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Shoko Shuseikan Tours

Shoko Shuseikan
Located within the Sengan-en Garden, the Shoko Shuseikan Museum follows the history of the Shimazu clan, who once ruled this part of Japan. The building itself, built in the mid-19th century, was one of the first Western-style buildings in the country. Together, the Sengan-en Garden and Shoko Shuseikan Museum comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Basics

Most travelers visit the Shoko Shuseikan Museum while touring the surrounding Sengan-en Garden, a traditional Japanese garden with wonderful views of Kagoshima Bay and the active volcano Mt. Sakurajima. Some guided tours of Kagoshima include the Sengan-en Garden and Shoko Shuseikan.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the Sengan-en Garden includes the Shoko Shuseikan Museum.
  • There are food outlets throughout the gardens that sell Kagoshima specialties.
  • Walk up the mountain hiking trail within the gardens for great views of Sakurajima.

How to Get There
The Sengan-en Garden and the Shoko Shuseikan Museum are about a mile (1.5 kilometers) north of central Kagoshima and can be reached by bus from various places around town. Take the Kagoshima City View Bus from Kagoshima Chuo station to the Sengan-en-mae stop.

When to Get There
The Shoko Shuseikan Museum is open every day of the week. Spring and autumn are especially good times to visit, as the surrounding gardens are at their most attractive when in bloom or when the leaves are turning orange and red.

Visit Shiroyama Park

Travelers in Kagoshima shouldn’t miss Shiroyama Park, located on Mount Shiroyama, not far from central Kagoshima. Once the location of a large fort, the park now houses the Reimeikan Museum of local history, but most visitors come for the sweeping views of Kagoshima and Mt. Sakurajima from the Shiroyama Observatory, at the top of the park.
Address: 9698−1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Japan
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Sengan-en Entrance Ticket

Get the most out of your Japan trip by combining multiple experiences in one—you’ll get access to mountain hiking trails that lead to views of an active volcano, learn about Japan’s powerful samurai clan—the Shimadzu clan, and visit a stately home, museum, and garden. Having a Sengan-en entrance ticket means you won’t have to wait in long lines, so you’ll save time, and have longer to explore Kagoshima.
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Shimadzu Clan Samurai Warrior Experience

Pose as a samurai warrior of the powerful Shimadzu clan while dressed in the replica armor of the legendary general. Admission is included to UNESCO-listed Sengan-en, conveniently located near Kagoshima. A professional photographer leads your photo session within the centuries-old home and gardens, set against the volcanic backdrop of Sakurajima. Armor is available for both adults and children, making this unique experience an unforgettable family photo opportunity—snapshots included.
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