Explore the Stately Home and Garden of a Samurai Lord
Take in the beauty of Kagoshima’s Sengan-en
Sengan-en is a classic Japanese manor house and garden, a tranquil oasis just 20 minutes from Kagoshima’s city center.
Spread over 12 acres, the estate was built in 1658 by the 19th head of the Shimazu clan—a storied lineage of samurai lords who ruled this part of Japan’s far south. Stroll in the footsteps of proud warriors who shaped Japan’s history, and share the inspiration they must have felt gazing out on panoramic views of glittering Kinkowan Bay and Mt. Sakurajima, an active volcano.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is set amidst the natural beauty of Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park and adjoined by the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, which explores the 800-year history of the Shimadzu Clan, the region’s industrial heritage and the modernization of Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912). For a closer look at another local export, admire the skilled craftsmanship on display at the Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks. Here they produce Satsuma Kiriko, characterized by its vivid colors, fine cuts, and color gradation called “bokashi”, which is sold in the onsite shop.
Kagoshima is around 2 hours from Tokyo by plane.
Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum