Kairakuen

Kairakuen is a landscape garden built by a feudal lord of the Tokugawa clan in 1842. The site area of this extensive garden with a lake and a green area is the world’s second largest urban park after Central Park in America. Kairakuen is famous for its Japanese plum trees with about 3000 tree of 100 different species. The park is filled with plum blossoms and its sweet smell for about one month from the end of February. Besides the plum trees, you can also see cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, bush clovers in autumn, “nikisaki sakura” (cherry tree that blossoms twice a year) in winter. Kairakuen is a popular spot which is colored with various flowers and plants all through the year.

Address
1-3-3 Tokiwacho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki
Contact No.
+81-29-244-5454
Access
From the north gate of JR Mito station, take Ibaraki Kotsu bus bound for Kairakuenmae. Ride for 15 minutes and get off at Kairakuen or Tokiwajinja-mae. (Some trains make a stop at Kairakuen station only during Mito Plum Festival)
Opening Hours / Holidays
6:00-19:00 (from October 1st to February 19th 9:00-16:30)
Official Website
http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kairakuen01.html
Time Required
1.5 hours
Admission fee
Free (Kobuntei: 200 yen)

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Reflecting Yin and Yang 

It is said that Kairakuen was designed to reflect the Chinese philosophy, yin and yang. The path going through a shadowy grove of bamboo and cedar trees that expresses the world of yin in the west part of the garden while the east part of the garden expresses the world of yang with plum trees brightly gleaming in the sunshine. Some people believe that walking around while feeling the world of yin and yang, the natural providence, is the right way to enjoy Kairakuen.

Beautiful plum blossoms selected as one of the six famous trees in Mito

Among about 100 plum trees in Kairakuen, six trees that are especially beautiful are called “six famous trees in Mito.” These are Tsukikage with a strong smell, Konanshomu with double-petal flowers, Yanagawashidare which is weeping plum blossoms on sprays, early-blooming Shironaniwa, pure white Toranoo, Rekkobai with beautifully-shaped flowers. Enjoy finding these six plum trees.

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Pleasure after strolling around: plum sweets & plum souvenirs

Plum blossoms are not only for admiring but also taste delicious. The rest house in the garden serves soft ice cream with plum pulp, plum juice, some Japanese sweets using plums and plum wine. These make for great souvenirs too.

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Kairakuen

Kairakuen is a landscape garden built by a feudal lord of the Tokugawa clan in 1842. The site area of this extensive garden with a lake and a green area is the world’s second largest urban park after Central Park in America. Kairakuen is famous for its Japanese plum trees with about 3000 tree of 100 different species. The park is filled with plum blossoms and its sweet smell for about one month from the end of February. Besides the plum trees, you can also see cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, bush clovers in autumn, “nikisaki sakura” (cherry tree that blossoms twice a year) in winter. Kairakuen is a popular spot which is colored with various flowers and plants all through the year.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Reflecting Yin and Yang 

It is said that Kairakuen was designed to reflect the Chinese philosophy, yin and yang. The path going through a shadowy grove of bamboo and cedar trees that expresses the world of yin in the west part of the garden while the east part of the garden expresses the world of yang with plum trees brightly gleaming in the sunshine. Some people believe that walking around while feeling the world of yin and yang, the natural providence, is the right way to enjoy Kairakuen.

Beautiful plum blossoms selected as one of the six famous trees in Mito

Among about 100 plum trees in Kairakuen, six trees that are especially beautiful are called “six famous trees in Mito.” These are Tsukikage with a strong smell, Konanshomu with double-petal flowers, Yanagawashidare which is weeping plum blossoms on sprays, early-blooming Shironaniwa, pure white Toranoo, Rekkobai with beautifully-shaped flowers. Enjoy finding these six plum trees.

Source:トイネバ

Pleasure after strolling around: plum sweets & plum souvenirs

Plum blossoms are not only for admiring but also taste delicious. The rest house in the garden serves soft ice cream with plum pulp, plum juice, some Japanese sweets using plums and plum wine. These make for great souvenirs too.

Source:Twitter

Source:Twitter

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