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 month ago
A very very large park with multiple settings including tea houses, ponds, and ornate bridges and of course huge Koi . Trails are not very challenging if you are sure of foot. That is, it is fairly level for the most part. It offers a calming experience that is easily accessible by a variety of transportation methods.
4.02 months ago
This garden had many interesting view points and could easily be viewed during all seasons for new and interesting things to look at all year. Made a special trip from Osaka just to visit. The entry fee was reasonable, and if you took part in the tea house or the boat rides through the garden I could easily see spending half a day wandering. We spent 2.25 hrs.
5.0a week 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 month ago
Great park with nice guide and map. I only got time for the west side of the park but it’s definitely good enough. Bridges and ponds echoing each other peacefully.
5.02 months ago
One of my favorite gardens in Japan. It is quite nice. Hopefully you can arrive very early in your day to avoid bus loads of noisy guests or school children. This garden is best experienced in quiet times. Also please enjoy museum containing George Nakashima chairs,.....which you can sit in still carefully.