The Sengan-en Hina Matsuri, or Girls' Day Festival beings on February 16th and continues until April 25th. A collection of Hina dolls and their intricately detailed accessories will be on display at the Shoko Shuseikan Museum Annex.
Make your own original badge as a memory of your visit to Sengan-en. Choose from several original designs with motifs like Satsuma Kiriko and the cross in a circle crest of the Shimadzu family.
Find out about the history of incense with researcher Iwakawa Takuo and then make your very own scented sachet.
Gogatsu-nobori are a Shimadzu family tradition celebrating the boy's day festival that stretches back generations. Seven huge poles are erected in the garden and adorned with streamers decorated with climbing dragons and the crests of the Shimadzu family.
This special limited-edition plan features not only the chance to wear samurai armour and have pictures taken to celebrate Tango no Sekku (Boy’s Day Festival), but also a delicious lunch in our Ohkatei Restaurant.
This panel display will highlight some of the key moments in the life of Shimadzu Yoshihiro in celebration of 400 years since his death.
Dai Hanya is a dancing festival where groups from all over Japan gather in Kagoshima to show off their own original dance moves. This is the first time that the Hanya Festival will be held at Sengan-en.
Join us to celebrate the beginning of the Reiwa Era with performances of taiko drumming, calligraphy, and a demonstration of matchlock rifles!
This lecture by Chitoshi Matsuo, head curator of the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, will explain the relationship between the Shimadzu family and the Imperial Household. The lecture will be in Japanese only.
2019 marks 400 years since the passing of Shimadzu Yoshihiro, 17th head of the Shimadzu family and one of the most skilled generals of the Sengoku period. Called “Demon Shimadzu” for his daring victories on the battlefield against vastly larger forces, Yoshihiro is still revered today as the epitome of Satsuma samurai chivalry and honour.
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.
In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Death of Shimadzu Yoshihiro, a performance of Oda Taiko Odori will be held in the lower garden at Sengan-en.