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.
Airport/Sta.Takamatsu Airport (about 12.6km) Google Transit
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5.0in the last week
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.
5.02 months ago
Very beautiful gardens. We went during a rainy day but it was still lovely and enjoyable. There are several overlook sections you can pause for pictures. Small shop at the entrance that sells food and drink. We didn't have a long time to enjoy the gardens there are more sections to see we didn't have time but what we saw were very lovely. Bringing water and an umbrella is a good idea either rain or shine.
5.04 weeks ago
Magnificent Japanese Garden located in Takamatsu from a 30 minute walk to the sea. The place is gigantic but the best place is still the west lake with two small islands and the traditional bridge and house. Worth the trip to join this garden. Highly recommend this place which represent the beauty of Japan.
5.02 weeks ago
I am lost for words...this is without doubt the single most beautiful garden i have ever seen. The scenery, the garden Itself, the light and the peaceful state of mind it induces is just astonishing. I can very highly recommend going here!
4.0a month ago
Pretty nice garden. Unfortunately when I visited there were some maintenance/cleaning going on. A bit dissapointed not to get a clear shot of the famous pond+bridge. I believe in autumn/spring it will be more beautiful than summer!