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“Why is this not one of the top 3 gardens in Japan?”
Review of Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden
Ranked #1 of 139 things to do in Takamatsu
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ritsurin Garden is a superb cultural asset that conveys the characteristics of the daimyo strolling gardens that were typically seen in the 17th and 18th century. A daimyo strolling garden is a type of traditional Japanese garden in which ponds and hills are expertly constructed over a vast tract of land, and you can enjoy the garden's space as you leisurely walk around inside.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Why is this not one of the top 3 gardens in Japan?”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Do visit Takamatsu on Shikoku Island and head straight for RITSURIN Garden. It is a one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen in Japan. My daughter, who accompanied me and has lived in Japan for 5 years, has visited 2 out of the Top 3 Gardens in Japan and can't understand why this garden is not included. It is not only the flowers that make this special but some other serene quality that makes this worthy of a visit. Perhaps it is the layout. Perhaps it is the way it is positioned against a backdrop of a steep wooded mountain. Perhaps it is because this is a traditional Japanese garden and a magnificent Crane has just come into view on the edge of the placid lake. What a photo opportunity! We visited the garden in early May. The Azaleas were just starting to blossom and only a few other varieties were out as well. Do not let this put you off. There is so much else to see including the colourful carp that congregate around the Fugan end of the lake with the Crescent Moon Bridge. We intended staying a couple of hours in the morning but by lunch time we still had more to see and we loved the atmosphere so much that we asked at the gate if we could exit and then return with food to lunch in the gardens. This wasn't a problem and we returned to spend another hour or so. The entrance cost for adults is ¥400 (approx. A$4.40). It will be the best $4.00 you ever spent!

Visited May 2014
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“Voted our clear number 2 garden on our gardens of Japan trip”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

We are spending 16 days travelling around the gardens of Japan and also visiting key art sites and museums.

We travelled, for a half day, on the ferry(1 hour each way) from Naioshima island,and this worked really well as we spent a super couple of days doing the art and architecture on Naioshima and then were able to visit these terrific gardens in the same 2 days.

These gardens are really lovely, with a terrific backdrop of the nearby mountains/hills. Our group view was that they were only just bested ( if that is English!) by the gardens in Kanazawa.

Visited May 2014
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“Magnificent manicured park”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Any place they spend 4 days pruning one tree, has to be a park worth seeing. Go to Takamatsu, have a bowl of sanuki udon, spent an hour or two at the park, and what a day!

Visited May 2014
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“Go here in Takamatsu”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

This is a beautiful and peaceful traditional Japanese garden.
Hundreds of years old and well maintained, this garden is a surprise to find in a small city such as Takamatsu. It features winding paths, manicured trees, lakes, bridges, waterfalls and tea houses. It beats most of the gardens in Kyoto and Tokyo hands down.
I visited last in the afternoon as the light softened - a beautiful experience.

Visited April 2014
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“Leave all you troubles behind”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

A must see if you go to Takamatsu is Ritsurin Garden, which is very large and one of the most (if not the most) tranquil and beautiful parks I've ever visited; had we had the time I would most definitely have gone back and spent the morning there again. The Tea House is beautiful and you can even take a boat ride on the lake. We went off season and almost had the whole park to ourselves but even at the height of the season I'm sure you could find a tranquil place to relax and take the morning air.

Visited April 2014
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