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- In a nation of great gardens -- Okayama's Korakuen, Kanazawa's Kenrokuen, not to mention temple gardens such as the Tenryu-ji in Arashiyama, or the Moss Garden at Saihoji Temple in Kyoto -- it's still not surprising to say that Ritsurin Koen in Takamatsu in Shikoku is the standout.
It's a place one can visit over and over and still desire to return to -- its three great lakes, its stream, its tea-houses, its groves, its sculptured trees, its rocks, its islands. It's a place one can never tire of. It's the place one visits first in Japan if one can -- I have been fortunate, and visited many, many times. And will visit again...
Do take the journey over the Inland Sea -- you will carry Ritsurin in your mind life-long. You will return!Written July 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Tired from shopping? Then look no further because this place has a lot of restaurants, too. The place is covered, so you don't have to worry during rainy days.Written August 1, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Takamatsu Port offers a great view of the Takamatsu area as one waits to board or after they have arrived from a trip. There are a few store a few minutes walk away so it is good to check them out.Written July 17, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- located near Takamatsu Station. it has a nice small garden for a quick stroll. only 1 or 2 of the side towers are still around. the main building is no more.Written November 24, 2020
- There are many interesting statues throughout the temple grounds. We were particularly taken by the tanuki statues. On the side of the main hall there is a small pathway through red torii beside one of the large tanuki statues which takes you to a small shrine surrounded by hundreds of tanuki statues in many sizes. Do not miss it.
Read up on the Battle of Yashima to understand some of the statues and paintings in Yashima and Takamatsu. The very interesting shaped Treasure House has relics from the battle in addition to the usual temple treasure. This is temple 84 of Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage route.
We took the bus back down the mountain, but rather than going all the way to the station we got off at Shikuko Mura.Written September 13, 2020
- A gem of a Temple (& Shrine) off the beaten track near Takamatsu in Kagawa. Accessible via the Kotoden Electric Railway its well worth a visit for it's giant Getas and its syncretic Temple/Shrine complex. When I visited I was the only westerner and most of the visitors were pilgrims doing the trail around Shikoku. It's approached via a very cute Cable Car with some little trains made to look like mini Shinkansen... the kids will love that. High in the mountians amid nature its a very impressive and little known site.Written February 24, 2020
- I come here every year during New Year's day. It's about 25 minutes car ride from JR Takamatsu Station. It's about 5 minutes walk from Ichinomiya Station of Kotoden Kotohira Line.Written February 18, 2016
- There is no better artwork to represent what the Setouchi Triennale is about; revitalizing the Setouchi islands through art.
Art created by Onba Factory may not be high art, but it's art that made Ogijima residents proud of their island, art that is part of the island's identity and culture, art that couldn't exist anywhere else in the world.Written October 9, 2019
- This lighthouse is a landmark for Kagawa and located in a beautiful area, by the sea. At night is is lit up and reflects so beautifully on the water. Sightseers will get some good photos for sure. Not a lot of people to disturb your calm, this is a great area for walking around and taking in the atmosphere.Written November 4, 2018
- This is really such a gem of a place to visit, and highly recommended for hikers and nature walkers. The temple is very calm and quiet and is considered by Buddhists as the "source" of Kagawa Prefecture. The name "Kagawa" means "Fragrant River", and it is believed that from the roots of the tree of the courtyard in this temple the river flows forth.
Getting to the temple itself is a little bit of a hike, so pace yourself and enjoy the lush nature around you. As you push yourself up the steps you will be surrounded by trees, moss, and possibly pilgrims going your way to make their respects.
Within the temple is a shrine that holds thousands of images of Kannon (goddess of mercy). You can walk in but it is quite dark. In front of the thousand year old zelkova tree there is a large statue of an "ox-devil". The legend from this area is that this ox-devil was harassing the locals until a samurai by the name of Yamada Kuranda shot it with his bow and chopped off its head. The tradition surrounding this act of bravery is that the locals can call on the power of the subdued ox-devil to combat evil.
What I enjoyed most of this location was the courtyard. It was so peaceful when I was there. While much of the pilgrimage has a more open-air feeling, this place felt secure and welcoming. It might have been the shape of the buildings, but I thought that it was a lovely "nest" of contemplation, and to just "be in the moment". Check it out!Written October 24, 2018
- the tower is attached to a small mall. there are some restaurants and place to shop for local products. getting up to the tower can be a little confusing as i couldn't find the right elevator going straight up to the top.Written November 24, 2020
- Kikugetsutei is a tea house in Ritdurin Park. It is said that the feudal lord of each generation particularly loved this place. If you take tea (about $7 with sweet), you can enter inside. It is absolutely worth visiting. You can inspire the life of feudal lord.Written March 30, 2021
- The Sunport is a very large, multi purpose facility. Over the years I have had a lot of different meetings in there, seen concerts, met some interesting people, enjoyed art and performances of all kinds, ate delicious food, had a lot of coffee, and made good friends too. The Sunport is right by the Takamatsu Station. It may not be too obvious what exactly is going on, but through they year it is host to a lot of different festivals and events. There is an information desk on the first floor so you can go there to get information on what is going on. There are also many racks of pamphlets for upcoming events and performances, so make sure to check out things that catch your interest.Written October 27, 2018
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