Ritsurin Garden (designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty)

Botanical Garden
Situated in the eastern foothills of Shiun-zan (Mt. Shiun), Ritsurin Garden was formerly the garden of a daimyo (feudal lord), and is now a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Of the gardens in Japan that are designated as Special Places of Scenic Beauty, this is one of the largest. The Garden comprises the North Garden, which was completed in modern times, and the South Garden, which features a circuitous path round a pond. With the verdant greenery of Mt. Shiun as a backdrop, the Ritsurin Garden is beautifully laid out, with six ponds and thirteen artificial hills; in every season (spring, summer, autumn and winter) the garden has its own unique majesty. There are a number of places to stop and rest within the garden, including the Higurashi-tei teahouse and the Ritsurin-an shop, which sells local specialty products from various parts of Kagawa Prefecture. The garden can be reached by bus from JR Takamatsu Station; get off at the “Ritsurin Garden” stop.

Spot details

Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ritsurinchou 1-20-16
7:00-17:00(Depends on the season)
open everyday
[Admission fee]Adults410yen, Elementary and junior high school students170yen, Pre-schoolersFree
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay)
Available (Smoking place Available)
English Menu
Average budget
[Day] 1-1,000yen [Night] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Amazingly beautiful
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.03.30
    Although Ritsurin Park is not among “three renowned gardens” of Japan, it is in my opinion one of the most beautiful gardens. It is even worth making a detour and visiting Takamatsu just for this...
  • stunning garden.
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.02.10
    we visited in oct. of 2019. covid washed over my life and its taken me till now to write this.takamatsu, on the island of shikoku, was our second stop on our back to japan to explore trip, rather...
  • Beautiful and Massive Garden
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.10.13
    The Ritsurin Garden was one of the reasons I decided to visit Takamatsu and it was my first stop. This lovely garden/park is massive and needs a few hours minimum to explore. There is a small fee to...

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