Ritsurin Garden (栗林公園)
This famous landscape garden is located in Takamatsu. Built during the Edo Period, it is one of the city’s main attractions designed to make you feel serenity.
It’s one of the most prettiest gardens I’ve visited, compared to the Suizenji Jojuen Garden in Kumamoto and Kenrokuen in Kanazawa…I can’t forget it, I would love to visit more Japanese gardens before I make this one my favourite but, so far…it is by far the one I love the most.
The different shades of green painted all over the landscape with only one blushing red round bush in the middle near the wooden arched bridge, makes it stand out as a memorable place. There were also many BIG koi fishes and they were so adorable, sucking on the rocks and making popping sounds. You can also take a river boat ride, and grab some food at the small shop whilst enjoying the view.
Getting here is very easy. I walked half an hour from the station, it’s just a straight walk. But on the way back I took the local bus. Alternatively you could take the train, but because it was such a lovely sunny day I wanted to leg-it and see more. The garden isn’t free, and it’ll cost 410 yen per adult. When I arrived in the morning, it was very quiet so I was very happy that it wasn’t swamped with tourists as I had imagined.
Overall, I had so much fun exploring.