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Sengan-en Entrance Ticket
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Sengan-en Entrance Ticket
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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...more
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9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 99-247-1551
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All reviews great view tea ceremony sweet potato main gate cut glass water features wander around avoid the crowds clear view restaurants and souvenir shops relaxing stroll guided tour sakurajima volcano take your time city view japanese style early spring
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been in different Japanese garden. This one is unique because the garden is facing ocean and Sakurajima.

Thank catchau
Reviewed 28 August 2018

When I visited, it was rainy and wasn't good to take a look slowly. And the view of Sakurajima was just okay. I think it's nice to visit for 2~4 hours during sunny day.

Thank JH L
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

This is a must see location in Kagoshima, it is a heritage reservation, a really beautiful garden and house where the lord of the province used to live. It has a great view of Sakurajima, and a lot of feng shui settings in the garden....More

Thank yeungali
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Pretty Japanese garden with lots of greenery for a relaxing stroll. Also a good view of the active volcano from the garden. The place is quite big, so there is some walking to do.

2  Thank YYLoong
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

A nice place to spend half day there. Good for photo taking and a short visit to the Iso Residence is a must.

Thank Derekmou
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Easily accessible by city bus from Kagoshima, this is a worthwhile destination for the beautiful gardens, the history and the lovely shops and tea room.

Thank Scott T
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

One of the major sites in Kagoshima, the garden is mapped out nicely with a nice order and the upkeep is very good. There is a glass museum/shop next door. Inside the garden, you have numerous opportunities for shopping all kinds of Japanese trinkets.

Thank semanticvision
Reviewed 14 July 2018

A group of us were traveling to Kagoshima on business and our local friends gave us a tour of local places. This old samurai 'palace' garden was beautiful and the displays were interesting. There were many English translations from which I learned several new facts...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018

It was pouring down most of our visit here but well worth it the gardens were very well looked after. We watched a team of 3 workers slowly trim a tree a sprig at a time, in the rain. There are several features to the...More

1  Thank grumpee-58
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Walking around you get a great feeling of ancient life as a royal... the grounds are well marked out. Make sure you go around back up the very old stone stairs..

1  Thank WatsonFamilyHK
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Sharon Z
19 June 2018|
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Response from Tanja S | Reviewed this property |
HI there, sorry for my late reply. It's about 30+ min from cruise terminal, if I remember well.