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Ritsurin Koen (Iь) is a landscape garden in Takamatsu City, built by the local feudal lords during the early Edo Period. Considered one of the best gardens in Japan, it is often suggested that Ritsurin Koen deserves a spot on the list of the "three most beautiful gardens of Japan" alongside Kanazawa's Kenrokuen, Mito's Kairakuen, and Okayama's Korakuen.

The spacious park features many ponds, hills, historic trees and beautiful pavilions divided into a Japanese style garden in the south and western style garden in the north. The gardens are set in front of wooded Mt. Shiun which serves as a wonderful background and great example of borrowed scenery.

Inside the park are a number of facilities including a folk museum, shops and a few resthouses where you can take a break and enjoy some refreshments amidst the beauty of the garden. Of particular note is the Kikugetsu-tei teahouse in the southwest part of the gardens where, for a small fee, you can enter and enjoy some tea on its verandas overlooking the ponds.

Getting there and around

Ritsurin Koen lies two kilometers south of JR Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Castle. The Shopping Arcades run nearly the entire way from there to the garden. Alternatively, it is most easily accessed by Kotoden or JR train.

By Kotoden

Take a train along the Kotohira Line from Takamatsu-Chikko Station to Ritsurinkoen Station (7 minutes, 190 yen, 4 trains per hour). From there, it is a ten minute walk to the park's main entrance.

By Japan Railways

Take a local train from JR Takamatsu Station in direction of Tokushima to Ritsurinkoen-Kitaguchi Station (5 minutes, 210 yen, 2 trains per hour). From there, the park's north gate can be reached in a five minute walk.

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    • Guest House Wakabaya
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Wakabaya is situated in Takamatsu, a 5-minute walk away from Hanazono Station of the Kotoden Nagao Line. The Kotoden Nagao Line can be accessed from Takamatsu-Chikko Station. Takamatsu-Chikko Station is a 3-minute walk from both JR Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Port. A limousine bus is available from Takamatsu Airport, and takes approximately 40-minutes from the airport to Kawaramachi Station. From Kawaramachi Station, guests can take the Kotoden Line to Hanazono Station. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a shared bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Guest House Wakabaya features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen at the property. The guest house also offers bike hire at a charge. Takamatsu Port and the downtown area are respectively a 25-minute and 10-minute bike ride away.
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    • Sunny Day Hostel
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      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Sunny Day Hostel is situated in Takamatsu, 1.4 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 1.5 km from Sunport Fountain. With a bar, the 2-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hostel has family rooms. The rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. The hostel offers a sun terrace. Popular points of interest near Sunny Day Hostel include Kitahamaebisu Shrine, Kitahama Alley Shopping Street and Sunport Takamatsu. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • Ten to Sen Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a terrace, Ten to Sen Guesthouse is set in Takamatsu in the Kagawa region, 2 km from Sunport Takamatsu and 2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Attractions in the area include Matakiteno, 2.2 km away, or Kitahama Alley Shopping Street, located 2.3 km from the property. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, and certain units at the guest house have a balcony. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Sunport Fountain is 2.1 km from Ten to Sen Guesthouse, while Kitahamaebisu Shrine is 2.2 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
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    • Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Takamatsu, within 1.4 km of Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 1.6 km of Kitahama Alley Shopping Street, Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse features accommodation with a bar and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is set 2.4 km from Sunport Takamatsu, 2.4 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 2.5 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. The guest house has family rooms. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. Selected rooms also boast a kitchen with a minibar, a stovetop and a toaster. The units have bed linen. The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at the guest house. Sunport Fountain is 2.5 km from Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse, while Matakiteno is 2.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU
      Luxury
      Located within 1.6 km of Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 1.8 km of Sunport Takamatsu, FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU provides rooms in Takamatsu. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU each room includes bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kitahamaebisu Shrine, Kitahama Alley Shopping Street and Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 14 km from FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU.
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    • Hotel Yuzuki
      Budget-friendly
      Offering city views and free WiFi, Hotel Yuzuki offers accommodation ideally located in Takamatsu, within a short distance of Kitahamaebisu Shrine, Kitahama Alley Shopping Street and Sunport Takamatsu. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. Liminal Air-core Takamatsu is 2 km from the apartment, while Sunport Fountain is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from Hotel Yuzuki.
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    • WeBase TAKAMATSU
      Mid-range
      Set in Takamatsu, 1.4 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, WeBase TAKAMATSU offers air-conditioned accommodation and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy city views. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. Popular points of interest near WeBase TAKAMATSU include Kitahama Alley Shopping Street, Sunport Takamatsu and Liminal Air-core Takamatsu. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from the accommodation. Please note that the hotel will undergo a scheduled room maintenance between 10F to 11F on the following dates: 1st September 2021 - around the end of October.
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    • Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring features accommodation in Takamatsu near Kitahamaebisu Shrine and Matakiteno. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All rooms in Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring are fitted with a flat-screen TV and slippers. Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sunport Takamatsu, Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and Sunport Fountain. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring.
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    • Royal Park Hotel Takamatsu
      Luxury
      Offering modern rooms with a Simmons bed, a flat-screen satellite TV and free wired internet, Royal Park Hotel is a 5-minute drive from JR Takamatsu Train Station. Massages and bicycles are available. Each air-conditioned room at Royal Park Hotel Takamatsu includes a fridge and an electric kettle with roasted green tea. You can watch pay TV programmes or unwind with a hot bath. Toiletries are provided. Tamamo Park is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Ritsurin Park is 1.5 km away, and Takamatsu Airport is about a 30-minute drive. There is the 24-hour front desk, which offers luggage storage. Free-use internet stations are on site. Staying guests have access to the property's Club Lounge. Services include tea and some snacks between 15:00 - 18:00,alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and some snacks between 18:00 - 20:00, and from 20:00 - 22:00, the lounge will operate as a bar, serving alcoholic beverages and some snacks.
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    • Konyamachi Guest House Kuku
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Takamatsu, within 1.2 km of Sunport Takamatsu and 1.2 km of Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Konyamachi Guest House Kuku offers free WiFi. The property is set 1.5 km from Kitahama Alley Shopping Street, 2.4 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum and 4 km from Asahi Green Park. The guest house features family rooms. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. The guest house provides certain units that include a safety deposit box, and every room has a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. All guest rooms feature bed linen. Popular points of interest near Konyamachi Guest House Kuku include Sunport Fountain, Kitahamaebisu Shrine and Matakiteno. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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