RITSURIN KOEN; "One step, one scenery"
The slogan “One step, One Scenery” describes in a few words Ritsurin Koen (Garden). In 1953 Ritsurin Koen in Takamatsu was designated a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty (Nihon no Tokubetsu Meishô). A garden that surprises in many ways. With its six ponds, thirteen mounds, hills and beautiful pavilions strategically placed to use Mt Shiun as a background this garden constantly offers new sceneries. Read more below...
The construction of Riutsin began in 1625 by Ikoma Takatoshi (1611-1659, Tenure: 1621-1640) lord of Sankui Province (todays Kagawa Prefecture). They started to build a garden around the south pond. The work was completed in 1745 by the by the Fifth Lord Matsudaira Yoritaka (Tenure; 1739-1771after more than 100 years of improvements and extensions made by the successive lords.
Ritsurin Garden is a “National Treasure of Japan” since 1953. In 2009 the garden was given three stars as the highest-rated, worth-visiting garden for sightseeing in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. This garden ranks amply on TOP of JAPAN as one of the best gardens in Japan, worth a visit. Travelling by train to Takamatsu takes only one hour from Okayama. Its area is 750.000 square metres (75 hectares/(185 acres).
From Takamatsu Station go to JR Ritsurinkoen Station (8 minutes ride) and you have another 8 minutes’ walk to the park.