Sengan-en, Kagoshima

Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Historic Site
Take a relaxing stroll through Sengan-en, a scenic Japanese-style garden that forms part of a World Heritage Site. Built in 1658 as a private residence for the Shimazu Clan, the gardens are renowned for offering postcard-like views of the majestic Mt. Sakurajima in the background. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere as you roam the luscious landscape, sprinkled with ponds, picturesque stone bridges, bamboo groves, and an array of seasonal trees and plants. For an additional fee, you can take a short tour of the Iso villa, reconstructed in the 19th century. Plan to visit Sengan-en and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kagoshima attractions using our Kagoshima trip itinerary planning app.
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  • We’ve seen many homes and gardens in Japan and Senganen was one of the most impressive. The house is not just historic it is gorgeous. The staff are helpful (some English spoken) and clearly proud to....  more »
  • Huge garden with the residence houses facing the volcano in Sakurajima. Enjoyed the walk round the gardens n the great view of the volcano. There are also some shops selling souvenirs as well as some....  more »
  • It is a park that consists of various gardens. You will enter through the commercial part however the further you go you will go along paths that will take you on a magical adventure, landscapes...  more »
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  • One of the best days out on our holiday. Immersed in unfamiliar and fascinating culture, flora and fauna - 4 hours passed yet didn't seem to fly by. A must if your nearby.
  • Can get a very nice view of Sakurajima. Please be wary that in case of eruption, dust and sulphur can fall over till here (the park) sometimes, so please carry an umbrella. The park is very beautiful, with informative interior tours of the residence at this garden.
  • The staff was friendly and attentive. Good was tasty and reasonably priced. The view is just phenomenal. What a nice way to enjoy a meal after a few hours of your.
  • Lovely historic place with lots to see and learn. The old ancient home is well worth the visit too! The shops are fun to check out too as they feature all the old brands which were present during the olden days.
  • Nice scene. In the morning, Sakurajima was half visible because of the volcanic ash. A couple hours from then, the volcano was clearly seen from the master's study room. A rare experience protecting my digital camera from the volcanic ash by covering a towel on it. A small towel would be very useful when visiting this city.

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