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Senganen Garden

9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture 892-0871 , Japan
+81 99-247-1551
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Ranked #2 of 52 attractions in Kagoshima
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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Honolulu
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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32 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Somerset
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Another excellent garden I Japan. Plenty to see and walk around with good views of Sakajima Island on one side and the hills behind. Yen 1000 entry fee without going around the house (add another Yen 500). Last entry is around 4.00 (maybe a little later) so ensure you arrive in plenty of time. If adventurous try the famous sweet... More

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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Delightful environment and exceptional giftshop displaying some super high quality glass and ceramics. It's worth taking a bit of time over it all ( half day) and doing a thorough walk through the gardens.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The gardens are beautiful and well maintained but the surrounding souvenir shops ruin the "old Japan" experience. They sell everything from tea (which is fine) to crystal vases (why?). The sensor activated doors do little to help maintain the samurai era atmosphere. The entrance fee is a bit steep.

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Maurepas, France
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I have loved visiting the whole place, with our guide, it was really so pleasant ; then we have had the traditional Tea Ceremony, very Japanese ceremony !

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Moorpark, California
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39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This garden is such a beautiful garden! For nature lovers, I think you need at least 2 hours to really enjoy this garden. Good place to go for a leisurely stroll! This garden is a good way to see a Japanese-style garden. My husband and I, and our 12-year old son really enjoyed it and wished that we had more... More

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Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This traditional Japanese garden at the outskirts of Kagoshima is a real must. Great views towards Sakurajima as well.

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