Kairakuen Garden is one of three best Japanese Gardens located in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture. This garden is popular for its over three thousand plum trees.
Kairakuen was built relatively in 1841 by the local lord Tokugawa Nariaki and suffered damage from the March 2011 earthquake and repaired and fully reoponed in February 2012.
Kairakuen means park to be enjoyed together.
Kairakuen is popular during the plum blossom season which usually takes place from late February through March. The garden features over 3000 trees of over 100 different plum tree varieties with white, pink and red blossoms.
Beside the plum trees, Kairakuen also features bamboo grove, cedar woods and the Kobuntei, a traditional Japanese style building that is open to the public to served educational and recreational purposes. Visitors can enjoy a nice view of the garden from the buildings top floors.
The Mito Plum Festival (Mito Ume Matsuri) is held annually from February 20 to March 31.
It's a 30-35-minute walk from Mito Station (Joban Line). Alternatively, a bus ride from the station can take 15-20 minutes.
The garden opens at 6:00 to 19:00 on February 20 to September 30 and 7:00 to 18:00 on October 1 to February 19. There are no closing dates and the admission is free. The Kobuntei Building opens 9:00 to 17:00; until 16:30 from October 1 to February 19. It is closed on December 29 to 31. Admission fee is 200 yen only.
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