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Kairakuen Garden

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

A beautiful plum grove recognized as one of Japan's top three gardens in Mito, Ibaraki

Kairakuen Garden was constructed in 1842 by Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth lord of the Mito domain. Most famous for its scenic plum trees, the Japanese garden also displays beautiful flower blossoms for every season, as well as a stunning view overlooking Lake Senba from the plum grove. Kodokan, a picturesque Japanese-style building, was a pioneering school of the Mito domain that taught a broad range of subjects comparable to the modern-day university.

Kobuntei, a traditional architecture reflecting the spirit of Japanese hospitality

Located in the garden, Kobuntei was built by Nariaki Tokugawa as a resting house. The traditional architecture consists of the main Kobuntei house, a wooden two-layer three-story building, and the one-story wooden inner palace. Nariaki himself specified the location and the architectural design, and the building showcases ingenuities and stylish taste in various aspects. Here, Nariaki invited numerous artists, retainers, and people from the domain and held events such as poetry readings and the assembly of elders. From the third floor, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of Lake Senba, the Tazunaki plum grove and the Shikinohara field of seasonal flowers.

Feeling the worlds of yin and yang

Kairakuen is designed to allow visitors to enjoy the worlds of yin and yang. After passing through the Front Gate and the First Wooden Door, you will be walking in the serene world of yin through the Moso bamboo forest, giant cedars, and Kumazasa bamboo leaves. Go further and when reaching Kobuntei, the view opens up to welcome you into the world of yang. Enjoying this harmony of the worlds of yin and yang is an important part of spending time at Kairakuen.

Mito Plum Festival

The Mito Plum Festival celebrates the arrival of spring from mid-February to March when the 3,000 plum trees of around 100 varieties come into bloom. With such a wide variety, the plums bloom at different times from early, middle to late bloomers, allowing visitors to enjoy viewing the plum blossoms for a long period. There are also many cultural events held during the festival period along with the plum blossoms in full bloom, including outdoor tea ceremonies, kimono rental booths, tasting of Mito specialties like plum wine and natto beans, as well as a Night Plum Tea Party in which the garden is gorgeously lit up by candle art and illuminations.

Location

Name Kairakuen Garden
Web Sites https://ibarakiguide.jp/park/foreign_language/en/
Address 1-3-3 Tokiwa-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki
Access Approximately 3 minutes' walk from Kairakuen Station on the JR Joban Line
Approximately 20 minutes' bus ride from Mito Station on the JR Joban Line bound for to Kairakuen
Approximately 20 minutes' drive from Mito IC on the Joban Expressway
Approximately 20 minutes' drive from Ibaraki-machi-Higashi IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
Approximately 20 minutes' drive from Mito-Minami IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
Business Hours Kairakuen Main Garden:
February 20 to September 30: 6:00 to 19:00
October 1 to February 19: 7:00 to 18:00
All areas other than Kairakuen Main Garden:
0:00 to 24:00
Please see the website for details.
Closed Open all year round
Inquiries TEL: 029-244-5454

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