UNESCO World Heritage Site Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan

Sengan-en and
Shoko Shuseikan

Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and stately home in Kagoshima, Japan, 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
Adult ¥1000 /Child(7-15)¥500
Entrance fee+The House
Adult ¥1300 /Child(7-15)¥650
Address 9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima City,
Japan 892-0871
TEL (0081)099-247-1551

The House

Take a stroll around the house lived in and loved by generations of the Shimadzu family. See how Prince Shimadzu Tadayoshi lived at the end of the 19th century, and learn how important dignitaries were welcomed at Sengan-en. Enjoy the distinctive features of traditional Japanese architecture and view the private inner garden which were seen by visiting overseas royalty such as Edward VIII of the UK and Nicholas II of Russia.

Entrance fee
Approx 20 minutes, ¥300
(Please buy a ticket including house entrance from the ticket machine at the garden entrance)
  • Hallway and lanterns
  • Viewing the inner garden
  • Rooms used by the prince

Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks

Located next to Sengan-en is the Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks. Satsuma Kiriko is a style of cut crystal glass developed here in Kagoshima at the Iso area around 150 years ago.

Coloured glass is layered on top of clear glass and carefully cut away to create a delicately gradated sparkling finish. All of our products are hand made to the highest standard. 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)