House Closed Tuesday, December 28th
The house will be closed to the public on Tuesday, December 28th for maintenance. The gardens and all other areas will be open as normal. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Lose yourself and find tranquility
at the home of the Shimadzu family

Stately home and gardens of the Shimadzu family

Sengan-en is a traditional garden and stately home built by the 19th head of the Shimadzu family, Mitsuhisa, in 1658. Sengan-en uses the principle of "borrowed scenery", and incorporates the background elements of active volcano Sakurajima and Kinko Bay as part of the gardens.

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Highlights of Sengan-en

The House

The House

Take a stroll around the house lived in and loved by generations of the Shimadzu family, and enjoy the private view over the gardens, Kinko Bay, and Sakurajima beyond. The house features a fascinating mix of Japanese, Chinese and Western influences, and is built from flawless 1,000-year-old Yakushima cedar.

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The Gardens

The Gardens

Delight in the contrast between the raw power of active volcano Sakurajima and the 12 acres of calming traditional gardens. Discover peaceful ponds, bubbling streams, mysterious shrines, tea rooms, a bamboo grove, and a mountain hiking trail with a breathtaking panoramic view of the bay and volcano beyond.

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Site of the Reverberatory Furnace

Site of the Reverberatory Furnace

Learn about the birth of modernisation in Japan at the remains of the reverberatory furnace. This region was home to the first modern factory complex in Japan in the late 19th century, and led to the wider development of industrialisation across the country.

Shoko Shuseikan Museum

Shoko Shuseikan Museum

Follow the course of the Shimadzu family over 800 years, and see how the international relations they forged led to the development of industrialisation in modern Japan. The Shoko Shuseikan Museum is housed in the oldest stone factory building in Japan, built in 1865 by pioneering lord Shimadzu Nariakira.

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Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks

Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks

Watch master craftsmen blow and cut Satsuma Kiriko crystal glass right before your eyes at the Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks, then marvel at the pinnacle of Kagoshima’s traditional craftsmanship at the gallery shop next door.

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News and Events

13 Dec
07 Jan

New Year's Decorations

Traditional "kadomatsu" decorations to welcome the New Year

29 Dec
06 Jan

Sengan-en Winter Peonies

Enjoy beautiful winter flowers in straw houses that protect against the cold and snow

01 Jan
06 Jan

Traditional Food of the Shimadzu Family

Enjoy a traditional meal passed down in the Shimadzu family for hundreds of years.

01 Jan
03 Jan

Free Entry Wearing Kimono 2019

Free Entry Wearing Kimono 2019

Places to eat at Sengan-en

Enjoy a wide selection of Kagoshima cuisine at our restaurants, relax with local teas and sweets at our cafe, or have a bite of our famous snack, jambo mochi. Whatever your appetite, you’ll find plenty to choose from at Sengan-en, all with stunning views of active volcano Sakurajima.

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Sengan-en shops

Discover a carefully selected range of exclusive Kagoshima products in our gift shops. From local craft products and sweets to famous brands with a historical connection to the 800-year-old Shimadzu family, all of our products reflect the exceptional quality of Sengan-en.

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Yearly Events

Winter

29 Dec
06 Jan

Sengan-en Winter Peonies

Enjoy beautiful winter flowers in straw houses that protect against the cold and snow

01 Jan
06 Jan

Traditional Food of the Shimadzu Family

Enjoy a traditional meal passed down in the Shimadzu family for hundreds of years.

01 Jan
03 Jan

Free Entry Wearing Kimono 2019

Free Entry Wearing Kimono 2019

01 Jan
02 Jan

New Year's Mochi-Tsuki

Join in with traditional New Year's celebrations at Sengan-en and try handmade mochi rice cakes.

03 Jan

New Year's Falconry

Watch a spectacular performance of traditional New Year's Falconry in the lower garden.