Ritsurin Garden is renowned for being one of the most beautiful Japanese style gardens and is one of the few gardens that are open early enough for viewing the sunrise. An early morning visit to Ritsurin Garden is a very special experience that will be difficult to find elsewhere.
1. PERFECT TIME FOR PHOTOGRAPHING THE GARDEN
Photographers know that the natural light of the very early morning will intensify the beauty of the garden. The fact that there are also less people around so early makes it the perfect time of day for a photographer to visit the garden.
2. EXPERIENCE THE JAPANESE STYLE GARDEN IN SILENCE
With few other visitors around, the garden will be very quiet. The sounds of nature will be your only company, thus enabling you the privilege to experience the Japanese way of feeling beauty, wabi-sabi. Enjoy calming and relaxing moments with a walk in the garden and deep breaths of early morning fresh air.
3. ENJOY AN “ASA-GAYU” MORNING PORRIDGE WITH A VIEW OF THE GARDEN
You can have a traditional breakfast of rice porridge (asa-gayu, meaning "morning porridge") at Hanazono-tei, one of the tea houses in the garden, while enjoying a garden view. Note that to do so, you will need to book in advance the day before. This is another “very Japanese experience” worth enjoying.
INFORMATION - RITSURIN GARDEN
[Address] 1-20-16 Ritsurin-cho Takamatsu
[Closed] Open 365 days a year
[Opening Hours] From sunrise to sunset (*varies according to season)
[Admission] Adult, 410 yen, Child, 170 yen (over the age of six)
By JR train: 3 minute walk from Ritsurin Garden North Entrance Station, “Ritsurin Koen Kitaguchi”
By Kotoden train: 10 minute walk from Ritsurin Garden Station, “Ritsurin Koen”
By Car: 10 minute drive from Takamatsu Expressway, Takamatsu Chuo Interchange (IC)