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Kairakuen Park

1-1251 Mikawa, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture
+81 49-234-0454
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Deserves Top 3 Garden Ranking in Japan

This ranks high as one of the top gardens in Japan. There are 2 sides to it. One a more flat and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
BertSG
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Singapore
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Quiet and beautiful park - will come back for the plum festival

we stopped there after going to the crowded Hitatchinaka seaside park and WOW, it was peaceful... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2018
smartacg
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Tokyo, 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.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good51%
  • Average20%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“plum trees” (19 reviews)
“plum festival” (6 reviews)
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1-1251 Mikawa, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture
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+81 49-234-0454
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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
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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Beautiful gardens with emphasis on the hundreds of plum trees that blossom in March. Amazed at the varieties and we had a delightful local gentleman as our volunteer guide .

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

(March2017) During Plum Blossom season (late Feb until March), some trains will stop at the Kairakuen station, but only in the direction towards Mito. There is no station in the other direction. The garden is quite big and lots of Plum Blossoms to see when...More

Thank FrancisTLim
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Kairakuen Park is well laid out and well kept up. Wonderful for a relaxed hour or two. Like most Japanese parks the landscaping was meticulous.

Thank Stephan1954
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

Well, our visit was just average as we had to run away as thunderstorm was coming. But we noticed parks potential. Beautiful and peaceful. But then, really on Top3? Made us wonder a little. Late April was not best moment as cherries had gone and...More

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Raji B
19 April 2017|
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Response from muhammad rizal f | Reviewed this property |
you can see natural water spring, bamboo forest, or just visit kobun tei inside this park..
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Paul S
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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
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