Below is a list of popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami) in and around Takamatsu, including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Ritsurin Koen

Early April
15 minute walk from Kotoden Ritsurinkoen Station
Hours: 5:30 to 18:30 (April)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 410 yen
The Japanese style pond garden of Ritsurin Koen features only a relatively small number of cherry trees. More trees and lawned areas for picnics are found in the Western style half of the park.

Takamatsu Castle (Tamamo Park)

Early April
A short walk from JR Takamatsu Station
Hours: 5:30 to 18:30 (April)
Closed: No closing days in spring
Admission: 200 yen
A few dozen cherry trees stand in the lawned area of Tamamo Park's southwestern corner. The corner is named Sakuranobaba after its former function as horse riding grounds.

Megijima Island••

Early April
20 minute ferry ride from Takamatsu Port (370 yen one way)
Hundreds of cherry trees are planted around the mountaintop park of Megijima's tallest peak, where the island's ogre caves are also located. The park's location affords wonderful views over the Seto Inland Sea. More trees line the street that leads from the ferry terminal up the mountain.

Near Takamatsu

Marugame Castle

Early April
30-60 minutes outside of Takamatsu by JR train
Located in Marugame City, a 30-60 minute train ride west of Takamatsu, Marugame Castle features almost 1000 cherry trees around its hilltop location, overlooking the city and the Seto Inland Sea. Marugame Castle is one of only twelve castles in Japan whose keeps have survived the post-feudal era intact.

Kompira Shrine

Early April
One hour outside of Takamatsu by Kotoden or JR train
Located in Kotohira, a one hour train ride outside of Takamatsu, Kompira Shrine is famous for its long approach involving many stone stairs. Many cherry trees are planted along the approach.

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