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Senganen Garden

Address: 9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture 892-0871 , Japan
Phone Number: +81 99-247-1551
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Ranked #2 of 57 Attractions in Kagoshima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I could know the extraordinary history of shimadzu family by visiting the place. A guided tour to see inside of the villa was great. The villa is excellent of taste, and we are served green tea and wagashi. It was a great experience, and I want to visit the place again someday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Decided to get out of city tour view bus at this station as it was looking pretty interesting. Staff at the counter was extremally happy to help. Gardens.. they are just beautiful. Amazing place to have a walk around. Everything looks so nice and tidy around. There are some little restaurants and souvenir shops where you can try a sample... More

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Tokyo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The grounds are nice but not spectacular, but I found the museum's explanations about the history of the Shimazu family and how instrumental they had been in introducing and developing Western technology in Japan during the Meiji Period very interesting. There are regular guided tours of the interior of the residence, but we did not partake. There is a nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It is worth a visit.Satsuma clan annex are built along sea shore with japanese style garden,samurai houses and no matter what people say overviewing Mt.Sakurazima.adding a taste is having 'iambomochi',yammy. Furthermore is hitorical place for the first furnace io japan and so on.Kagoshima natives are proud of this garden

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Shimazu residence and its gardens are, as expected in Japan, kept simple and neat. Although the visit of the residence is in Japanese only, there is a leaflet in English and the guide will surely help you out. There's even a little surprise at the end. Special thanks to the gentleman welcoming guests at the entrance and all his... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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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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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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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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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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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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