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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5.0a week ago
One of my favorite gardens in Japan. It is quite nice. Hopefully you can arrive very early in your day to avoid bus loads of noisy guests or school children. This garden is best experienced in quiet times. Also please enjoy museum containing George Nakashima chairs,.....which you can sit in still carefully.
4.02 weeks ago
This garden had many interesting view points and could easily be viewed during all seasons for new and interesting things to look at all year. Made a special trip from Osaka just to visit. The entry fee was reasonable, and if you took part in the tea house or the boat rides through the garden I could easily see spending half a day wandering. We spent 2.25 hrs.
5.0a month ago
Really pretty and serene. I spent 2 hours there and there are still many areas I did not have time to cover... I was also too late for the tea house and craft museum. Allow yourself a lot of time if you want to see it all... I think I caught most of it though. 😊
4.03 months ago
I think it's slightly overrated, though it's undeniably a scenic park with layers of greens. I'm more attracted to its history (there are signs telling the stories at different corners of the park, some without English). The Garden was a private retreat owned by a clan and there was a small waterfall (photographed) built to impress the Emperor when he travelled there. Heads up: there's a 500 yen entrance fee.
(Pixel 3 helps add more vivid color to the actual scenes at Ritsurin Garden.)
5.0a month ago
Beautiful Japanese Garden worth to visit near Takamatsu City. Visitors can see a variety of traditional Japanese plants and structures, from bonsai to bridges, and there is a traditional tea house where you can take part in a tea ceremony. The spacious garden has six ponds and 13 landscaped hills — part of the reason it is designated as a “Special Place of Scenic Beauty” by the Japanese government.
Admission Fee: ¥410/adult (Group of 20 or more: ¥320)
¥170/child (Group of 20 or more: ¥140)