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With three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan, it is a nationally and internationally well-regarded park. It is said that this park is as beautiful as Japan's three famous parks. Although Kagawa is the smallest prefecture in Japan, this park is the largest in Japan. Separated into south garden and north garden, there are 6 ponds and 13 small hills inside. A variety of trees and flowers are planted inside the park. Therefore it looks amazing everywhere and in any season. It is worth visiting this meticulously maintained park to see Japanese beauty. Volunteer workers will guide you in this place for free. Furthermore, there are various restaurants and souvenir shops inside the park. You can also taste the specialty of Kagawa, udon, in the restaurants nearby.
- 1-20-16 Ritsurincho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from Ritsurin Koen Station on Kotoden line 3-min walk from Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi Station on JR line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 120 min
- Admission fee
- Adults 410 yen
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Garden with different sights at every step
Ritsurin Park is known as the park where the perspective changes dramatically as you walk around. It is because the large garden is beautifully arranged, so that you can enjoy the changing sights as you walk in different areas. The garden also changes its appearances at different times of day and in different seasons. Therefore, you will discover something different every time you visit here.
Kikugetsu-tei, the most beautiful building
Known as the most elegant and beautiful building in the park, Kikugetsu-tei is a tea house without an entrance hall. Instead, four sides of the room are all facing front. The lake looks beautiful from the well-illuminated room of the tea house. In addition to enjoying tea with sweets with the view of the garden, you can also have lunch here if you reserve in advance.
Watch "Engetsu-kyo" from "Hiraiho"
Hiraiho is an artificial hill, modeled after the most beautiful mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji. From the hilltop, you can see a great view of Engetsu-kyo bridge on the south lake. It is also a popular spot for taking pictures. You can capture the true beauty of Ritsurin Park from here.
Circulate the lake on a Japanese boat
The generations of lords who occupied this garden are said to enjoy its view by taking a ride on a boat and circulate around the lake. With the excursion on Japanese boats on South lake, you can circulate the south lake as the boatman explains each place you pass. Why don't you enjoy the view of the garden from the lake? (Adult: 600 yen, Elementary and middle school students: 300 yen)
Restaurants inside the park
Inside Ritsurin Park, there are restaurants serving quick snacks such as udon or ice cream. In addition, some restaurants serve meals and there are also charming tea houses. It would be a great experience to enjoy meals while admiring the beautiful garden.