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Sengan-en Garden

9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-247-1551
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Not to be missed

We were late arriving at the garden but although we did rush it,it is not to be missed. The views... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
Anne A
Manchester, United Kingdom
Garden with the best Sakurajima view

The great garden of the city lord, with a nice view of Sakurajima. The garden is quite big with a... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Linda L
via mobile
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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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9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-247-1551
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

We were late arriving at the garden but although we did rush it,it is not to be missed. The views of Sukurajima are fantastic with gingo bay. I knew before I went that the garden borrowed the view but I had no idea how spectacular...More

Thank Anne A
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

The great garden of the city lord, with a nice view of Sakurajima. The garden is quite big with a 400 meters mountain trail, which has a great and clear view of the famous volcano mountain. The garden is about a 40 mins bus drive...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 5 May 2017

This park is good place to understand how Lords of Shimazu Clan lived and how they prepared for The Meiji restoration, years of political change. They tried to catch up with developed nations by building various factories and iron mills. You can also see the...More

Thank ming-pong
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Sengaen garden is a big n beautifully designed garden. U can see typical Japanese style structure. From there u can also overlook the great volcano Sakurajima. A few eateries there. One is serving the famous Satsuma chicken. The cityview bus has a stop there, but...More

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice view on the Sakurajima volcano. The stroll through the gardens (quite diverse) is really beautiful.

Thank charlesb-paris
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

The garden was very peaceful and beautiful. It took me a while to see everything as its beauty caught my eyes I could do nothing but take it nice and slow. It felt quite romantic and the food there I could not have enough of.

Thank Matt E
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Located outside the city, in a nice area with great view on Sakurajima. The garden is lovely, you can take a walk for around 30 minutes and also visit the main house including tea ceremony. There are some restaurants and souvenir shops. There is also...More

Thank TandTSwitzerland
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

1) Different spots for photo sessions and sightseeing. You can view the Sakurajima from here. 2) If you're hungry, don't worry. There're 3 restaurants in the garden, which serve Japanese cuisine. We tried the satsuma ramen and it's good. For snacks lover, you can find...More

Thank Haylee6006
Reviewed 9 April 2017

If you are in Kagoshima make sure to visit this old former estate with beautiful Japanese gardens. We were there in early spring and the trees were just beginning their blossoms -- really beautiful. In addition to the gardens there are a number of interesting...More

Thank foulaman
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Very varied with plenty of blossom of various types despite it not quite being Sakura time. Peaceful despite the other visitors. Lots to explore. It starts out as a museum to some captain of industry with outdoor relics and the opportunity to try a martial...More

Thank Lianne H
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