Kairakuen Garden is considered to be one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, alongside Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kourakuen in Okayama. Kairakuen Garden was completed in the year 1842 by Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth feudal lord of the Mito Domain. Since its construction, the garden has served as a place of relaxation and recreation for the public.
Kairakuen is particularly famous for its Plum Blossom Festival (Ume Matsuri), which takes place from the end of February through March. The park is home to around 3000 plum trees of 100 different varieties. Cherry blossoms and azalea in the Spring and Japanese bush clovers in the Autumn keep Kairakuen looking beautiful throughout the year.
Ibaraki Plum Blossom Festival
Tokiwacho, Mito City
15 minutes by bus from Mito Station.
20 - 25 minutes on foot from Mito Station.
HOURS6:00 to 19:00 (February 20 to September 30)
7:00 to 18:00 (October 1 to February 19)
ADMISSIONMain Garden: free
Kobuntei Villa: adults (age 15 and over) ¥200, elementary and junior high school students ¥100