Photo By: ©Kagoshima Prefectural Tourist Federation/©JNTO
Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Kagoshima
Population
1,786,214

Senganen Garden

Where a garden, volcano and ocean make one memorable experience.

Senganen Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located on the coast just north of Kagoshima city center. Recognized as a World Culture Heritage Site in 2015, it offers picturesque scenery and a glimpse into the history of the family who built it.

The garden was constructed in 1658 by the Shimazu family, who were one of the Edo period’s most powerful feudal families. The Iso Residence, which was once their main home, still stands in the centre of the garden. A 20-minute guided tour is available for a small fee, which includes a tea ceremony at the end.

Photo by: Ashley Owen A cultural asset of Kagoshima.

The garden itself features a bamboo grove, bridges over ponds filled with koi fish, and intricately sculpted foliage. One of the more unique features is a small shrine dedicated to cats, where visitors can inscribe wishes for their feline friends on special wooden plaques.

There are also several restaurants on the grounds, a museum, and a gallery displaying Kagoshima’s traditional cut glass, Satsuma Kiriko. A selection of souvenir shops is available selling local crafts and produce such as pottery and shochu (traditional Japanese booze).

Photo by: ©Kagoshima Prefectural Tourist Federation/©JNTO A ceremony held at the garden.

At the back of the garden, a hiking trail runs up into the forest. The simple route takes about 20 minutes and leads to two separate observation points which provide excellent views of Kagoshima Bay and the mighty Sakurajima, an active volcano.

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Things To Know

Fees and Hours

The garden is open from 8:30 to 5:30 every day. Standard admission is ¥1,000.

Official site

www.senganen.jp/en/

How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒892-0871 Kagoshima-ken, Kagoshima-shi, Yoshinochō, 国道10号線

By train

The garden is about a 30-minute walk from the Kagoshimaeki-mae (鹿児島駅前) tram stop.

By bus

The closest bus stop is Senganen-mae (仙巌園前), which is right outside the garden. Buses run from both Kagoshima and Kagoshima Chuo stations.

By car

About a 15-minute drive from the centre of Kagoshima.

Where To Stay

Hotel Livemax Kagoshima
  • Ogawa-cho 15-1 Kagoshima-Shi, Kagoshima 892-0817
  • 9.6/10
  • 2.5 km
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Ilca Guest House
  • Yasuichou 3-24 Kagoshima-Shi, Kagoshima 892-0815
  • 9.3/10
  • 2.7 km
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Aqua Garden Hotel Fukumaru
  • Meizancho 11-8 Kagoshima-Shi, Kagoshima 892-0821
  • 8/10
  • 2.9 km
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Guest House M104 Kagoshima
  • Meizancho 10-4 Kagoshima-Shi, Kagoshima 892-0821
  • 7.4/10
  • 3.0 km
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