The Sengan’en Garden, 仙巌園, is a Japanese garden inspired by the Chinese landscape. Another name for this scenic place is Isotei’en, 磯庭園. It has a great location along the coast of Kagoshima, 5 minutes walk from Iso Beach. In fact, to get to Iso Beach, sometimes you have to get off the City View bus at the Sengan’en stop and then walk over to the beach.
The Sengan’en was built by the Shimadzu clan in the early Edo period. Its name originates from Xian Yan in Lung Hau Shan from China, and since the kanji “Xian Yan” is read as “Sengan” in Japanese, that’s how it became know as Sengan’en (the “en” or 園 means garden). It may sometimes be written as Senganen.
There are usually different events going in at the garden. Once, my husband had a chance to dress up as a samurai in the garden. That was an amazing experience! In my opinion, the best times to visit are when there are Cherry Blossoms and they can begin blossoming as early as February and as late as May.
During the first 3 days in January, people dressed in kimonos can enter free so we decided to take a look. Nowadays, seeing regular persons in kimonos is getting rare. We saw children as well as adults walking in lovely kimonos. It was a pretty sight to see!
There are also quite a bit of truly authentic snacks that can be eaten there, including the Satsuma Age and different sweets that are quite popular in Kagoshima.
What an amazing place!
|Opening times||8:30〜17:30 (All year round)|
|Entrance fee||Entrance fee
Entrance fee＋Guided tour of the house Adult¥1600/Child（7-15）¥800
|Address||9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima City,