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“Beautiful & quiet” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Senganen Garden

Senganen Garden
9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima 892-0871 , Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-247-1551
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Ranked #2 of 57 Attractions in Kagoshima
4.5 of 5 stars 288 Reviews
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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful & quiet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We went on a quiet day - very tranquil and so beautiful.

Look out for the little red crabs hiding in the rocks by the pool

Visited October 2012
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South Pasadena, California
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“Classic Japanese Garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Well manicured gardens created for the pleasure of the Shimazu ruling family of Satsuma (old Kagoshima). You can recognize scenes from the Japanese docudrama "Atsuhime".

Views of Mt Sakurajima across the Kinko Bay as a backdrop to your photos are incredible.

For foodies, try the toasted rice dumplings "shinko dango or jambo mochi" on bamboo skewers. It's sweet and savory. I can eat a whole plate by myself. mmmmm

Visited July 2012
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“Very cool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

There are some absolutely stunning gardens here, as well as trails up a wooded hillside. Lots of nice water features. Sakurajima is supposed to be part of the scenery, the gardens were laid out with the bay and the volcano in mind, but it was very cloudy the day we went, so we didn't get the landscaper's intended experience! We could barely see the water, and couldn't see Sakurajima at all. There is a "residence" in the garden that you can tour for an extra 500 yen, but part of that was sipping maccha at the end...I don't like maccha and have been in my share of edo jidai houses, so we passed. The museum that's included in garden admission is small, but worthwhile. The artifacts aren't exceptional, but the story told by the museum (counterclockwise from the entrance) through the labels and storyboards is well worth the visit.

Visited May 2013
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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“Nice place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

It's a nice place to visit in Kagoshima. Garden is very pretty including Sakurajima scenery. However, since they hardly have cherry trees, March was not a good month to visit. They were cleaning the garden to get ready for the golden week which is from ending of April to beginning of May. April to October should be more colorful and pretty.

We enjoyed small museums adjacent to this garden.

Visited March 2013
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“Peaceful place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Go here and feel the tranqulity of a Japanese garden, and also have a great view across the bay to Sakurajima. Sometimes you may see the tea ceremony done here or hear traditional musicians at play. Nearby are also museums showing the influence from the West when they introduced some technology and engineering. Great area to spend time and relax.

Visited May 2012
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