Ritsurin Park (栗林公園,) is in Takamatsu (高松市) on the Shikoku Island (map & previous post). Now I have been to the Three Great Gardens of Japan (日本三名園). Japanese love to group viewing places into threes i.e. : three great buddhas, three great night views etc… And I have to say it’s a shame that Ritsurin Koen (site) is not in those top three. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was shocked such a gem existed on a small island.
Now being a Japanese garden freak and seeing many around Japan I’d rank this one as number two, right behind Kenrokuen in Kanazawa (post).
I hope my photos do it justice. I was also privileged to be there during iris season which made me and the old people visiting the garden quite impressed. But what stunned me was the boat tour through the garden. I’m more a hiker through these massive gardens, but I was amazed seeing such a classic sight and it puts into perspective how huge Ritsurin Park actually is.
Sometimes I just look back at pictures and think “Wow I really saw that and went there.” Ritsurin Koen made me feel that way.
No I did not just put a green filter on all the photos. Most of these were just resized, it really was that green! What better way to refill after such hiking with a yaki dango mochi stick slathered with red bean paste. Yes the “wa” was flowing within me that day.