Events

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.

13 Apr
09 Jul

Temporary Closure Notice

Temporary closure of Sengan-en, Shoko Shuseikan Museum, and Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks

23 Jul
23 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.

01 Nov
23 Nov

Sengan-en Chrysanthemum Festival

Delight in the display of over 15,000 chrysanthemums against the stunning backdrop of active volcano Sakurajima. Impressive display pieces, mannequins wearing flower kimono, and carefully manicured bonsai bring a wave of colour to Sengan-en.

05 Nov

Jimyo-sai Beauty Festival

Learn the secrets of Japanese beauty and receive the blessing of an ancient Princess. Try traditional Japanese cosmetics and enjoy a healthy lunch at our Ohkatei Restaurant.

06 Dec

Kusajishi-shiki Traditional Archery

Held each year in November, Kusajishi-shiki is a traditional event in which archers dressed in ceremonial robes shoot at a target in the shape of a deer.

13 Dec
05 Jan

New Year’s Decorations

Traditional kadomatsu decorations to welcome the New Year on display outside Sengan-en

28 Dec
05 Jan

Sengan-en Winter Peonies

Enjoy beautiful winter peonies in straw houses that protect against the cold and snow.

01 Jan
02 Jan

New Year’s Mochi-Tsuki

Join in with traditional New Year's celebrations at Sengan-en and try handmade mochi rice cakes and Kagoshima shochu.

01 Jan
03 Jan

Free Entry Wearing Kimono 2021

Spend New Year in traditional Japanese style and wear a kimono to get entry to Sengan-en free between January 1st-3rd

01 Jan
05 Jan

Traditional New Year Food of the Shimadzu Family

Enjoy a traditional New Year meal using recipes passed down in the Shimadzu family for generations.

Shimadzu Samurai Armour Experience

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