Kairaku-en in Mito, one of Japan's 'Three Great Landscape Gardens', is particularly famous for its wide variety of plum trees which also makes it the best plum blossom viewing spot in Japan.
The place, sitting next to the Senba Lake, originally used to be a plum orchard when the local lord Tokugawa Nariaki decided to turn into a special landscape garden in 1841. Known to be a generous lord, Nariaki made the park open to commoners from the very start. Today, the spacious Kairakuen Gardens is home to more than 3,000 trees.
The best time to visit the place is of course the plum blossom season of late February-early March when you can see all those plethora of plum trees in full bloom. The park lies at a distance of 2.5 kms from the Mito Station. You can ride your way to the park, however it is a pleasure to make the way by foot as it gives one the opportunity to enjoy the quiet and serene rural surroundings and its relaxing atmosphere.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