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
In Ritsurin, Takamatsu has one of the most beautiful Japanese style gardens in the country. 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. Call ahead to reserve a spot. You can also take part in a tea ceremony towards the central area.
5.0a week ago
Very nice park in Takamatsu city and definitely worth the visit. A lot of well crafted and carefully cared pine trees in various shapes. Very large Japanese garden with clean water, exotic trees, blooming flowers, and aging house. Well planed walking route to see the scene in various angles.
5.03 weeks ago
Beautiful garden, great history to it, very well kept, there is an old school Japanese store inside with classic souvenirs and snacks. Services available in various languages and there is a new store for local produce and souvenirs. There is a traditional tea room within the park as well. Would love to go back during different seasons.
5.0a week ago
I think it definitely is one of most beautiful Japanese garden in world. I believe it is as good as "Three Great Gardens of Japan" or even better. The place you should visit if you come to Kagawa
5.0in the last week
Beautiful sceneries, we had the chance to see some herons and magnificent Kingfishers. Be sure to take the boat (departure every hour or so) for 610¥ /person, you'll get some incredible views of the park's tree islands. Definitely a must see if you're in Takamatsu.