Easily accessible by foot, bus, or train from Takamatsu Station, Ritsurin Garden is renowned as one of the vastest and most beautiful Japanese gardens in the country.
Ritsurin Garden has a history of nearly 400 years, dating back to the 16th century when it was a small garden belonging to the Sato Clan. After the warlord Ikoma Takatoshi came into power, he decided to build a pond which would become the foundation for one of Ritsurin Garden’s most iconic views today. Not long after, the feudal lord Matsudaira Yorishige took over ownership of the garden, beginning the formation of this 16-hectare masterpiece that has thrived through generations.
Every morning as the sun rises, the garden gates open and welcome visitors to begin their day with a spiritual stroll down the paths of this Michelin-starred National Treasure of Japan. Admire the otherworldly elegance of pristine ponds spanned by wooden bridges. Bask in the layers of beauty formed by a variety of seasonal flowers, landscaped hills, and over a thousand pine trees that stand in perfect harmony with neighboring Mount Shiun.
One of the many highlights of Ritsurin Garden is the view from Hirai-ho Hill. This breathtaking vista—with the classical Edo period-style Kikugetsu-tei Teahouse at the far end, and the Engetsukyo Bridge and landscaped hills set artistically in Nanko Pond—will surely leave you speechless. To admire this tour-de-force from a close distance, hop onto one of the wasen traditional Japanese boats―this rare 30-minute cruise around the pond garden is an experience sure to bring you tranquility and inner peace.
Hours: Vary by season.
Adults: 410 yen
Children: 170 yen
Adults: 620 yen
Children: 310 yen
Address: 1-20-16 Ritsurincho, Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture
Airport: Takamatsu Airport
3-minute walk from JR Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi Station
10-minute walk from Kotoden Ritsurin Koen Station