KAIRAKUEN

Kairakuen is one of Japan's official Three Great Gardens. Kairakuen is most famous for its 3000 plum trees which flower in early spring.

Kairakuen is one of Japan's official Three Great Gardens. Kairakuen is most famous for its 3000 plum trees which flower in early spring. There are over 100 different varieties of plum trees in Kairakuen. No where else will you find so many plum trees in one location.

Azaleas Kairakuen
Azaleas Kairakuen

Since it was established by Tokugawa Nariaki in 1842, Kairakuen, literally means a park for everyone to enjoy, has been a park for public. Kairakuen has both formal Japanese landscape garden and modern park features. While it really is best to see Kairakuen during the plum blossom season (plum blossom season is before cherry blossom season and normally in March), you can still enjoy the park throughout the other seasons. Other features of Kairakuen include a cedar forest, bamboo trees, cherry blossoms and azaleas.

Kairakuen
Plum Trees Kairakuen

Kobuntei
Located in the middle of Kairakuen, Kobuntei is a historic three-story wooden building built by the order of Tokugawa Nariaki. He would invite writers, artists and residents of his domain and host parties here. It's notable that each room has featured Fusuma (sliding door) with various beautiful flowers and trees painted. You can enjoy the spectacular view of almost the whole park from its 3rd floor.

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week except Dec 29-31
Admission: 190 yen

Kobuntei interior Kairakuen
Kobuntei interior Kairakuen

Additional pictures of Kobuntei.
Additional pictures of Kairakuen.

Kairakuen Details

Kariakuen is located in Mito, which is 100Km north east of Tokyo.
Access: 15 min from JR Mito Station by bus
Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Admission: free (excluding Kobuntei)

Bamboo Kairakuen
Bamboo Kairakuen

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