Summer in Kagoshima brings the heat to Sengan-en, but blue skies, summer irises, morning glories and many other cultural events make it a must visit. Enjoy the cooling features of the gardens and finish off with a sweet ice cream treat in the Matcha Café.
Stunning views, calming gardens
Find tranquillity in the land of fire
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.
Follow in the footsteps of the influential Shimadzu family
Visit 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 is built using flawless Yakushima cedar cut from trees over 1,000 years old, and features a fascinating mix of Japanese, Chinese, and Western influences, showing the truly international nature of the Shimadzu clan.
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.
Watch master craftsmen blow and cut Satsuma Kiriko crystal glass right before your eyes, then marvel at the pinnacle of Kagoshima’s traditional craftsmanship at the gallery shop next door. See each stage of the production of this unique glass, and be amazed at the skill and concentration of the craftsmen who make it.
Marvel at one of the world's most active volcanoes, only four kilometres across Kinko Bay. Framed by the stunning traditional gardens, this smouldering monument to the power of nature was the main reason for Sengan-en being built in this location by Shimadzu Mitsuhisa in 1658.
Whether a first-time visitor or a seasoned veteran, there is always something new to discover at Sengan-en. Take a look at our recommended courses.