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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5.0a week 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.
5.02 months ago
Hands down one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens I have seen. Superb views from almost any angle especially on the Southern Route. The huge multi colored carps in the lake are a joy to watch. We spent 3 hours at the garden marveling at the picturesque vistas. Bravo to the crew who are maintaining the grounds.
5.0a month ago
I've been to Japan twice now and visit gardens everywhere, but this has to be the most beautiful public garden I've seen here. Wonderfully well maintained and new spectacular views of a another pocket of the garden with every few steps you take. We spent almost 4 hours roaming about and enjoyed every minute of it. I would say it's worth coming to Takamatsu just for this.
5.03 months 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!
5.02 months ago
The most impressive japanese garden which we have seen on our journey. Each step provides another unexpected view. Many details have been carefully arranged and combined with the landscape behind the garden. Take your time for your visit and include the time of dusk when the garden will be illuminated.