Ritsurin Garden is a famous historical garden situated in the city of Takamatsu. It is designated as a “Special Place of Scenic Beauty” in Japan which was created in the latter half of the 16th century. It took 200 years for the garden to be nurtured into its present exquisite refinement. With its scenic tapestry of ponds and hills, it is a great place to tour around!
Ikoma Takatoshi, a feudal lord of Takamatsu, commanded the construction of Ritsurin in 1625. It was initially built by local rulers but was later given under the care of Matsudaira family, a Japanese samurai clan. It was opened to the public on March 16, 1875 after several years of renovations and improvements. Successive lords helped in enhancing the place which took a long time to nurture. It has been acclaimed worldwide for its representative style and atmosphere of the Edo era.
The garden has a circuit-style design covering a total of 750,000 square meters. There are several footpaths threading through the place which allows visitors to walk around and have a view. Features of the garden include a tea house called Kikugetsu-tei (located in the southern section), Hakomatsu (an elaborate way of showing off black pine trees in different figures and shapes), Hiraiho (an artificial hill), a wild duck hunting moat, and a western and southern lake. The garden is set right in front of Mt. Shiun which gives it a borrowed scenery and backdrop. The park also features several ponds and streams where beautiful koi fishes swim. Visitors are allowed to sit and feed the fish by purchasing some bread sticks at the tea house. Other park features include museums, shops, and rest houses where guests can take a break amidst watching the gardens’ beauty.
It is said that you can tour the whole place in no more than 2 hours. Treat yourself to a lovely day out by enjoying the garden’s beautiful surrounding scenery.