Located in Mito, the capital city of Ibaraki Prefecture, Kairakuen ranks among the three finest landscape gardens of Japan (the other two being Korakuen and Kenrokuen).
Kairakuen, built by the lord Tokugawa Nariaki in 1841, is particularly famous for the wide variety of plum trees found there and receives thousands of visitors during the plum blossom season, running from late February through March. The annual plum festival, the Mito Ume Matsuri, is also celebrated at the Kairakuen garden.
Aside from plums, there are over 3,000 trees found inside the park. Kairakuen is also unique among other landscape gardens of Japan by virtue of the fact that, unlike the other gardens, this park was accessible to public from the very start. This is in fact reflected in the very name of the garden for Kairakuen, translated literally, means 'the park/garden to be enjoyed together'.Places nearby:
Hitachi Seaside Park A Floral Fun Spot on the Pacific 12 km / 7 mi
National Hitachi Seaside Park: The seasonal flower garden that changes color all year round 12 km / 7 mi
Fukuroda Falls Displaying Four Seasons Of Aesthetic Beauty 43 km / 27 mi
Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan: Home to the 140 year of Great Miracle Wisteria 84 km / 52 mi
Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine The most famous shrine of Japan, arguably 87 km / 54 mi