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Museum Shoko Shuseikan (尚古集成館)


Museum / Science Museum

This is a museum adjacent to Sengan-en. The collection hall is a group of factories that the Satsuma lord Shimazu Nariakira built for industrial development at the end of the Tokugawa period. The museum building was originally completed in 1865 as a machine factory. Currently it is utilized as a place to communicate the history of industrialization of the Shimazu family and Satsuma clan. In addition to the buildings, some of the exhibits are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties.


Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9698-1 (Kagoshima / Mt. SakurajimaArea)

phone 0992471511


Review of Shoko Shuseikan Museum

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Reviewed:2019/04/17 Interesting but not well displayed
This museum had some interesting exhibits about industrialisation but they were not displayed or labelled as well as they could have been. On the plus side however the gardens next to the museum were...
Reviewed:2019/04/12 Small but interesting museum.
This museum outlines the life of the Shimadzu family as well as their import of western technology into Japan. There are English explanations at each exhibit. Interesting 20 to 30 minute visit
Reviewed:2018/05/16 First Western-style Factory in Japan
Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, this was Japans first Western-style factory. Its now a museum detailing the 700 year Shimazu family...

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Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9698-1 [map]
Kagoshima / Mt. SakurajimaArea
open everyday
[Admission fee]
[Adult] 1,000yen
[Elementary and Junior High School Students] 500yen
* Common with Scenic Beauty Sengan-en
Parking Lot
Available (500spaces, bus 50spaces)
Credit Card
Not available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Kagoshima Areas


          Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture's most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.