Sengan-en Garden houses a villa constructed by Shimazu Mitsuhisa in 1658. One of the greatest features of Sengan-en Garden is the majestic scenery of the garden that replicates Kinko Bay and Sakura-jima. With an area covering 50,000 square meters, Sengan-en Garden offers a host of things to see, including historical, cultural and natural wonders. These include an architectural style deeply influenced by Chinese culture, perfectly suited to the history and culture of Satsuma long considered the gateway to the South, as well as flowers and events that dazzle each of the four seasons and the roots of modern Japanese technology and industrial strength remaining nearby.
- 9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima City 892-0871
- Take the Kagoshima City View Bus from Kagoshima-Chuo Station (either the Waterfront Course or Shiroyama and Iso Course). Get off at Senganen-mae (Isoteien). It takes about 30 minutes and the fare is 190 yen (one-day pass available)
- Opens at 8:30 and closes at 17:30
- Open throughout the year
- All year
- For a unique experience at Sengan-en Garden, be sure to take part in the guided tour of the villa. Tours leave every 20 minutes and are led by a staff member wearing a kimono who takes visitors to various rooms where the feudal lords actually lived in the villa. After the tour, enjoy sweets and traditional matcha green tea while gazing out at the beautiful central garden.