Sengan-en Garden, Kagoshima

Take a relaxing stroll through Sengan-en Garden, 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 Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kagoshima attractions using our Kagoshima trip itinerary planning app .
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  • Used as a shore garden, Kagoshima City is is, now return to the Shimazu family management, improve restaurants and souvenir shop in the park buildings are like new and very helpful.
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  • Satsuma feudal Lord Shimazu family's House, it seems. Said that in the early Edo period built by Shimazu Hisamitsu. And Kinko Bay, blue ocean was a sunny winter day and fortunately was able to enjoy the views of the towering behind cherry island. Shinobu reverberatory furnace after the hydro power dam ruins, such as the Shimazu family enterprising Buri. Admission is 300 yen. Includes admission Pavilion is located, payment by credit card.
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  • It is convenient to take cityview in front of Xian Yan Park. On the shore is the Cherry Island volcano, coupled with the clear sky, pruning the whole of the flowers and plants, the environment is very beautiful. The garden is not big, walk slowly, suitable for a family comfortable to play. Inside there is also a letter shop, tea treatment, such as hungry can also sit down to rest, eat tea points.
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  • It's a nice walk in the garden and although it has a rich history, the toilets are very nice and new (that's important too right?). The kids didn't enjoy it so much here but they do have an activity for them where they can collect stamps at different locations (we asked the lady who gave us the activity sheet to point out on the map where the stamps were!) and then exchange it for a small souvenir.
  • Lovely and relaxing gardens to walk around, even in winter. There are excellent portrait spots within nature. Stop for lunch or a cup of tea. Souvenirs are available here.
  • Budget about 3-4 hours to see everything here, it is absolutely breathtaking. Gardens are kept immaculate, in addition there is a museum detailing the history and timeline of the renaissance to industrial period of Kyushu's evolution. You really can experience a snapshot of what it was like to live in this time period as a Japanese feudal lord. There are very scenic views of Kagoshima bay and unimpeded views of Sukurajima. Price to visit everything is currently ¥1300
  • A truly wonderful place. For my needs - Kagoshima's no.1 place. Great views of Sakurajima, together with all the flowers - simply fantastic. Also the house is really worth visiting. Many shops and restaurants within the garden. You can wander for several hours there, but maybe 2 hours should be enough for seeing most important things. ¥1000 for the garden + museum ticket; adding ¥300 you can visit the house as well (for me it was worth it). Highly recommended!!
  • Beautiful place. Perfect getaway for a family vacation. Easy to reach by city bus, that conveniently passes all the historical sights on the way to Senganen.
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