Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden along north of the center of downtown Kagoshima. The garden was constructed in 1658 as a family villa by Shimazu Mitsuhisa, the second lord of the Satsuma domain. Their clan, Shimazu Clan, is the most powerful feudal clan during the Edo Period.
This 50,000 square meter Japanese landscape garden also provides a spectacular view of active volcano Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay and considered as a borrowed scenery.
In July 2015, Sengan-en was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site related to Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.
At the center of the garden stands the Iso Teien or the Iso Residence of the Shimazu feudal lords.
The garden layout includes shrines, ponds, running streams, stone bridges, bamboo, plum and early blooming cherry blossom trees.
Senganen has a variety of trees and plants that make the garden that makes a beautiful scenery of the garden.
Visitors can also pass by the Shoko Shuseikan Museum that exhibits about the Shimazu Clan and their role in Japan's industrialization. Admission to this museum is included in the admission fee of the garden.
It's a 30-40-minute-walk to the north of Kagoshima Station (Nippo Main Line)
The garden opens at 8:30 to 17:30.
It has no closing days.
Admission fee is 1000 Yen.
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