Like a feudal lord of the past, one can enjoy views of the garden that can only be seen from aboard the relaxing Japanese-style wasen boat ride, led by one of the garden's boat guides.
Fare: ¥620/adult, ¥310/child
Operation Hours: From 9:00am to 4:30pm (From November to January, the final departure time is 4:00pm)
One of the garden's best views can be enjoyed from the top of this tall landscaped hill that was made to resemble Mt. Fuji. The view facing Nanko Pond, Kikugetsu-tei Teahouse, and Engetsukyo Bridge with Mt. Shuin in the backdrop is famously beautiful and one of the highlights of Ritsurin Garden.
This large teahouse is one of the main buildings of the garden, and was dearly beloved by the successive generations of feudal lords of the Takamatsu Domain. The name “Kikugetsu” comes from a line in a Chinese poem from the Tang Dynasty, which reads, “When I scoop up the water, I hold the moon in my hands.” Views of the Nanko Pond from the teahouse are suberb.
This Japanese white pine, originally a miniature bonsai that the 11th Tokugawa Shogun presented to the Takamatsu Domain in 1833, has grown into a large tree.
This small teahouse, formerly called Kohan-tei, was originally built around 1700. After changing its name and location in and out of the garden a few times, it was finally moved to the present location in 1945. This building is culturally and historically valuable, as it represents the style of daimyo teahouse of the early Edo period.
Originally built as Kagawa Prefectural Museum in 1899, the Hall includes the Main Building, West Building, East Building, and North Building, all connected by corridors. Information on the history of Ritsurin Garden and local traditional crafts is available inside. On the 2nd floor of the Main Building, furniture created by the world-reknowned furniture designer and architect George Nakashima is on display, and great views of the North Garden can be enjoyed from the balcony.
A variety of folk crafts are on display, including Kagawa rihei-yaki ceramics, wooden items, Kagawa lacquer ware and laquered papier-mache, Takamatsu Hariko dolls, and traditional tools that were once commonly used by ordinary people for their daily activities.
Hours: From 8:30am to 5:00pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)