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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5.02 months ago
Takamatsu has one of the most beautiful Japanese style gardens in Ritsurin. It's not huge, but compact in a good way. There are so many vantage points and angles that make for gorgeous photographs.
That's not to understate its beauty. Any season and any weather is a good time to visit. The photo taken for this review was during a late summer rain. I highly recommend fall, but you can never go wrong with spring.
There are small buildings that look over the pond, and I've had a couple very lovely breakfasts there. It's best to call ahead to reserve a spot. You can also take part in a tea ceremony towards the central area.
5.03 months ago
Exquisite and traditional Japanese garden.
Definitely a place to visit if you happen to be in the area.
# Access is mostly very easy for all abilities, and difficult passages are well indicated.
# A boat ride with commentaries (in Japanese or English) of one of the ponds is available for an additional fee.
# Eating in the garden is allowed.
# The parking is spacious and reasonably priced.
5.0a week ago
Happened to drop by for a few minutes. Much better than expected. Very well-organized and well-preserved garden!
4.03 weeks ago
One of the nicest Japanese gardens in Japan. It was quite hot in September and there were lots of mosquitos, but we really enjoyed our visit. We visited late in the day and therefore it was really nice and quiet. Highly recommend when in Takamatsu.
5.05 months ago
Very beautiful gardens. We went during a rainy day but it was still lovely and enjoyable. There are several overlook sections you can pause for pictures. Small shop at the entrance that sells food and drink. We didn't have a long time to enjoy the gardens there are more sections to see we didn't have time but what we saw were very lovely. Bringing water and an umbrella is a good idea either rain or shine.