Ritsurin park if one of the best Japanese garden. It is registered as the special scenic beauty of Japan, and chosen as 3 start spot in Michelin Guide. The size of the garden is one of the largest ones in Japan and contains many beautiful ponds.
This garden was established by the lords of Takamatsu. They spend over 100 years to complete this garden. The construction of this garden was not only the purpose for building a beautiful garden, but also it was solution for the employment issue. The lord of Takamatsu, Matsudaira clan, hired many dislocated workers to built this garden.
There are over 14,000 pine trees, 1,000 of the are Bonsai trees, six ponds and 13 artificial mountains which represent the seasons of Japan.
In Ritsurin garden, all kinds of seasonable flowers bloom from January to December. Therefore, it offers a beautiful flowers all though the year. Especially, Sakura, Iris, Plum and lotus are beautiful.