Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu: Hours, Address, Ritsurin Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Ritsurin Garden
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Parks • Scenic Walking Areas
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ritsurin Garden is a superb cultural asset that conveys the characteristics of the daimyo strolling gardens that were typically seen in the 17th and 18th century. A daimyo strolling garden is a type of traditional Japanese garden in which ponds and hills are expertly constructed over a vast tract of land, and you can enjoy the garden's space as you leisurely walk around inside.
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jarmwr40
British Columbia, Canada3,125 contributions
we visited in oct. of 2019. covid washed over my life and its taken me till now to write this.
takamatsu, on the island of shikoku, was our second stop on our "back to japan to explore trip", rather than for work. gardens were at the top of my list. we had been to hiroshima first to pay tribute. this garden is easily accessed from the dormy hotel, a 20 minute walk away. we had lunch along the way, where we were warmly welcomed. 11 generations lived here before it was requisitioned by the government in 1875 and then opened to the public in 1953. it is spread out over 750, 000 sq. meters of many koi filled ponds and streams and cultivated black pines all accessed by footpaths over bridges and up hills for wonderful views. there is a teahouse, "moon scooping pavilion", folk art and craft exhibitions and buildings dating back to the 17th century. mt. shuin (purple cloud mountain.) provides the backdrop. the garden is one of the most famous historical gardens in japan.
i found it peaceful and amazing. we were a bit early in the season to catch the full glory of the autumn colors. i could have spent much more time here. a marvellous place to wander and soak up and revel in. and admire all the hard work it takes to maintain this beautiful place.
Written February 10, 2021
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mvmartin
Palo Alto, CA39 contributions
Like an expansive work of art, Ritsurin is peaceful and meditative. I'd love to see it in the Autumn. We walked around and could have spent even more time but it was hard to orientate all the paths with a friend in a wheelchair. I will return for sure and get to see the woodland walks also. It's a must.
Written January 24, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,783 contributions
The Ritsurin Garden was one of the reasons I decided to visit Takamatsu and it was my first stop. This lovely garden/park is massive and needs a few hours minimum to explore. There is a small fee to enter, well worth it. I came right before the tree leaves started to turn and the green colors of the plants along with the water was brilliant. The park is so nicely made and maintained. I loved the streams, ponds, hills, various types of flora, animals, and buildings. There are several markers along the way explaining the history of the area, in English as well. I would love to come back here in the autumn season to see what it looks like. Don't skip the Ritsurin Garden!
Written October 13, 2020
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Celyn T
Luzon, Philippines94 contributions
This is probably one of the best gardens I've been to. Despite being a popular tourist destination, there is still enough space to walk around since this place is huge.

Moreover, there is no "ideal" season to visit Ritsurin Garden since it's a beautiful place to visit all year round.
Written May 8, 2020
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont6,801 contributions
We came to Takamatsu specifically to visit this landscape garden and Yashima.

We can not understand why this is not rated as one of the best gardens in Japan.

In autumn there are a few superb spots where the trees in the Japanese garden burst with color. The green of the pines and the mounds of perfectly pruned shrubs provide great photo opportunities and the red of the maples is absolutely stunning. Reflections in the ponds and the placidly swimming koi offer further scenes for photography.

Strolling around the rest of the garden is a treat. Excellent view points from the many hills look down upon reflecting ponds, bridges, and pavilions. Be sure to get a map so you will know where you are and can decide what you want to visit. Lanterns, pathways, historic trees, a few buildings of note especially an old tea house, will all attract your attention. The borrowed scenery makes the garden seem as if it is even larger and encompasses even more land than it does. As you walk around the many paths, the views constantly change adding to your enjoyment.

In addition to the Japanese garden, there is another section of the property described as a Western garden - we didn’t have time for this on this visit.

We did break for lunch at the Garden Café which is in the West Wing building of the Shokoshoreikan.

Ritsurin is huge and we could easily have spent 2 full days here and not seen it all.
Written September 13, 2020
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Tim B
Bunbury, Australia29 contributions
Definitely one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan and one that i have now visited three times in different seasons. Probably most beautiful in Spring but also very crowded then. I preferred the place in the early Autumn when the trees are turning and the place is less busy. Also visited in Summer and it was very very green :-)
Written February 24, 2020
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BuccaneerDave
Nanaimo, Canada6,550 contributions
This review is for the non-garden lovers in the crowd. The ones that go to gardens because their partner wants them to. It's beautiful. Everything is meticulously perfect. The buildings you can visit are gorgeous. The view of the pond, bridge and gardens is fantastic.

Honestly, if you go to one Japanese Garden in Japan, go to this one.

I'd go again.
Written March 26, 2020
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travelmomVancouver
Vancouver199 contributions
What a beautiful Japanese garden! We spent almost 3 hours there. Peaceful scenic walk, picture perfect at every corner. I would rate it as one of the most representative Japanese garden. Definitely a not to be missed, well maintained, stunning garden.
Written February 25, 2018
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bill2512
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam58 contributions
Couples
Takamatsu is a little off the tourist route. However Ritsurin Garden is worth the visit if you have the time. Japan has the 'best three' in everything and Ritsurin Garden is not in the best three gardens. However we visited two of the best three and it is in my best three.
It fitted my perception of a Japanese Garden; lakes, complex trees, fine leaf maples, moss cover slopes and 'peace and serenity' notwithstanding there were people there.
Gardens are difficult to describe and review. They change with the season and so when you visit you see only 'one moment'. We visited in 'cherry blossom' time. As a cherry blossom garden they were OK, not as good as many others we saw. However the non cherry blossom aspects impressed me the most.
No doubt there will be times in the calendar when aspects such as azaleas and other flowers are in bloom. My suggestion is check out the seasonal attraction but even if nothing is in bloom it is still worth the visit.
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It was intriguing to see 5 men spend probably a day meticulously pruning and shaping a small section of trees (probably one tree each for the day)
We filled in a day In Takamatsu by visiting Kinashi, which is a suburb 10 minutes from the central train station where they grow pine trees for bonsai. There are a number of nurseries; we spent two hours wandering the streets looking at nurseries and the plants they were growing and selling.
Written May 8, 2013
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nickiBH
Hong Kong319 contributions
Family
A visit to Takamatsu is incomplete without spending a few hours here.

Some people set aside only an hour but why the rush to another spot (to do more shopping maybe?) We had planned an afternoon after checking out the hotel in Shodoshima. You can also come here after your mid day or early afternoon arrival in the city. It opens till 6pm.

Do allow some time for the wonderful boat ride, without which, the garden visit is like being only half full in a buffet. Purchase the boat tickets at the entrance and they will tell you your boat ride time so you can plan some small walking before the ride.

They do provide straw hats
for the ride and very caringly also have small items like a scarf for some who may find it too sunny or windy on certain days. The details they pay so much attention to makes the boat ride very enjoyable, not to mention the English speaking boat guide, who gives very informative details about the garden, the pond, some animals and some history.

There’s a small pond side tea house where you can order a combo of a small Japanese tea and snack, in a serene Japanese setting, and the lady may show you the tea ceremony (depends on who serves you, whether she’s been trained or not). After the tea, do go to the back of the tea house and get closer to the pond and enjoy the tranquility opens only to the tea house guests.

There are a lot of photo opportunities all around the strolling garden and the pond.
After the main pond area, don’t forget to visit the Iris garden on the other side of the entrance. The garden is probably at best in the rainbow spring, or in the fall Colors, or the pure silvery winter, but we did enjoy the bright green colours of summer.

After the garden if you still have plans near the pier, or near the Dori, just take a bus on the main road. Both are, only 15-20 min away, by strolling or bus.

Enjoy one of Japan’s most beautiful garden, as we did, after our 7th visit to japan.
Written June 5, 2019
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