UNESCO World Heritage Site Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan

Sengan-en and
Shoko Shuseikan

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 a powerful feudal lord.

Sengan-en and the surrounding area was fundamentally important in the modernization of Japan. It was here that Western industrial technology was introduced to Japan, studied and used in the creation of modern factories.

Shoko Shuseikan is a museum set in a 150 year old stone building originally used as a machine factory.

Learn about the 700 year history and culture of the Shimadzu family, and the first steps towards the industrialization of Japan.

In July, 2015 Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan were recognized as World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.
Opening times 8:30〜17:30 (All year round)
Entrance fee Entrance fee
Entrance fee+Guided tour of the house Adult¥1600/Child(7-15)¥800
Address 9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima City,
Japan 892-0871
TEL (0081)099-247-1551

Guided tour of the house

A guide wearing a kimono will introduce you to the lifestyle of a feudal lord. The house was used as a second residence by successive generations of the Shimadzu family. Enjoy the distinctive features of traditional Japanese architecture and view the private inner garden. At the end of the tour enjoy matcha green tea and Japanese confectionery in the style of the tea ceremony.

*The tour will be conducted in Japanese, but guidebooks in English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and Korean will be provided at the start of the tour.

Entrance fee
20 minutes, ¥600, includes tea ceremony experience
(Please buy a ticket including the house tour from the ticket machine at the garden entrance)
  • Inside the house
    (hallway and lanterns)
  • Guided tour of the house
  • Matcha green tea to conclude the tour

Satsuma Kiriko workshop tour and
gallery shop

Located next to Sengan-en is Satsuma Kiriko cut glass workshop Iso Kogeikan. Satsuma Kiriko is a style of cut glass developed here at Iso around 150 years ago.

Colored glass is layered on top of clear glass and carefully cut away to create a delicately gradated sparkling finish. Watch skilled craftsmen at work in the workshop and admire the finished product in the adjoining shop.

Workshop opening times
8:30〜17:00 Closed on Mondays and the third Sunday of the month.
(If Monday is a national holiday the workshop will be open, but the following Tuesday and the fourth Sunday of the month will be taken as holiday)