During the Edo period in the 17th century, it prospered as the "castle town" of the Matsudaira family (a town developed around the residence of the princes), and there are still many places of interest, including Tamamo Park, which was rebuilt from the ruins of Takamatsu Castle. , and Ritsurin Park. The 6 ponds and 13 rockeries in the park are important expressions in Japanese paintings. In addition, the Bodhi Temple of the lord of the Takamatsu domain, the Horan Temple, is also one of the important historical sites. In the municipal area, there is a lava highland with an altitude of 293 meters, Yashima, which extends into the Seto Inland Sea. In Bizan Seto, you can enjoy the rare beauty of the archipelago in the world. It is known as the No. 1 scenic spot in the Seto Inland Sea.
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Visit Ritsurin Park where there are 6 pools and 13 rockeries. Echoing the scenery of Ziyun Mountain at the back of the park, it seems to be a beautiful Japanese painting. In the construction process of the garden, the scenery of distant mountains is used to make it part of the structure of the garden. This technique is called "borrowing scenery". The South Garden is a pure Japanese-style garden, and the small house "Zuegetei" used for tea ceremony by the pond is well known as a good place to admire the full moon in autumn.
Enjoy the beauty of "Marugame Castle" and beautiful cherry blossoms at the same time in Kameyama park.
Finally, climb to the top of Mt. Shuide to get a panoramic view of the breathtaking scenery of the Seto Inland Sea. In the beautiful scenery of the floating islands in the Seto Inland Sea, which are covered in layers of smoke.
Cruise passengers: You may get this excursion for FREE if you book the cruise through us or transferring your existing reservation to us (meaning we are your travel agent who booked the cruise for you with nothing changed). Please contact us to learn how.
*Departure times may vary.
9:00 am Depart from Takamatsu Port.
9:30 - 12:00 am Ritsurin Park
12:00 - 1:00 pm Local lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant.
1:40 - 2:10 pm Visit Marugame Castle
2:30 - 4:00 pm Mt. Shuide. Return to Shimizu Port.