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.
5.0a week ago
Absolutely beautiful. I can't fully describe a place like this. But I will say that it's definitely worth a visit. The grounds cover a substantial amount of space, so if you want to fully explore it at a leisurely pace, be prepared to spend an hour or more. I was here for about 5 hours, and still, I think there were spots I didn't see. But I also stopped to read for a bit, and had snacks in a tea house, and took many many many photos. I had lots of time to kill, so it really depends on you and your schedule. Anyhow, I hope that helps, and I really do recommend this garden, even just for a short visit. It's so picturesque. It's so worth it. And if you're into shopping, one of the souvenir shops even sells and rents kimonos!
3.02 weeks ago
Very nice garden to go to on a nice day. Lots of plants, trees, birds and fish. There are many paths to take with a scenery change around every bend. There is also a quaint boat ride available.
4.03 weeks ago
Was great for taking pictures and walking around garden, can take a boat ride and drink green tea. Had English speaking guides as well. - Big plus was motorcycle parking. Entry was 400yen per adult
5.0a month ago
The most beautiful garden I ever saw in my life. It’s a place when you can feel the mastering of japanese aesthetic. Worth the time and the price.
5.0a week ago
Absolutely picturesque! Went on a rainy day and nearly had the place to myself.... Definitely recommend spending a couple of hours winding through the garden.