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.

New Year's Decorations

Traditional "kadomatsu" decorations to welcome the New Year

New Year is one of the biggest annual events in Japan, and visitors to Japan will often see decorations made of green bamboo and pine leaves at the entrances to houses. These decorations are called “kadomatsu”, and are used to show the God of New Year which houses to visit and bring good fortune to.

At Sengan-en the kadomatsu are built according to a method passed down for generations in the Shimadzu family, and stand at almost three meters tall!

Our garden staff will spend about 4 hours putting the decorations together and they will be on display into the New Year.

New Year's Decorations
Thursday, December 13th 2018 - Monday, January 7th 2019
Entrance to Sengan-en