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Senganen Garden

Ranked #2 of 55 Attractions in Kagoshima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Religious Sites
Description: 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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Tokyo, Japan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This garden is very beautiful garden and also best place to see Sakurajima! I couldn't go to the short trail course, but they have the waterfall. I went to there by bus, Kagoshima has some around buses, "Kagoshima city view" and "Machimeguri bus" both are nice veiw! If you don't have much time to stay, I recommend this place!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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96 reviews 96 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Wow, what else can I say. This is a must see in Kagoshima, you wont believe the beautiful gardens and walk trails, I spent about one and a half hours including lunch and could have easily had a longer stay and walk. The spectacular gardens, streams, bridges, water falls are breathtaking. Thankyou to the Shimadzu Family for giving us such... More

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Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This garden is beautiful, and has so many different parts to discover. We were fortunate to have time to hike up the mountain within the gardens, which I highly recommend if you don't mind a bit of exercise. The view over the city was wonderful, and the hike itself was one of my favorite activities in Japan.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Treat this garden as a working lesson on Japan's shift to a modern industrial nation - this is not an example of a sublimely beautiful Japanese garden, although it has majestic views of Sakurajima, it just has too many practical and industrial elements incorporated within to be appreciated as a typical stroll garden. And has been marred by concrete paths... More

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Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The Shimadzu Clan was very impressive in its development of industries. And, even more impressive is the garden that embraces their home site. There are all elements: waterfalls, ponds, hill paths, stone lanterns and beautifullly manicured grounds.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Sengan-en (Iso-teien) – a hilly, rambling bayside garden laid out in 1658. Even now in February, many of the trees are already in full pink display. The tiny birds poke their beaks into the blossoms. Early flowering cherry trees of the kanhizakura variety. (I looked it up!) I opted for the tour of the Shimazu-ke Villa. Lovely rooms and... More

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Honolulu
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This garden was very beautiful with lots of Japanese landscape and character. Went with tour group. From other's pic it doesn't appears that there's more to see than what we saw. We had an explanation of the Shimadzu main house and drank tea with a little manju. There's several gift shops as you exit the property. Across the street, we... More

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Cramlington, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

This place is serenity personified. We would love to jettison our current garden and lay it out in Japanese style, specifically like this one. Fair enough very few flowers in bloom as we had missed the Cherry Blossom season by days :(. Several eateries on site and also souvenir shops.

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Adelaide
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Excellent gardens and Original home. Do the tour of the house and take some tea. Great view of the water and the island. Walk around at your own pace.Well worth the visit.

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Honolulu
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215 reviews 215 reviews
67 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Garden is beautifully landscaped; historical site; built by powerful Shimazu clan who ruled the area for 700 years before the restoration; has been used in the NHK TV taiga drama Princess Atsu. They have beautiful Kagoshima cut glassware on display and for sale at a shop. Our group ate a very nice lunch in the restaurant in the garden park.

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