Sengan-en & the Shimazu Clan

Exploring Kagoshima’s History

Donny Kimball
8 min readSep 14, 2018

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A samurai from the Shimazu clan stands in front of one of the buildings at Kagoshima Prefecture’s Sengan-en traditional gardens

When push comes to shove, my absolute favorite thing about traveling in Japan is the nation’s long and undeniably palpable history. While it often requires one do a bit of digging, reverberations from Japan’s feudal era can still be felt throughout the country. For example, the bullet trains traveling to Kyoto follow an important trade route known as the Tokaido…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/