Nakazu Banshoen Garden and Marugame Museum of Art

Former villa for the Lord of Marugame that took a century to build

In 1688, the lord of the Marugame Domain, second generation of the Kyogoku family, ordered that a 50,000 square meter garden be built on the shore of the Seto Inland Sea.

The garden recalls scenery in Omi (modern-day Shiga Prefecture), ancestral home of the ruling Kyogoku family. Visitor can cross bridges connecting the eight small islands as they stroll through the garden.

Of the many sights here, the 600-year-old umbrella-shaped pine is a must-see, with a canopy 15 meters across—take a peek at the umbrella shape of the tree from below. Other popular photo spots include the 30-meter-long Yogetsubashi Bridge, whose vermilion coat reflects in the pond below, and the passageway of over 100 torii gates leading to the Inarisha Shrine. The shrine is a branch of the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto, famous for its thousands of torii gates. Within the garden is an art museum built to resemble a single-story teahouse, which displays 19th century French paintings and pottery from Iraq and Iran.

Relax and enjoy views of the garden as you dine at the adjacent Kaifutei restaurant.

Connecting with Nature Inspiring Art

Basic Information

Address 丸亀市中津町25-1
Open 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.)
Closed Wednesdays
*See website for schedule during New Years holidays
Admission Fee Garden:
Adult ¥700
Elementary or middle school ¥300
Art museum:
Adult ¥500
Elementary or middle school ¥300
Parking Free (accommodates large buses)

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