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“Beautiful and historic garden. Worth the trip to Takamatsu.”
Review of Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden
Ranked #1 of 143 things to do in Takamatsu
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Irvine, California USA
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“Beautiful and historic garden. Worth the trip to Takamatsu.”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

The garden is not just beautiful. It is also culturally interesting. The gardens were originally constructed by the fuedal lords in the area starting in the 1620's. It was the Matsudaira Family's villa for 228 years and opened to the public in 1875. It is a step back in time to wander this fuedal lord's strolling garden. Go to the tea house. Read your little guide pamphlet as you go. It will definitely add to your enjoyment.

As a side note, we had chestnut ice cream. Wow, that was good.

We are glad we made Takamatsu part of our visit to Shikoku. It is a good one day stop. The small city is somewhat off the tourist route, but very accessible. Besides the gardens, the city has a very long shopping arcade between the train station and gardens. Since the city is small, taxis are relatively inexpensive way around. We picked up a rental car the next day and made our first stop the nearby Shikoku-Mura folk open air museum which was a great surprise.

Visited May 2013
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Takamatsu, Japan
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“A popular spot”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We go there for our annual cherry blossom viewing parties, called hanami.
It's a nice spot, with lots of shady trees, lots of open spaces, walking trails and ponds.
There is an eating place and a small museum-like area selling nice souvenirs.
There are enough clean toilets. You could spend even the whole day here, and it is worth the time.
If you are going at spring time for cherry blossom picnics, make sure you get there early enough, because the place can get pretty crowded.

Visited April 2013
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Vancouver, Washington
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“Beautiful park”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Very beautiful park that I suspect not many tours take you to. Incredibly well groomed and numerous areas to take pictures. If you like feeding Koi, you can essentially buy as much food there as you want. You can easily complete it in about 45 minutes without rushing. There is a fee to get in.
If you just want to look at a park, then I would go to Adachi Museam of Art which has the most amazing garden I have seen. It has been the top rated garden in Japan since 2003.

Visited July 2013
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Nantes, France
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“One of the best Japanese gardens”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

It takes between two or three hours to discover the wonders of this park -following the easy to use maps given at the ticket booths. Tea in the main tea house (including a free visit of this magnificent building) should be part of the experience. A couple of interesting museums close to the East entrance. One could easily spend a day in this park.

Visited April 2013
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“worth the trip”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
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