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 month ago
Wonderful big garden. Lots of ponds, bridges and canals. Beautiful water lilies. Birds and fish to look at. We even saw a wedding photo shoot (and took some nice pictures ourselves).
5.04 months ago
Visited the park a few weeks ago with a guided tour. The park is clean and massive. The scenery is impressive.
We only had around an hour to spend in the park during the tour but you can certainly spend a good few hours easily in the park.
The tour guide mentioned that the park looks completely different during cherry blossom season so planning your visit depending on the season is recommended.
5.03 months ago
Ritsurin is a tranquil escape from the everyday. The garden is meticulously cared for by the groundsmen and women, making this a wonderful place to visit even as the trees are in their early stages of blossoming. For a mere ¥480 (adult) this is worthwhile when you visit Takamatsu.
5.07 months ago
Hands down one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens I have seen. Superb views from almost any angle especially on the Southern Route. The huge multi colored carps in the lake are a joy to watch. We spent 3 hours at the garden marveling at the picturesque vistas. Bravo to the crew who are maintaining the grounds.
5.04 months ago
It is a really spacious and beautiful park. I think it is worth visiting many times, depending on the season, as there are so many different areas that have greenery and flowers that peak at different times.