Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, Minamikyushu

3.8
#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Minamikyushu
Wander around Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, a picturesque manicured environment preserved for over 250 years. Explore what lies behind high, hedge-topped walls, a hidden world steeped in history, unblemished by modern day scenes. Made up of seven gardens, each was designed by gardeners brought in specially from Kyoto in the 17th century, with the intention of the garden being viewed from the houses above. Sadly, this cannot be done, as the houses are still occupied, but you still have the freedom to explore each of the seven individual gardens in your own time, viewing intricately pruned trees and shrubs, and the ancient defensive walls. Work out when and for how long to visit Chiran Samurai Residence Garden and other Minamikyushu attractions using our handy Minamikyushu trip itinerary maker tool .
Create an itinerary including Chiran Samurai Residence Garden
map
Chiran Samurai Residence Garden Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
283 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • The "Chiran Samurai Residence Garden" is a set of Samurai houses located south of Kagoshima. Each House has a small garden, the opportunity to make pretty pictures. A very nice place still unknown to tourists, making pleasant visits.
    View original
  • We were on an organised trip with a guide and after a short walk from the bus car park we visited a number of gardens and houses that belonged to old Samurai families. The background and history surro...  more »
  • This area used to be residents for Samuri but now regular people live here. Some are kind enough to open their gardens to the public. The gardens aren’t overly large, but the high hedges, trimmed to r...  more »
Google
  • It is an average experience because it wasn't exactly a "guarded" or enclosed place of interest. The ticket was actually a brochure that I paid for at the car park when I parked my vehicle. The brochure/ticket was a seperate cost from my parking fee. The residence was a little disappointing because the garden was well maintained and it looked dull. The residence were closed so nobody could enter to see anything. There were no exhibits or sumurai artifacts to show that it was their residence. Also there weren't any visitor information board to read about what we were looking or where we were unless you had a guide. Even so there wasn't any guides for hire as it was ran by the community. We sneakily followed a Japanese tour group and eavesdrop on the tour guides' speech. My wife knows a little Japanese.
  • Wonderfup place to visit! I enjoyed these beautifup Samurai house gardens. Its only 500yen. I love that some people still have house and live there also. Im jellous...
  • Impressing samurai resident. Concentrated in one narrow street. Such kind of gardens hard to see in other samurai colony
  • “Noble Samurai Houses & Gardens” The samurais have a reputation of being calm and in a zen like state and it's no wonder with these beautiful gardens and houses they lived in they are so peaceful and so well groomed, from the moment you walk into these gardens there's and feeling of nostalgia and nobility, I wish that I could have a small replica garden like these (food for thought).
  • Beautiful and serene. Unspoiled by busloads of tourist
Places to stay near Chiran Samurai Residence Garden

Plan your trip to Minamikyushu

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden by other users

19 days in Kyushu-Okinawa BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, culture, romantic, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Kagoshima BY A USER FROM MYANMAR October, teens, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Kagoshima Prefecture BY A USER FROM HONG KONG August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 25 days in Japan, Seattle & Hong Kong BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SPAIN April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Kagoshima BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans