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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.

15 Sep
04 Oct

“Drifters” Original Artwork Display

Discover the world of "Drifters" through original artwork from the massively popular manga and animated series. To celebrate 450 years since the death of Sengoku period samurai Shimadzu Toyohisa we have organized a special display of original artwork from the manga series “Drifters” by creator Kota Hirano to be held at Sengan-en.

20 Sep

Drifters Original Artwork Virtual Tour

Experience a rare display of real Japanese swordsmanship, a private tour of the house at Sengan-en, and an up-close look at original artwork from international bestselling manga series Drifters in this one-off online event!

20 Sep

Taisha-ryu and Jigen-ryu Demonstration

Taisha-ryu and Jigen-ryu will hold a joint demonstration of swordsmanship at Sengan-en, the stately home and gardens of the Shimadzu clan on the 20th of September 2020. This is the first time in 416 years that these two schools have appeared together at a property of the Shimadzu family.

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
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
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
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.

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