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Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu

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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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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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  • Ritsurin garden has exceeded our expectations. It has everything you would expect from a Japanese garden and the attention to detail was exquisite. It is large enough to keep you interested for a coup...  more »
  • It is not a famous destination but is definitely worth visiting. Rita iron park is one of the most beautiful garden in Japan - could be nicer than any other famous gardens like Kenroku en or Koraku en...  more »
  • This is the number one attraction in Takamatsu and definitely a must-visit park. A lot of Bonsai trees and the area is quite large; separate in 2 trails (North and South), each about 1hr walk. A lot o...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.