House opening hours
The house will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, December 18th.

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 in Kagoshima 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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Kagoshima World Heritage Orientation Centre

Kagoshima World Heritage Orientation Centre

Find out why Kagoshima was among the first regions of Japan to modernise in the late 19th century, and the reason why Nariakira chose to build a factory complex next to Sengan-en at the Kagoshima World Cultural Heritage Orientation Centre.

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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. Kagoshima 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.

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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

29 Dec
05 Jan

Sengan-en Winter Peonies

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

13 Dec
07 Jan

New Year's Decorations

Traditional kadomatsu decorations to welcome the New Year on display outside Sengan-en

01 Jan
05 Jan

Traditional New Year Food of the Shimadzu Family

Enjoy a traditional New Year meal using recipes passed down in the Shimadzu family for generations.

01 Jan
03 Jan

Free Entry Wearing Kimono 2020

Spend New Year in traditional Japanese style and wear a kimono to get entry to Sengan-en free between January 1st-3rd

traditional Kagoshima food Ohkatei Restaurant

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.

Satsuma Kiriko crystal glass red

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.

Yearly Events

Winter

13 Dec
07 Jan

New Year's Decorations

Traditional kadomatsu decorations to welcome the New Year on display outside Sengan-en

29 Dec
05 Jan

Sengan-en Winter Peonies

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

01 Jan
05 Jan

New Year at Sengan-en

Experience the New Year in traditional Japanese style at Sengan-en, and discover the unique culture and customs of the Kagoshima region.

01 Jan
03 Jan

Free Entry Wearing Kimono 2020

Spend New Year in traditional Japanese style and wear a kimono to get entry to Sengan-en free between January 1st-3rd

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 and Kagoshima shochu.

01 Jan
03 Jan

New Year Shrine Visit and Spiritual Tour

Learn how to pray at a Shinto shrine then take a tour of the spiritual side of Sengan-en for a fresh start to the New Year.

01 Jan
05 Jan

Traditional New Year Food of the Shimadzu Family

Enjoy a traditional New Year meal using recipes passed down in the Shimadzu family for generations.

02 Jan

Noda-go Shimadzu Taiko Performance

Enjoy a powerful performance of taiko drumming from Noda-go Shimadzu Taiko. Feel the echo of the drums around the garden against the impressive backdrop of active volcano Sakurajima.

03 Jan

New Year's Falconry

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

Awards and Recognition