Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu

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#1 of 197 in Parks in Shikoku
Built during the nation's feudal period, Ritsurin Park remains one of the most popular green spaces in the region. More than a century of work went into these lush gardens from the 1640s onwards, and you'll find that the builders intentionally used the surrounding hills to frame and accent their artificial ponds. Explore the garden's footpaths, passing under canopies of trees and over arched wooden bridges. After wandering, kick back in the park's traditional teahouse, which dates to the 17th century and treats visitors to thick shade, comfort, and refreshments with a view of the pond. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Takamatsu holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ritsurin Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Japanese garden. Very nice for those who have not yet visited Japanese Gardens, but there are as many in Japan and got to see beautiful anymore (e.g. kanzwa). Therefore not be reached, but only if you are already in town.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Most famous must be the chestnut forest park in Takamatsu, individual park kind of full of different kind of pine trees, in the summer of calculations in the future is a green oil. Because it covers too place, so think you all individual park said must predict at least four little hours, slowly Hin 賞 beauty.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I thought saying and didn't know about Kagawa, through Garden Park, rather than the right. Very clean, so take a look at.
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  • April 23, 2017
    This is a great place to visit regardless of the season. Entry is cheap and the garden is well maintained. During cherry blossom season and autumn it is open at night with the main attractions lit up. There are also various walking tracks around the garden as detailed on the information map. If you live in the surrounding area it would be worth buying a year pass as this is a great place to go for a morning run. If you are visiting Takamatsu, then this place is a must!
  • May 17, 2017
    This may be the best park I've ever visited in Japan! It is large, gorgeous, and very easy to meander around. There is even a wheelchair friendly path. I came on a misty, overcast day but it was still very enjoyable. I would recommend this place to families and couples alike.
  • July 9, 2017
    This is a great place to see many beautiful gardens. It is very calming and relaxing as you walk around the park. Definitely a place I'd visit again.
  • May 18, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful. A must. Local guides speaking English may be available​ if you are lucky. Accessible to wheelchairs. A big souvenir shop features pretty much all the local products.
  • June 14, 2017
    Good place for relax. I always come to this place, all around me make me feel good. Everywhere in this garden also beautiful and nature.

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Where to stay in Takamatsu

The second most populous city in Shikoku and home to a major port, Takamatsu has a range of accommodations to cater to various needs and budgets. Cheap business hotels with saunas can be found around the train station and Ritsurin Garden, while luxurious modern hotels sit near the Sun Port area north of the garden. Guesthouses are scattered around the downtown area. The business focus of Takamatsu has led to an ever-increasing number of boutique hotels.
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