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Rich cultural heritage and unforgettable experiences
Enjoy events in each season at Sengan-en against the backdrop of active volcano Sakurajima. Experience the rich cultural heritage of Kagoshima, and the traditions of the 800-year-old Shimadzu family for an unforgettable memory of your trip to Japan.
01 Mar

Sengan-en Closed

Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan will be closed on the day of March 1st due to maintenance work being carried out in the gardens. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Hina Dolls and Accessories

February 17, 2020

The Vanishing Cherry Blossoms of Iso

February 11, 2020

Shimazu or Shimadzu?

February 1, 2020
15 Feb
26 Apr

Sengan-en Hina Matsuri

February 1, 2020

The Sengan-en Hina Matsuri, or Girls' Day Festival beings on February 15th and continues until April 26th. A collection of Hina dolls and their intricately detailed accessories will be on display at the Shoko Shuseikan Museum Annex.

29 Feb

Nagashi-bina

February 1, 2020

Wash away bad luck in this ancient festival dating back to the "Tale of Genji"

05 Apr

Kyokusui-no-en

February 1, 2020

Slip back in time and experience a traditional poetry recital held by a winding stream. Kyokusui-no-en is a major event at Sengan-en and is held once a year.

25 Apr
06 May

Gogatsu Nobori Streamers

February 1, 2020

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.

03 May

Noda-go Shimadzu Taiko Performance

February 1, 2020

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.

05 May

Satsuma Matchlock Rifle Display

February 1, 2020

Dressed in full armour, the members of the Hioki Teppo-tai will show why the Shimadzu were feared on the battlefield with a thunderous display of traditional gunnery.

23 May
07 Jun

Summer Irises at Sengan-en

February 1, 2020

Irises were much loved by the samurai for their beautiful flowers, which fade and die in only a few days. For the samurai this represented the fleeting nature of life and nobility in death.

25 Jul
23 Aug

Nariakira’s Beloved Morning Glories

February 1, 2020

The 28th head of the Shimadzu family, Nariakira, was a huge fan of morning glories and even bred several subspecies of his own. The delicate blues, purples, and pinks provide a cooling backdrop to the heat of the Kagoshima summer.