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Sengan-en Garden

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Address: 9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871 , Kagoshima Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 99-247-1551
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and stately home that has been...

Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and stately home that has been passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. The garden boasts spectacular views of active volcano Sakurajima, and the house provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of a powerful feudal lord. Sengan-en and the surrounding area was fundamentally important in the modernization of Japan. It was here that Western industrial technology was introduced to Japan, studied and used in the creation of modern factories. Shoko Shuseikan is a museum set in a 150 year old stone building originally used as a machine factory. Learn about the 700 year history and culture of the Shimadzu family, and the first steps towards the industrialization of Japan. In July, 2015 Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan were recognized as World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution.

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Being quite large, garden offers many different views. You can also climb up the hill (15-20 min) and if weather is good, enjoy Sakurajima's wonderful profile.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being quite large, garden offers many different views. You can also climb up the hill (15-20 min) and if weather is good, enjoy Sakurajima's wonderful profile.

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Thank elinast2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

This is now my third time visiting the Senganen Gardens of Kagoshima. The beautiful landscape, and history of the gardens is truly magical. English translations are availabe for maNY of the exhibits, and do not miss the Residense tour.

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Thank Stonewallgreyfox
Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Went to visit the large garden of Senganen in Kagoshima on the East coast of southern Kyushu in May 2016. The park faces the active volcano, Sakurajima on the island just off the coast. The garden is very old and has beautiful rock work, streams and small ponds. This is the most southern major Japanese garden on the main islands... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Senganen is a nice place both for history lovers and nature lovers. Indeed, its traditional Japanese garden is historically valuable and worth to visit, and at the same time the view of Sakurajima from the garden is unforgettable. You can imagine how the life of Satuma Lord was.

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Thank Kimitaka S
Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Kagoshima is a unique place in the Japanese history. Located at the edge of southern part of Japan and far from major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, it played a significant role in industrialization of Japan with a series of great leaders. This Sengan-and Shusei-kan area is the great spot to learn it. Highly recommended to hire a English... More 

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Thank Hiro H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

A must see when in Kagoshima, the path up to the lookout is worth the climb, and gives you a good view over some of Kagoshima and the volcano.

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Thank Michael V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Superb gardens and interesting museum. But do not miss the view from the top of the footpath that leads to a couple of high terraces where one has a great view on Kagoshima and Sakurajima. Quite a hike, though.

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Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

The garden is very beautiful its worth to see it...there is a nice view to Sakurajima...its very close to kagoshima so with bus (2 child.pix are on it) takes u there i think nr 11.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

although this garden is a bit far away from city center but there's tourist bus directly stop at the front door of the garden from JR station which takes around 30-45min. The garden is a bit walk and you can even hike to the mountain. Don't miss the royal garden which has beautiful layout and great view to sakurajima. And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

The friendly greeting by staff to this beautiful garden would encourage anyone to return. It's setting opposite Sakurajima Volcano is quite unique & despite being on the nearby island dominates the view. This Japanese garden is full of surprising groupings, stone, statuary & topiary in various forms. Only wish we'd had more time to take the hill walk, so leave... More 

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