Tokushima and Kagawa 2011 (10) Ritsurin Garden

The third day of my trip, I awoke up early in the morning, so I took a walk to Ritsurin garden that is open from 6:30 a.m.

Ritsurin garden1, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

3日目、朝早く目が覚めたので、6時半からやっている栗林公園へ散歩に来ました。

Ritsurin Garden have 6 ponds and 13 artificial small hills and is about 75 ha.
Too large garden to see around within short time.
It took about 100 years to be completed.

“Three major daikyo teien” is consist of Kairakuen (Mito of Ibaraki), Korakuen
(Okayama) and Kenrokuen (Kanazawa of Ishikawa)
But this Ritsurin garden is said to be superior than those three major daimyo gaden.

Right, left, front and back. Pine trees surrounded me !

Ritsurin garden2, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

右も左も前も後ろも松、松、松。(゚Д゚≡゚Д゚)

Oteue matsu (お手植松)
Taisho Emperor planted it.

Oteuematsu, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

大正天皇を始め、皇族の方々が植えた松が集まっているエリア。

About Oteuematsu, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Ritsurin garden3, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

美しい・・・。( ゚д゚)

Ritsurin garden4, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

It seems mirror.

Ritsurin garden5, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

まるで鏡ですね。

Inverted image of pine tree reflected in the water

Ritsurin garden6, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

逆さ松(ノ∀`)

Huge
Ritsurin garden7, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Lots of carps swimming !

Lots of carps, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

鯉がいっぱい。この辺りのお水は温いそうで、鯉が集まってくるんだとか。

There are warmer water here, so carps are gathering there.
Actually, though it was cold that day, the water was lukewarm here.

Ritsurin garden8, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Ritsurin garden9, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Ritsurin garden10, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Ritsurin garden11, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Green and red in the photo together. That’s beautiful.

Ritsurin garden12, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

赤と緑のコントラストがすてき(*´д`*)

Ritsurin garden13, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Ritsurin garden14, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

What happens to this tree ?

Ritsurin garden15, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Overwhelming view of Mt.Shiuni is at the back of the garden makes this garden more beautiful.

Ritsurin garden16, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Ritsurin garden17, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

Tsurukame-Matsu (鶴亀松)
It is said to be the most beautiful pine tree in the garden.

Tsurukamematsu, Ritsurin garden, Takamatsu (Kagawa & Tokushima 2011)

このお庭で、一番美しいとされる松。鶴亀松

While I saw in the garden, the volunteer guide caught me and walked with him and heard many about the garden.
After all, I was there for about two hours in the park. Still, it was short and I couldn’t see the garden enough.

I went back to my hotel in hurry. Of course, I already arranged my baggage before going out to Ritsurin Garden and all I had to do was to leave my room key and say good-bye to the front desk 🙂

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