Tamamo Park, Historic Site of Takamatsu Castle
Sea bream swim in the moat of this castle by the sea
One of the "Three Great Water Castles of Japan" (castles that use sea water from the nearby ocean in their moat), the historic site of Takamatsu Castle is now open as a park. It is also known as Tamamo Castle.
A popular way to visit is on the wooden boats that travel up the moats, which are connected to the ocean. In addition to enjoying the castle from the water, you can also experience feeding the sea bream that swim in the moat.
Inside the park, the hiunkaku is a reconstructed building bringing together the residence of the castle lord and the guest annex. This beautiful building, combining Japanese tradition and Western techniques, is registered as an Important Cultural Property. The building faces the karesansui tei-en, a type of garden that uses rocks, boulders and sand to represent water and mountain scenery. Currently, it is rented out for tea ceremonies and other gatherings.
There are many events held here, such as the spring cherry blossom viewing and the plant market. In the autumn there is the chrysanthemum exhibit. This site holds a special place in the hearts of the local people.
|Open||West Gate: sunrise to sunset (varies by month)
Apr–Sep 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Oct–Mar 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
|Admission Fee||Adult ￥200
Child (6–16) ￥100
Child (5 or younger) Free
*Discount for groups of 20 or more
Free admission at night during cherry blossom viewing season
|Parking||Free (accommodates 1 large bus)
|URL||http://www.takamatsujyo.com/ （Japanese Only)|