Favorite thing: Takamatsu-jo or Takamatsu Castle was originally built in 1588. It was occupied by the Matsudaira Clan until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
Only parts of the castle, such as turrets, walls, moats, remain. Parts of the castle and its grounds are being restored.
The grounds of Takamatsu-jo are now a park which you can wander around for a small entry fee.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Ritsurin-koen is a popular spot for hanami - or cherry blossom viewing. This is a very popular Japanese pastime in the spring when crowds of people spread out their pale blue mats beneath the cherry trees and enjoy having picnics while pale pink cherry blossom petals snow down on their heads.
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: The entrance of Ritsurin-koen is about a three minute walk away from Ritsurin-koen Kitaguchi Station. Ritsurin-koen is open from dawn to dusk.
Ritsurin-koen was first laid out as gardens in the seventeenth century. These gardens were originally attached to a villa built by the Matsudaira lords. This villa has long since been destroyed, but the gardens remain.
Ritsurin-koen includes a pine tree covered hill, Mount Shiun-zan, to the west. It also has ponds, bridges, islands and tea houses.
The gardens are beautiful and peaceful. Although there were many people there enjoying the cherry trees when we visited, the gardens are spacious enough to accomodate us all.
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: Free internet access availible at I-PAL language center.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory from Takamastu most be the experience of the typhoon nr. 21 on 29th September 2004.
- Budget Travel