Shikoku Sights

Ritsurin-koen (Ritsurin Garden)

  • 1–20–16 Ritsurin-cho Map It
  • Takamatsu
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

Built by a feudal lord in the 17th century, this garden became public property after the 19th-century Meiji Restoration and is now a registered National Treasure. With 75 total acres, 16 of them landscaped, Ritsurin contains close to 1,000 sculpted pine trees, six carp-filled lakes, and two wooden teahouses where samurai used to gather to perform tea ceremonies and compose haiku. Give yourself at least two hours to stroll through the garden, and don't miss Kikugetsu-tei teahouse, which serves green tea and snacks daily from 9 to 4:30, with lunch also available in spring and autumn (reservation only). The garden is especially peaceful in the early morning or late afternoon. English maps are provided at the entrance. Audio guides cost ¥200, but if you book at least a week in advance you might be able to engage a free volunteer guide who speaks English.

Sight Information

Address:

1–20–16 Ritsurin-cho, Takamatsu, 760-0073, Japan

Map It

Phone:

087-833–7411

Sight Details:

  • ¥410
  • Daily sunrise–sunset

Published 12/10/2015

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