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Ritsurin Gardens Light Up in Takamatsu

The Ritsurin Gardens in Takamatsu, Kagawa is one of the best looking gardens in Japan. Usually you visit it during the day, but during November, for less than two weeks, the gardens are open at night.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 18

Selected trees, plants, water features, buildings and statues are lit up with a mixture of white and coloured lights.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 01

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 02

Unlike during the day when the whole of Ritsurin Park is open, only certain routes around are available to walk along during the light up. This is partly for safety reasons, and also partly because it would be too complicated to light up the whole park for such a short time.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 03

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 04

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 05

The light up proved very popular, with hundreds of locals visiting to take photos using their expensive cameras and tripods.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 13

I made do with my cheap compact held in my hand, but the results aren’t too bad!

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 07

The Koi fish were up and as ever hoped to get food from the visitors.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 06

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 08

It is a bit like being at an art gallery where you move from one piece to the next rather than the usual Ritsurin Gardens where you can look at everything.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 09

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 10

Here is the Ritsurin Gardens waterfall. It is an artificial waterfall and at one time servants had to carry water up to make it work. These days a water pump is used.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 11

This shot is of the Ritsurin tea room reflected in the lake. The lighting provided for some great ‘reflected in the water’ photo opportunities.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 12

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 14

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 15

That isn’t the moon by the way, it is a light behind the tree.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 16

In the dark even a simple piece of tree bark became very interesting to look at.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 17

Many of the stepping stones across the ponds were off limits due to the dark, but this set of stones was well lit up.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 19

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 20

And finally here is the poster of the 2010 Ritsurin Park light up.

ritsurin gardens takamatsu at night 21

If you want to see what Ritsurin Park looks like during the day see my other Ritsurin Park photos.


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One Response to “Ritsurin Gardens Light Up in Takamatsu”

  1. Wonderful.
    I hope I get to see it at night one of those days.
    Thanks for the post and the pics.

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