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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, 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 in Japanese garden design.

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 the Kotohira Line from Takamatsu-Chikko Station to Ritsurinkoen Station (7 minutes, 190 yen, every 15 minutes), from where it is a ten minute walk to the park's main entrance.

By Japan Railways

Take a local train from JR Takamatsu Station in the 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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    • THE CHELSEA BREATH
      Mid-range
      Set in Takamatsu, 12 km from Sunport Takamatsu, THE CHELSEA BREATH offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. The air-conditioned rooms provide a garden view and come with a desk and free WiFi. At the hotel, every room has a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at THE CHELSEA BREATH can enjoy a Japanese breakfast. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Liminal Air-core Takamatsu is 12 km from THE CHELSEA BREATH, while Sunport Fountain is 12 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 5 km from the hotel.
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    • Ten to Sen Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Ten to Sen Guesthouse features air-conditioned guest accommodation in Takamatsu, 2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, 1.8 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2.1 km from Sunport Fountain. Featuring a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Cormorant Shrine is 7.1 km away and Yakurishion Christ Church is 7.8 km from the guest house. Featuring a shared bathroom with slippers, units at the guest house also have free WiFi, while some rooms come with a balcony. At the guest house, the units come with bed linen and towels. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 3.2 km from the guest house, while Asahi Green Park is 4.7 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from Ten to Sen Guesthouse.
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    • Setonejuan
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in a quiet neighbourhood, Setonejuan is located in Setonaikai Kokuritsuk?en. This guest house is a 35-minute drive from Takamatsu Station. Takamatsu castle is 35 minutes by car, while Takamatsu Ferry Terminal is a 40-minute drive away. Featuring free WiFi, Setonejuan offers pet-friendly accommodation. Some units have views of the sea or garden. You will find a shared lounge at the property. A selection of activities are offered in the area, such as cycling, fishing and hiking. The guest house also offers free use of bicycles. Naoshima Ferry Terminal is a 90-minute ferry ride away, while Shodoshima Olive Park is 2 hours via ferry. Takamatsu Airport is 22 km away.
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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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    • Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Offering garden views, Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse is an accommodation situated in Takamatsu, 1.4 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2.4 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu. Among the facilities at this property are luggage storage space and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house has family rooms. All units are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. There is also a well-fitted kitchen in some of the units equipped with a toaster, a stovetop, and kitchenware. At the guest house, units include bed linen and towels. There is a coffee shop and bar. Guests can keep up their exercise routines during yoga and fitness classes. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings and the guest house can arrange a car rental service. Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum is 2.4 km from Traditional Apartment Takamatsu Guesthouse, while Sunport Fountain is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sunny Day Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Sunny Day Hostel is set in Takamatsu, within 3.4 km of Asahi Green Park and 5.8 km of Cormorant Shrine. 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. Popular points of interest near Sunny Day Hostel include Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Sunport Fountain and Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. 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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    • Konyamachi Guest House Kuku
      Budget-friendly
      Konyamachi Guest House Kuku is set in Takamatsu, 1.3 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, 1.3 km from Sunport Fountain, and 2.4 km from Takamatsu Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. It is located 1.3 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and provides free WiFi plus private check-in and check-out. The guest house features family rooms. The units are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a toaster, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. There is also a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen equipped with a fridge, a stovetop, and kitchenware. All units include a private bathroom, a hair dryer and bed linen. Asahi Green Park is 4 km from the guest house, while Cormorant Shrine is 6.4 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 17 km from Konyamachi Guest House Kuku.
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    • Hotel Yuzuki
      Budget-friendly
      Offering city views, Hotel Yuzuki is an accommodation set in Takamatsu, 1.3 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine and 2 km from Liminal Air-core Takamatsu. This 1-star apartment offers a lift, private check-in and check-out and free WiFi. The apartment has family rooms. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hair dryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. At the apartment complex, units come with bed linen and towels. 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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