A beautiful change of scenery with every step
Ritsurin Garden, a feudal strolling garden over 100 years in the making, was finally completed in 1745. Designated a “Special Place of Scenic Beauty”, Ritsurin Garden is recognized as a national treasure. The beauty of the garden is celebrated in the Japanese phrase ippo ikkei (“one step, one view”), which describes how walking through the garden you can enjoy a change of scenery with every step. Ritsurin Garden has also received three stars from the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Ritsurin Garden covers an area of 75 hectares, and within these spacious grounds you can enjoy 6 ponds and 13 artificial hills. Also, Takamatsu City is known as the top region for the production of pine bonsai in Japan, and fittingly, Ritsurin Garden is home to 1,400 pine trees tended to by gardeners, as well as a variety of seasonal flowers, such as cherry, plum, iris and lotus, as well as maple trees.
Stop by one of the many buildings located in the garden. At Kikugetsutei Teahouse, loved by successive generations of feudal lords, you can enjoy drinking matcha green tea while gazing at beautiful scenery resembling a painting. Upon entering the garden from the East Gate, on your right you'll find the Sanuki Folk Craft Museum and the Kagawa Commerce and Industry Promotion Hall, established as a museum in 1899, where folk art and specialty products of Kagawa are displayed.
How about taking an elegant Japanese boat ride around the South Pond? You'll feel like a feudal lord!
|Open||Jan 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Feb 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Mar 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Apr–May 5:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Jun–Aug 5:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sep 5:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Oct 6 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Nov 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Dec 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
|Closed||Open all year round|
|Admission Fee||Adult ￥410
*Discount for groups of 20 or more: Adult ￥330
Admission is free on January 1 and March 16
*Child admission fee is applicable to elementary and middle school students. Admission is free for preschool-aged children.
|Parking||Paid (accommodates large buses)|
Nearby Sightseeing Spots
Kagawa Prefectural Government Office East Building
Tamamo Park, Historic Site of Takamatsu Castle
The Kagawa Museum
Sunport Takamatsu (Takamatsu Port Area)
Mt. Yashima Night View
Shikoku Mura (Shikoku Folk House Museum)
Takamatsu Bonsai Center
Takeshi Kawashima Art Factory
Meiro no Machi and MeiPAM
Seto Ohashi Commemorative Park
Kagawa Prefectural Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum
Sanuki Manno Park