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What is Kagoshima’s Sengan-en Garden?
A major sightseeing spot in Kagoshima is Sengan-en. It is a large garden that spans 50,000 square meters. It takes around 40 minutes to reach from central Kagoshima via direct bus.
Sengan-en is known for its beauty, and visitors can also view spots, like a mansion that was the home of a feudal lord and a workshop where you can see traditional crafts. In 2018, the garden was a filming location for the Japanese Taiga drama (*1) “Segodon,” gaining popularity.
The Kagoshima area used to be called Satsuma up until the nineteenth century.
Sengan-en was constructed in 1658 during the Edo period by Mitsuhisa Shimazu, who once ruled Satsuma. The Shimazu family had their main house in the Kagoshima City area and used Sengan-en as their villa. Currently, the garden and a portion of the building remainders is opened to the public.
Let’s go inside Sengan-en and see what there is to do!
One of the most iconic spots in Sengan-en is the garden where you can see the Bay of Kagoshima and Sakurajima Island. Sakurajima Island is a volcanic island for whichKagoshima is famous for. Small eruptions occur sometimes even today.
You can spot Sakurajima Island from various areas in Kagoshima City, but Sengan-en is thought to have a particularly spectacular view. Visitors can take in the wonderful view of a Japanese garden with Sakurajima Island.
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