Ritsurin Garden

Nobuyuki Tanaka

Sep 8, 2017

Ritsurin Garden, located in the city of Takamatsu, Kagawa, was originally established by daimyo, the heads of notable families back in the Edo period. The garden is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and its cherry, Japanese bush clover and plum flowers can be enjoyed in all four seasons, earning it the honor of being named as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.

On your visit, you’ll be able to enter two separate smaller gardens to appreciate their different faces: the south part with a traditional Japanese-style garden, and the north part with an open air Western-inspired Meiji style.

If you’ve been keeping yourself busy since arriving in Japan, consider visiting the garden to relax amongst the lush greenery, six ponds and 13 artificial mountains throughout the grounds.

Planning your visit? The garden is just three minutes away from the JR Ritsurin Garden North Gate Station. Entry costs just 410 yen per adult, and you can even get a free guided tour from a volunteer guide. Take note that the garden’s opening hours change depending on the season; for example, in September, the garden opens from 5:30am to 6:00pm.

栗林公園(ritsurin garden)(大人410円)は、香川県高松市に造られた県立の日本庭園(japanese garden)です。国の特別名勝地(tokubetumeisyouti)に指定されています。桜(sakura)、萩(hagi)と梅(ume)など、四季折々(sikioriori)の花の名所が点在する大名庭園(daimyouteien)で、日本の三大名園(sandaimeien)にも劣らないと言われています。とくに、紫雲山(shiunzan)を借景にした回遊式(kaiyusiki)日本庭園で、広大な日本式の南庭と、開放的な明治洋風の北庭に分かれた2つの世界観を楽しめるのが贅沢です。なかには6つの池と13の築山があり、緑の豊かさにあっという間に癒されてしまいます!日本に来て慌ただしく旅行をしてきた人は、穏やかな時間が流れる栗林公園でリフレッシュするのがおすすめです!開園時間は時期によって様々ですが、9月は5時半から18時半までの入園が可能。JR栗林公園北口駅から徒歩3分で到着です。無料でボランティアガイドが案内をしてくれるので、思い切って声をかけて案内してもらいましょう。

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