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.
5.0in the last week
Even though some of the areas at this garden were under refurbishment, there were still many beautiful areas that were accessible. The ponds surrounded by perfectly trained trees were gorgeous. There are a few nice bridges as well. We really enjoyed feeding the fish and turtles with food that is available to buy inside the park.
5.08 months ago
Certainly one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. Our second visit. The fall colours were unfortunately not at their peak this time, but it wasn’t raining, and there is so much else to see - especially the 1400 pine trees of very kind, size, and shape imaginable! Highly recommended.
5.0a month ago
Been to many Japanese gardens, but really enjoyed this place. It isn’t the mist beautiful but large area with the green mountain in the backdrop. Calm, serene with many places to relax. I took a morning flight and was a bit sleepy. Took an amazing nap here in the middle of nature, with birds chirping all around. There is small boat ride, but didn’t opt for it. The entrance is around 410 yen and it takes at least an hour to see. But we spend close to 5 hours. Highly recommended. So many turtles just comes to you once they see you, expecting food.
5.011 months 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.
5.04 months ago
My new favorite garden in Japan! This garden is sprawling with splendid scenery! There is a wheelchair-accessible route in the garden, and an abundance of restrooms and Japanese sweets shops means anyone can visit without worry. If you're lucky, there will be a couple taking their wedding photos; if you're unlucky, there will still be people in kimono walking around! Be sure to try the local ice cream, it's super tasty.