Kairakuen Garden

Informasi Wisata

Kairakuen Garden (偕楽園) is one of three best Japanese Gardens ( 日本三名園). It is located Mito city, Ibaraki Prefecture. Kairakuen is also one of the most famous Ume, Japanese Plum, spots in Japan. From the end of February to middle of March, Ume flowers blooms and tells the arrival of Spring.

Tourist Info.
There is no admission fee expect Kobun House.
There is a parking, restroom and food stands.
During the Ume Festrival around the end of Feb. to the end of March, JR Joban Line stop at Kairakuen.

0. at Mito Station.
1. use local bust to Kairakuen.

During Ume Festival, JR Joban Line (only the trains for Mito direction) stop at the entrance of Kairakuen.

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Detailed Travel Guide

Kairakuen Garden

The Kairakuen was built by Tokugawa Nariaki, the lord of Mito Domain, in 1842. The name "Kairakuen" comes from a saying within The Book of Mencius which states, "The ancients would share the pleasures with people, so their pleasures would be hearty and deep.

Features of Kairakuen
The Kairakuen was built for not only Feudal lords or Samurai, but also for commoners. Therefore, the design incorporates from modern parks as well as a formal Japanese landscape garden.

In early spring, about 100 different kinds and 3,000 of plum trees bloom. Those beautiful plum flowers make Kairakuen one of three best Japanese gardens.

Though out the park, you can enjoy four seasons with, Ume, a cedar forest, bamboo trees, Sakura, azaleas, Japanese clovers.

With Senba Lake, plum tree, and a prairie located near the park, there is a spectacular view from the third floor of Kobuntei house.

Kobuntei House
Kobuntei is a historic three-story wooden building. It is made up of a main houses and a one story annex, the nobility's private quarters. Nariaki played a key role in the Kobuntei's construction. He would invite writers, artists, and residents of his domain to the Kobuntei and host parties comoposing Japanese poetry and events to entertain the old.