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Japan: UNESCO World Heritage Site – Sengan-en Garden Kagoshima City Kyushu

British born author Andrew J Wood, after almost a quarter of a century living in Asia, shares his travel secrets while exploring Japan's third largest island – Kyushu.

KAGOSHIMA – Sengan-en is a wonderful traditional Japanese garden and stately home. It’s a really fine example and I spent hours walking around. Inside the house is a museum and zen garden. Down each gravel pathway something new and breath taking appears. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was my second visit in 2 years, 2015 & 2016. 

The gardens and house have been passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. The garden boasts spectacular views of active volcano Sakurajima, and the house provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of a powerful feudal lord.
In July, 2015 Sengan-en was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site. 

Opening times
08:30-17:30 (All year round)
Entrance fee    
Adult: ¥1000
Child(7-15): ¥500
Entrance fee+Guided tour of the house Adult: ¥1600
Child(7-15): ¥800
THAI (TG) have daily flights to Fukuoka (Kyushu) from Bangkok just 4.5 hours flying time. Japan has visa exemption arrangements with 67 countries 
A professional hotelier, Skalleague, travel writer and Director of one Thailand’s leading DMC/Travel Agents, Andrew has over 35 years of hospitality and travel experience. A graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh (Hospitality Studies). A UK national, Andrew was born in Yorkshire and prior to moving to Thailand Andrew gained valuable post graduate experience with Thistle Hotels (UK); Hilton Intl (Paris) and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (London). Andrew started his hotel career in Thailand with Shangri-La Hotels, Royal Garden Hotels and Resorts and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Thailand and UK) and later became General Manager of some of the country’s leading hotels including GM Royal Cliff Beach Resort Pattaya. Andrew is a former Director of Skal International (SI) and a Past President of SI BANGKOK and former National President SI THAILAND. Andrew is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand including Assumption University’s Hospitality School. Due to his extensive hospitality and travel experience, Andrew as a writer is widely followed and is a contributing editor for numerous publications. 
Photo caption: Sakurajima volcano from the Sengan-en Gardens in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan


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Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.