There is no denying that the Japanese have an art when it comes to creating Japanese gardens (日本庭園 nihon teien). The unique plant life and landscapes the Japanese people shape in their Gardens make them the ideal tourist destination, there is no shortage either with so many garden to choose from across the whole of Japan. While each garden is unique and special in it’s own way, there is one thing that a visit to a Japanese Garden will ensure, you’ll leave feeling happier, healther and more zen than you did when you arrived.
My trip to Japan has been jam packed and there’s been little rest time with so much to see and do, so I was so excited to have the had a chance to visit Ritsurinkoen gardens, a huge traditional Japanese garden in the Takamatsu district of kagawa prefecture. While It was a short visit, the time spent exploring the gardens instantly dissolved my stress and gave my overactive travellers overwhelm a chance to come back to baseline and be in the present moment, all while surrounding myself with the immense beauty that is the Ritsurinkoen gardens.
I arrived via taxi, however if you’re traveling by train the Takamatsu station is only 1 a quick 10 minutes cab to the gardens.
500 Yen will get you an all day pass to explore the spectacular grounds. The gardens are huge in size and offer many different viewing points, rest spots and areas to explore and relax. While our trip was a brief one, many locals and tourists can be seen throughout the gardens with their own DIY picnics with friends and family in the sun. Bringing your own picnic and rug is something i highly suggest doing in any gardens within Japan and especially Kagawa prefecture when you visit.
The highlight of the gardens for me was viewing the seasons change before my eyes, as a select few Cherry Blossom trees had started to bloom providing beautiful pink colour explosions amongst the deep greens of the gardens. What I love most about Japanese gardens are their ever changing vibe, as Japan have very strong seasons which allow for an ever changing landscape and experience. No two times in one garden will ever be the same.
Don’t miss out on.
While it’s hard to miss them due to their sheer size, Ritsurinkoen gardens lake is home to some of the largest and most beautiful coy fish I have ever seen and due to the constant turnover of tourists wanting to get a closer look, they flock to areas close to shore in hope of being fed.
Things To remember
Ritsurinkoen gardens are huge and there is really so much to see within the gardens that it’s best to give yourself at least an hour to explore everything they have to offer. Japanese gardens aren’t something to be rushed so don’t cut your time short when planning a visit.