Nakatsu Banshoen & Marugame Art Museum

Experience art and history in the garden of Marugame's former feudal lords

The grounds bring together the Marugame Art Museum and Nakatsu Banshoen, a traditional Japanese garden first created by the Kyogoku family who ruled over modern-day Marugame as fuedal lords. The Kyogoku family originally hailed from Omi Prefecture (now called Shiga Prefecture), famous for Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. Hakkei Pond in Nakatsu Banshoen was created in the image of Lake Biwa, and the eight islands within it are each patterned after the Omi Hakkei, or Eight Views of Omi Prefecture. The garden is beautifully cultivated and features a half-moon bridge, a 600 year-old umbrella-shaped pine, and Japan's oldest existing teahouse. In recent year, the garden's Hundred-Torii Corridor and Water Lotus Bridge have become popular photo spots for camera-savvy visitors.

  • Artworks include those by Jean-François Millet and others of the Barbizon school
  • A path of photogenic torii gates winds through the garden.
25-1 Nakatsu-cho, Marugame, Kagawa (香川県丸亀市中津町25番地1)
9:30am - 5:00pm (Last entry 4:30pm)
100 spaces, 30 bus spaces
【Entrance Fee】Nakatsu Banshoen: Adults \700, Children (13 and under) \300
Marugame Art Museum: Adults \500, Children (13 and under) \200
Garden and Museum Set: Adults \1200 Children (13 and under) \500円

【Access】6 minutes by taxi from JR Marugame Station
15 minutes' walk from JR Sanuki-Shioya Station
15 minutes from the Zentsuji Interchange