Summer Vacation: Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu City

Good morning everyone,

it’s your Friendly Neighbourhood Gaijin here. So, the second place I visited on my week long vacation in Japan was in the Shikoku region of Japan, Kagawa Prefecture, Takamatsu city! During these 3 days, my particular highlights are the Ritsurin Park, eating Udon at Udon Honjin Yamadaya, visiting Naoshima Island to see three different art museums (my friend was done with art after this) and a visit to Round 1.

Ritsurin Park

Ritsurin Park is a three star Michelin Garden, which is well deserving. Who knew things beside food received Michelin stars? I know the first place everyone visits when they come to Japan is Tokyo, but there’s so much beauty in other areas too. Here is one of my most recommended spots for tourists in Japan, without further adieu bring in the PHOTOS!
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This is the view from Hiraiho Hill, it contains one of the most spectacular viewpoints inside the entire part. It has been built to resemble Mt. Fuji and I wish my IPhone 7 could do it justice (time to upgrade the phone).
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Kikugetsu-tei Tea House – A cute little tea house.
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Who’s that Heron I see! Staring back, back at me!
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This was just a beautiful area on the recommended path which had an abundant amount of foliage.
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Before I left, I found a duck hunting moat. During the Edo period, the Great Lord used the North Garden as duck hunting grounds! Poor ducks.

I would have stayed a lot longer than an hour and a half in the garden, but my friend was getting cranky due to a lot of travelling that day. The garden was a beautiful area where you can relax and reflect with nature. If I went during the week so there was almost no one there, but I imagine if I went during the weekend it would probably be crowded. I’m not sure if you’re allowed to do Yoga in the garden, but if it was permitted, I think it would be a truly amazing opportunity.

If you have the opportunity to travel to Takamatsu City in Shikoku, this is an absolute necessity when it comes to excursions. They also have an immaculate udon restaurant around 20 minutes away from the city by car, it’s a bit difficult to get to by train due to being a bit out in the mountains. It’s name is Udon Honjin Yamadaya and it was the best Udon restaurant I’ve been to in Japan so far and it was very affordable.

 

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