Ritsurin Garden

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Japanese script: 栗林公園
Area: Kagawa
Address: 1 Chome-20-16 Ritsurinchō, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken 760-0073, Japan [map]
Phone: +81 87-833-7411 +81 87-833-7411
Access: 494 m from Ritsurin-Kōen-Kitaguchi Kōtoku Line
0.9 km from Ritsurin Station Kōtoku Line
Hours: December, January: 7am-5pm February: 7am-5:30pm March: 6:30am-6pm April, May, September: 5:30am-6:30pm June, July, August: 5:30am-7:00pm October: 6:00am-5:30pm November: 6:30am-5:00pm
Admission: Adults: ¥410
Children: ¥170
Parking options: Parking available
Accessibility options: Premises are wheelchair accessible
Website: https://www.my-kagawa.jp/en/ritsurin/
ritsurin garden kagawa
Photo by Chris Kirkland

Even if you’re not an enthusiast of Japanese gardens, it’s well worth making Ritsurin Garden a stop on your travels should you be staying in Takamatsu. It offers a smorgasbord of Japanese Garden features, including cherry blossom, plum blossom, shaped bushes, square pines, ponds with Koi fish, wooden bridges, and—if you’re lucky—a kimono-clad couple or two strolling around.

ritsurin garden
Photo by Chris Kirkland

The place opens early, and closes around sunset. Volunteer guides, recorded audio guides and coin lockers are available. Wheelchairs, baby strollers and walkers can be borrowed free of charge for use in the garden.

ritsurin garden kagawa
Photo by Chris Kirkland

Of special note to cheapos: Free Admission days are January 1 (New Year’s Day) and March 16 (Opening Day Anniversary).

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