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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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A MUST SEE tourist attraction in Kagoshima -

Seagan-en Garden & Museum is one of the MUST SEE tourist attractions in Kagoshima. The gardens are located a little outside of town, but have a stop of the CITY VIEW Bus tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Waterloo, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Seagan-en Garden & Museum is one of the MUST SEE tourist attractions in Kagoshima. The gardens are located a little outside of town, but have a stop of the CITY VIEW Bus tour. Hence easily reachable. From there you have great views of Sakurajima (volcano) and Kinko Bay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of short walks through forest, rocks over streams and footpath to many buildings. Souvenir shops, small restaurants and toilets, all immaculate. Entrance fee 1000 yen. This includes a small but interesting museum just opposite the gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't-miss location: Kagoshima was THE easiest coastal city we visited. Downtown, hop on the bus just for tourists; stops at all major attractions for under $10 per person. Bring kids to beautiful Sengan-en Garden for outstanding hikes - wonderful trail to a waterfall at the top which you can see if you are not on a cruise tour! Koi ponds,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was of the highlights of our visit in Kagoshima. Very well preserved, Japanese gardens with beautiful trees and flowers. We went there during lunch time and it was very hot, almost annoying walking around with so much heat. The gardens provide fans at the entrance and you can take with you while walking around. That was a relieve along... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

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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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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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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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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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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