Ritsurin Garden

Sightseeing information about Ritsurin Garden in Japan.

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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.

Purposeelderly,nature,family,autumn foliage,sightseeing
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4.03 weeks 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.

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5.02 months ago

A gorgeous beautifully maintained garden! Would love to visit again! It's large and full of beautiful trees and small museums to learn more about the place and Japanese culture. Every turn was just amazing. You could literally spend the whole day just wondering and admiring the beauty of this garden.

5.0a month ago

Even though I visited during late winter/early spring it's an amazingly beautiful park. You can easily spend a couple of hours walking around in the park! I also recommend visiting one of the tea houses!!! There are two or three tea houses in the park, which closes around 4 :)

5.0a month ago

A really beautiful park. Can stroll around for a few hours. The steep bridge is especially scenic and makes for nice photos. Well maintained, plenty of toilets and vending machines, worth the small entry fee.

5.0a month ago

It is really worth a special journey, the South garden recommend course (start via 1,33 and finish via32.) the route is dotted in the map. No 20,23,21 holds the best scenery in the garden, with feeding of koi fish. In 1953,the garden was designated as one of the Japan social places of scenic beauty by the government, cherry blossom happen during April to May generally. Do go for a boat ride, spend your day in leisure.opening time generally are 7 am to 5 pm

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