This post contains 10 beautiful pictures of the Ritsurin Garden.
It was raining hard when we reached the garden.
The super typhoon Neoguri has just passed us by, heading towards Osaka and Tokyo.
The rain was pouring and some of us decided not to walk the garden. For a moment, I hesitated too, as I may be unable to take pictures in the rain.
But the garden was so attractive that I just couldn’t resist getting into it.
Ritsurin Garden (栗林公園 Ritsurin Kōen, lit. chestnut grove garden) is one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan. The garden is situated in the city of Takamatsu and is considered one of its main attractions.
It is a Daimyo’s garden, a garden that was designated as a special beauty spot in Japan in March 1953.
It is the largest, representative “Kaiyushiki-teien” (landscape garden designated for strolling through).
The garden has many lotus and water lilies, but unfortunately, most of the flowers were deformed by the heavy rain.
The garden contains a tea house, various folk art and craft exhibits (including the Sanuki Folk Craft Museum), as well as various folk art and craft items for sale.
We stopped by the teahouse and had a delightful bowl of green tea with a chest nut cake as dessert.
A tour through the garden generally takes one to two hours. There are various bridges, footpaths and small hills which offer a beautiful view of the garden and the surrounding scenery, most notably Mt. Shiun (紫雲山 Shiun-zan) at the western border of the garden.
There are many scenes of pines and other trees dripping down to the water- something which I am not tired of photographing.
Have seen many bridges on this trip to Shikoku, this timber arch bridge in the garden is a view not to be missed. Even in the rain, there are tourists standing on the bridge with their umbrellas.
In some locations, we have to cross the streams.
I was happy to step on the flat stepping stones while watching the color pebbles and the water flowing past. They seem more like a work of art to me.
So, this is just another walk in paradise!