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
We guide this spot.
5.03 weeks ago
I spent one and half an hour there and still didn’t even covered all the area yet since the garden is so vast. Lots of old pine trees and Koi fish. The guide was also very nice and impressive. 😃
5.0a month ago
My favorite garden in Japan! Absolutely beautiful, and well worth a short train ride from Okayama Station to Takamatsu. I visited in late November, and the fall colors were still spectacular.
5.02 weeks ago
I didn't have any expectations from this garden but I was very pleasantly surpised. I spent hours there and wouldn't mind staying even longer. Would love to see it in different seasons too. I have visited 2 of "Three Great Gardens of Japan" previously but this one was much better than those, in my opinion.
5.05 months 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).
5.07 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.