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Sengan-en Garden

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Address: 9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871 , Kagoshima Prefecture
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+81 99-247-1551
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

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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Beautiful garden and a scene of history

once you get away from the entrance this garden opens up to it's full beauty and you see why the rulers of the day made it and lived there. Take the time to walk to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 9, 2017
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a nicely maintained garden, which explains the pricey admission rates. If you make the trip there, You have to do the residence tour. It is interesting and informative. The garden promises photo opportunities especially in the right season. Hopefully you manage to avoid the crowds and take a peaceful stroll around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

once you get away from the entrance this garden opens up to it's full beauty and you see why the rulers of the day made it and lived there. Take the time to walk to the boundaries of the garden and you will be rewarded with some spectacular views

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Sengan-en garden, built by the Shimazu clan, is a pleasant spot for a stroll. We skipped the residence as it required a separate admission in addition to the already steep 1000 yen ticket. While the garden area was nothing special compared to some of the other famous Japanese gardens, the bamboo forest and some of the pavilions were very picturesque.... More 

Thank thelonious22
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Paid some more to go to the 主殿. You can have a taste of the matcha and the little cake. Unfortunately, there is no audio guide in English and Chinese, but merely enjoying the view is enjoyable enough. If you have watched the drama 篤姬,you can certainly recall the filming scenes in the movie :)

Thank Karen N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

It was such a nice place to visit. Cost 1000yen for 1 person tour of the grounds and museum. So picturesque and calming. Make sure to complete the hike at the top of the route to see the most magnificent view of the bay and volcano. Took around half hr one way. The museums were also interesting.

Thank Jane_F0093
Kawasaki, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

US$16 visiting a house and gardens is too expensive though it includes a sweet and Maccha. You can enjoy the same great view of Sakurajima near the place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

This garden exceeded my expectations. Spectacular view out to the volcano and a great hike is available if you're of medium + fitness. You can wander around as long as you like, and even feed the koi carp. I recommend going early as it's popular with groups, even Japanese tour groups! A great way to see the city and get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This Japanese garden is so beautiful and peaceful. It is worth strolling in the garden, and then hike on top of the hill for amazing views. (entry: 1000 yens if you don't visit the residence) The Gardens are easy to access by taking the city view bus #4 from the Kagoshima train station. It is 190 yens per person each... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

A world cultural heritage japanese garden. used to be a shimazu residence overlooking sakurajima. there is also short path up the hill. try to visit late afternoon sunset view of sakurajima is amazing. must also try the mochi.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

When we visited the garden on the late September, the sun is still very hot. garden is nice, but it's expensive (2000yen/person). Parking is at 300 yen. There are some restaurants inside with a nice view to the sakurajima, it's one of the best place to spend the hot afternoon at the garden.

Thank Steingate
Alex B, マネージャー at Sengan-en Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry that you found it to be hot in the garden. We do provide mist machines to try and reduce the temperature, and all of our indoor areas are air conditioned. Kagoshima is a tropical climate so we can only do so much to lower the temperature. The entrance fee to the gardens is actually... More 

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