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Kairakuen Park

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Even ouside the plum blossom season the park is worth visiting

The park is famous for its plum trees. In autumn all you see are tree skeletons. But the park... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Munich, Germany
The lower garden area more resembles a traditional Japanese garden.

This is a vast Japanese garden founded in 1842 by the 9th feudal Mito Tokugawa lord, Nariaki... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Funabashi, Japan
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Also known as the Tokiwa garden, this land was originally a plum orchard belonging to Tokugawa Nariakira. Converted into public property in 1840 and renamed Kairakuen, this park is now recognized as one of the top three gardens in Japan.
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1-1251 Mikawa, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture
+81 49-234-0454
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The park is famous for its plum trees. In autumn all you see are tree skeletons. But the park offers more than 3000 plum trees, e.g. a forest of ancient cedar trees. The railway tracks cut the park into two halves. The Kobuntei Villa inside...More

Thank travelmartin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although ranked in the top three Japanese walk-through gardens, Mito's Kairakuen just doesn't do it for me. Go there in late Feb/ early March. I.e. plum blossom time and yes, the pony performs. Admirably and stunningly! However at other seasons it lacks. No as cunningly...More

1  Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed 25 July 2018

If you want to see the more than 3,000 plum trees in bloom you will have to go in feb or mar. The Garden holds its annual Plum Festival at that time. Our trip was a month later, too late for plums but just in...More

1  Thank philomena789
Reviewed 21 June 2018

The Japanese really know their gardens for they create such beautiful spaces. it's so nice to walk and enjoy nature and all that it offers.

Thank Pieville
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

This ranks high as one of the top gardens in Japan. There are 2 sides to it. One a more flat and open garden while the other filled with lush beautiful trees. Both are separated by a main road but very assessible to walking visitors....More

Thank BertSG
Reviewed 24 April 2018

we stopped there after going to the crowded Hitatchinaka seaside park and WOW, it was peaceful, quiet, beautiful garden..and the entrance is free. there are buses to/for the train station, it is only 10-15'. i will def. go back during the plum tree blooming season.

1  Thank smartacg
Reviewed 12 April 2018

This is a vast Japanese garden founded in 1842 by the 9th feudal Mito Tokugawa lord, Nariaki Tokugawa, who is the father of Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the 15th and last Tokugawa shougun. Kairakuen literally means to enjoy with everyone, and is particularly famous for its plum...More

Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Famouse for Japanese plum (ume) trees. Go there when ume flowers around mid February to mid March. During Ume festival is the best time to visit, not only the blossoms are gorgeous but they hold few events. They run extra buses but prepare to queue,...More

Thank Midi Y
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I visited this cherry blossom place in early April. Around the lake, it is a perfect jogging route. Also there is a wonderful Japanese style garden with a traditional Japanese style house. Recommend for those travelers who would like to enjoy easy and no pressure...More

Thank travellertpe2017
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

We came specially for the Night Plum Festival. We made a trip in the day to explore the place and was fortunate to have a volunteer English speaking guide who showed us some of the rare species of plum blossom among the thousand variety in...More

1  Thank SoonKuan
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Raji B
19 April 2017|
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Response from 828muhammadrizalf | Reviewed this property |
you can see natural water spring, bamboo forest, or just visit kobun tei inside this park..
Paul S
17 January 2017|
Response from hfot2 | Reviewed this property |
Please see my review: “We prefer many other parks and gardens we have visited in Japan” We were there on March 31, the last day of the festival - there were almost no blossoms left. Go early, or not at all if you are only... More