Kairakuen Garden

Recommended Spot

Kairakuen Garden is counted as one of the three Japanese beautiful gardens along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kourakuen in Okayama. Kairakuen Garden was completed in the year 1842 by Nariaki Tokugawa, Mito domain's ninth feudal lord. Since then, this garden has served as a place of recreation for the public.

Kairakuen is famous for the Plum Blossom Festival (Ume-matsuri), which takes place from the end of February through March. Approximately 3,000 plum trees of 100 varieties are grown. Kairakuen shows us seasonal beauty such as the view of cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, and Japanese bush clovers in autumn.

Recommended Spot

The Sakon cherry tree was a wedding present for Tomi-no-miya from her fater, the Emperor Ninko, when Tomi-no-miya got married to Nariaki Tokugawa. This tree is the descendant of the tree and was planted in 1963.

On the plum blossom viewing days (every Sunday during Ume-matsuri), special events such as open-air tea ceremonies and open-air koto concerts take place in the garden. JR trains from southern areas including Tokyo will stop at Kairakuen Station, the nearest station, exclusively on weekends during the plum festival.

The plum trees in Kairakuen are well known for its variousness.

INFORMATION

LOCATION Tokiwa-cho, Mito City
CONTACT Kairakuen Park Control Center TEL:029-244-5454
HOURS 6:00 to 19:00 (February 20 to September 30)
7:00 to 18:00 (October 1 to February 19)
ADMISSION Main Garden: free
Kobun-tei: Adults (age 15 and over); 200 yen, Elementary and junior high school students; 100 yen
CLOSED Open 365 days
ACCESS 15 minutes by bus from Mito Station
WEBSITE http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kairakuen01.html

 

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