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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 Jul
15 Jul

Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution Stamp Rally

This stamp rally celebrates all of the sites included in the 2015 World Heritage inscription, so make sure to come along to Sengan-en and see if you can find them all!

27 May
16 Jun

Summer Irises at Sengan-en

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.

29 Jun
12 Sep

The Shimadzu Clan in the Sengoku Period

Find out about the Shimadzu Clan and their exploits during the Sengoku period.

27 Jul
24 Aug

Nariakira’s Beloved Morning Glories

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.

07 Aug
10 Aug

Shimadzu Family Tanabata Decorations

Tanabata, sometimes called the star festival is held each year on the 7th of July. At Sengan-en we follow the Tanabata traditions of the Shimadzu family and display paper streamers on giant moso bamboo.

09 Aug
10 Aug

Satsuma Kiriko Kaleidoscope Class

Use colourful fragments of Satsuma Kiriko cystal glass to make your very own original kaleidoscope.

Shimadzu Samurai Armour Experience

Fulfill your samurai fantasies and be dressed in authentic armour by our expert curators.