Ritsurin Garden, located 2km south of Takamatsu Station, dates from the 17th century and is considered one of the most graceful gardens in Japan. The 75-hectar garden has 6 ponds and 13 artificial hills, which was originally a stroll garden for local lords. The construction took more 100 years to completed and charged by 5 generations of the Matsudaira clan. The south half is a traditional stroll garden and the north half is designed with a modern taste.
The highlights include elegantly pruned 1,400 pine trees, two outlooks atop the hills, large ponds with ornamental carp and tortoises, teahouses offering green tea, and a boat cruise in the southern most pond. Cherry blossoms are all over in spring and the backdrop of nearby Mount Shiun offers wonderful maple colors in autumn. The night illumination is also fantastic.
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5.0a month ago
What a great garden!
This garden is must-go place in Japan.
So huge that anyone couldn’t possibly walk around every spots. One of the most amazing thing is there are many hundred years old pine trees. They have been trimmed and nurished by the hands of masters who are specially trained for pine trees. I didn’t know that there are special people who treat only pine trees. They must be the special pine tree doctors. It’s well known that how much Japanese love pine trees and take care of them with love. You’ll see those magnificent shape of pine trees here in the garden. It could take a whole day to look around this place.
5.03 months ago
Takamatsu has one of the most beautiful Japanese style gardens in Ritsurin. It's not huge, but compact in a good way. There are so many vantage points and angles that make for gorgeous photographs.
That's not to understate its beauty. Any season and any weather is a good time to visit. The photo taken for this review was during a late summer rain. I highly recommend fall, but you can never go wrong with spring.
There are small buildings that look over the pond, and I've had a couple very lovely breakfasts there. It's best to call ahead to reserve a spot. You can also take part in a tea ceremony towards the central area.
5.03 weeks ago
A lovely garden with truly interesting historical significance. It took me about an hour and 15 minutes to enjoy the garden. It was uncrowded on a Monday morning in November.
5.02 weeks ago
Even in the Summer without much blooming Flora the care that goes into the garden was evident and showed. Extremely clean! With a barrier between the city making you forget the urban landscape while visiting.
5.04 months ago
Exquisite and traditional Japanese garden.
Definitely a place to visit if you happen to be in the area.
# Access is mostly very easy for all abilities, and difficult passages are well indicated.
# A boat ride with commentaries (in Japanese or English) of one of the ponds is available for an additional fee.
# Eating in the garden is allowed.
# The parking is spacious and reasonably priced.