Kairakuen Garden

Recommended Spot

Kairakuen is counted as one of the three Japanese beautiful gardens along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kourakuen in Okayama. Kairakuen was completed in the year 1842 by Nariaki Tokugawa, Mito'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 different types are planted. Kairakuen shows us seasonal beauty such as Cherry Blossoms and Azalea in spring, and Bush Clover in autumn.

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This cherry tree was presented to Tomino-no-miya by her fater, the Emperor Ninko, when she 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 an open-air tea ceremony and an open-air koto concert take place on Sundays during the Ume-matsuri. A temporary station (Kairakuen Station)is set up for the large number of tourists.

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


LOCATION Tokiwa-cho, Mito-City
CONTACT Kairakuen garden 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-200 JPY, Elementary and junior high school students-100JPY
CLOSED Open 365 days
ACCESS 15 minutes by bus from Mito station
WEBSITE http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kairakuen01.html