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Address: 9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871 , Kagoshima Prefecture
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Phone Number: +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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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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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Kawasaki, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Keizo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Al W
Vancouver, Canada
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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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Hong Kong
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

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.

Thank Otto B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

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.

Thank John E
San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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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