A garden loved by the feudal lords and ladies of the daimyo.

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Japanese Gardens

Sengan-en is a Japanese garden made for the Shimadzu family estate by Mitsuhisa Shimadzu in 1658. The grounds boast a sprawling 50,000 square meters in total.
The garden itself uses the “borrowed scenery” technique, incorporating Kagoshima’s coveted spots like the volcano Sakurajima and Kinko Bay as a natural backdrop. Chinese influences are dotted across the garden, nodding at the Shimadzu Family’s international influence and trade via the Ryukyu Kingdom.

The palace inside the garden was once used as a guest house for esteemed guests visiting from in and outside Japan.
The palace is now available for tours. Inside you’ll find luxe decorations and a breathtaking view as the volcano Sakurajima looms outside. A visit here will offer a glimpse into a way of life from a bygone age.

Sengan-en holds a number of experiential Japanese culture events, including a chance to try on authentic Japanese armor (Fare applies. Advanced Reservation Required).
On the grounds you’ll also find the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, a showcase of over 800 years of Shimadzu Family’s historic culture, National Important Cultural Properties, and a number of assets that together designate this destination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
  • Step into the palace for a taste of life as a feudal lord or lady.
  • Japanese garden set against with the marvel of Sakurajima and other breathtaking Kagoshima backdrops.
  • Chance to try on authentic Japanese armor.
  • Shopping and refreshment available within the gardens.



  • Sengan-en and Sakurajima
  • Sengan-en
  • The Palace
  • The Palace
  • Take a commemorative photo while donning Japanese armor.
  • Shoko Shuseikan Museum


  • Jamie Wang


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Name in Japanese
Postal Code
9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
No holidays (The first Sunday of March will be closed because of Kagoshima Marathon.)
Business Hours
Adults (high school students and up): 1,500 yen, Elementary/Middle School-Aged Students: 750 yen.
※Ticket price if you’re not entering the place: Adults (high school students and up): 1,000 yen, Elementary/Middle School-Aged Students: 500 yen.
(1) approx. 50 min. ride to the “Sengan-en-mae” stop on the “Kagoshima City View” loop line, available from Kagoshima-Chuo Station on the JR Kyushu Shinkansen.
(2) approx. 20 min. drive from Kagoshima-Chuo Station on the JR Kyushu Shinkansen.
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Official Website (English)