Cat Shrine in Sengan-en (猫神社)

Cat Shrine in Sengan-en (猫神社) Cat Shrine in Sengan-en (猫神社)

This is a shrine for cat lovers.
Shrines where cats are enshrined are very rare.
Why a cat god?
You might think, but the reason goes back to the end of the 16th century.
When Yoshihiro Shimazu, the 17th head of the Shimazu family, went to war in Korea, he took seven cats with him to find out the time, and the two surviving cats were enshrined at this shrine.
They made use of the fact that cats' pupils have different shapes depending on the brightness of the light.
The ema (votive picture) depicts a shrine and a cat in soft colors.
Many people visit to pray for their pets' long life and health.
Ema can be purchased at the shop next to the shrine.
Goshuin (The red ink stamp) can be found in the souvenir shop at the entrance to Senganen.
The souvenir shop also has a range of cat goods and other items related to this anecdote, so check it out.

TEL 099-247-1551
Address(In Sengan-en) 9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Periodopen all year round
Open9:00am ~ 5:00pm
FeeFirst Sunday of March (Due to the Kagoshima Marathon)
Fee

Senganen entrance fee
Adults (16 years and over): ¥1,000
Children (7 years to 15 years): ¥500

*Tour of the palace is extra (¥600 for adults, ¥300 for children).
*Discount web tickets are also available. https://www.asoview.com/channel/tickets/5tuqCdFZsP/

*From 1 October 2024, only a set ticket for Sengan-en, Shoko Shuseikan and Goten will be available (adult ¥1,600 / child ¥800).

Perking500 spaces (300 yen / day)
Access

By car
From Kagoshima Chuo Station: 20 mins by car
From Kagoshima Airport (via Aira IC - Route 10): 40 mins by car
From Sakurajima Ferry Port: 10 mins by car
By bus
The bus stop is right in front of Senganen.
Kagoshima City View: Get off at the Senganen-mae bus stop
Fixed-route Bus (Nangoku Kotsu/Kagoshima Kotsu): Get off at Sengan-en-mae bus stop.

Web https://www.senganen.jp/en/
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