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).

ritsurin garden