beautiful in November with chrysanthemums in bloom

We spent a day wandering in the Senganen Garden, participating in a tea ceremony, watching glass making and eating a fantastic tonkatsu lunch in a restaurant with spectacular... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
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Paradise, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is supposed to be one of the residence of past feudal Lord Shimazu of Kaogshima. However, if you want to visit the actual residence, it's an extra fee and not cheap. Just strolling along the garden is nice, but there are very few exhibits that speaks to that piece of history. Visit the museum next to Senganen which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We spent a day wandering in the Senganen Garden, participating in a tea ceremony, watching glass making and eating a fantastic tonkatsu lunch in a restaurant with spectacular views of Sakurajima. The chrysanthemums were in bloom and displays were everywhere, including bonsai chrysanthemums. Interesting and beautiful. We enjoyed our day very much.

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Japan
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The Gardens are built on a historic site, which includes some early irrigation systems and a preserved home. It's a great place to walk around and take photographs. The kanji carving in the side of the mountain is really incredible to view as well. The cat shrine is a plus, too, as are the gift shops. On a clear day,... More 

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Suva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I visited this place twice (with a friend and then with my wife). I cycled from central Kagoshima to Sengan-en the first time which took about 40-50 minutes so the second time I caught the 600¥ sight-seeing bus service from Chuo-eki station (600¥ per stop but you can upgrade your ticket to last the whole day and is valid for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful scenery, stunning gardens that are extremely well kept, quite a bit of history and some shops, with high quality local foods, absolutely out of this world handmade glass craft of such exquisite quality that I have never seen in my life and all kinds of other cool stuff! Go and spend at least 4 hours there... So beautiful...

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Decided to check this out based on the positive reviews. Boy, was I disappointed! Big piece of land but nothing spectacular. We saw nicer gardens while driving past some residential areas. Don't bother if you've been to much nicer ones like those in Kyoto.

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wakefield uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Hired and English audio and learnt so much about the development of the whole area. Excellent chrysanthemums on display. can extend the walk round the attractive gardens by going on a trail. Also interesting museum and good restaurant and good quality souvenir shops of the local produce

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Beachmere, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Loved this garden plus museum with the full use of the natural surrounding elements of water, hills and volcano across the bay. To do it justice allow around 2 hours minimum. Both routes of the city view bus calls in here.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Lovely place. Amazing seeing 350-year-old trees. Visit the museum right beside it. Don't forget to try the matcha soft ice cream. The best match ice cream for me!

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los angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Was lucky that it was a clear day and and manage to get a clear view of Sakurajima. Garden is big. Wish I have more time to hike to the top. Would have been better in Spring as there is not much color in the garden. Still plenty to explore.

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