mit_souko (mit_souko) wrote,

Ritsurin koen, Takamatsu

My last stop on Shikoku was Takamatsu, where I unfortunately had only one afternoon. I was planning to visit Ritsurin Koen, one of the best gardens in Japan. I was staying at a hotel by the station. From there, it is about 2.5km to Ritsurin. One has the choice of taking a local train, or walking. In the latter case, I suggest going down the shopping arcades, which start near the castle [not far from the station] and finish near the garden. They are over 2km long, and supposed to be the longest in Japan.

I truly liked this garden. Of course, it didn't hurt that it was a nice sunny day!

near the entrance, cypresses and cherry trees

a mass of irises

a view of the hills

part of the tea house

a couple of bridges nearby

Another bridge. The lake is quite large and free form, so there are a number of bridges.

irises in a stream, which has wonderfully clear water

an unexpected group of sago palms [at least, I think that's what they are]

one more bridge.

This is a really beautiful garden, but it is huge. In addition, I got lost at some point and had to retrace my steps. So, after wandering about for a long time, I was completely exhausted and opted to just take a taxi back. There is a lovely pastry shop in the lobby of the hotel, where I purchased the delicious cakes necessary to recover.

The next day I had the long train ride back to Tokyo, and one last day of shopping before heading home.


  • Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

    At the end of March we visited a state park about an hour's drive norhtwest of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire. The name is a bit overdramatic,…

  • Canyon de Chelly.

    We spent time looking at the many ruins. Virtually every cave has ruins. Some have crumbled, but in most cases they remain, with the walls fairly…

  • A short trip to Northern Arizona

    I spent last week in Northern Arizona, for a return visit to some ancient sites I particularly like. We went north from Flagstaff to the Cameron…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.