Experience the New Year in traditional Japanese style at Sengan-en, and discover the unique culture and customs of the Kagoshima region.
Traditional kadomatsu decorations to welcome the New Year on display outside Sengan-en
Enjoy beautiful winter peonies in straw houses that protect against the cold and snow.
Join in with traditional New Year's celebrations at Sengan-en and try handmade mochi rice cakes and Kagoshima shochu.
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.
Spend New Year in traditional Japanese style and wear a kimono to get entry to Sengan-en free between January 1st-3rd
Enjoy a traditional New Year meal using recipes passed down in the Shimadzu family for generations.
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.
Watch a spectacular performance of traditional New Year's Falconry in the lower garden.
Fulfill your samurai fantasies and be dressed in authentic armour by our expert curators.