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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.

How to get to and around Takamatsu

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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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    • Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Takamatsu and within 1.4 km of Kitahamaebisu Shrine, Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse has a bar, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is set 2.4 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, 2.4 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum and 2.5 km from Sunport Fountain. The accommodation features a concierge service, a tour desk and luggage storage for guests. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. Selected rooms also boast a kitchen with a stovetop and a toaster. At the guest house the rooms have bed linen and towels. The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse. Asahi Green Park is 4 km from the accommodation, while Cormorant Shrine is 6.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse.
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    • FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU
      Luxury
      Located 1.3 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU offers 4-star accommodation in Takamatsu and features a terrace. The property is set 2.3 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum, 2.4 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 2.4 km from Sunport Fountain. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, 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. Asahi Green Park is 3.8 km from the accommodation, while Cormorant Shrine is 6.2 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from FAV HOTEL TAKAMATSU.
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    • Ten to Sen Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Takamatsu and with Liminal Air-core Takamatsu reachable within 2 km, Ten to Sen Guesthouse offers a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a terrace. The property is located 1.8 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, 2.1 km from Sunport Fountain and 3.2 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. Asahi Green Park is 4.7 km from the guest house and Cormorant Shrine is 7.1 km away. All rooms are complete with a shared bathroom and air conditioning, and some rooms come with a balcony. At the guest house all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Yakurishion Christ Church is 7.8 km from Ten to Sen Guesthouse, while Naritasanshodaiji Temple is 8.1 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sunny Day Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Sunny Day Hostel is set in Takamatsu, 1.2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 1.3 km from Sunport Fountain. With a bar, the 2-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is situated 600 metres from Kitahamaebisu Shrine. The rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. The hostel offers a sun terrace. Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 1.7 km from Sunny Day Hostel, while Asahi Green Park is 3.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • Comfort Hotel Takamatsu
      Budget-friendly
      Situated 2.1 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Comfort Hotel Takamatsu offers 2-star accommodation in Takamatsu and has free bikes. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. 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 fridge, a safety deposit box, a TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Comfort Hotel Takamatsu the rooms come with bed linen and towels. The daily breakfast offers buffet, continental or American options. Kitahamaebisu Shrine is 2 km from the accommodation, while Sunport Fountain is 2.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from Comfort Hotel Takamatsu.
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    • Hotel Yuzuki
      Budget-friendly
      Set 1.3 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Hotel Yuzuki in Takamatsu offers air-conditioned accommodation with views of the city and free WiFi. Each unit has an equipped kitchen, a living room with a sofa bed and flat-screen TV and private bathroom with free toiletries and a bidet. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. Sunport Fountain is 2.1 km from the apartment, while Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 2.3 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
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring is situated in Takamatsu, 1.8 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 1.8 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine. 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 free toiletries. Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Sunport Fountain is 1.9 km from the accommodation, while Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring.
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