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“Not really one of the 3 top gardens in Japan”
Review of Kairakuen Park

Kairakuen Park
Ranked #1 of 106 things to do in Mito
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you are going to Japan to visit the top gardens, you can forget this one. Maybe it's wonderful when the plum blossoms are out, but the rest of the time it's really an orchard in rather scruffy grounds. It is huge -- even has the railroad and a major road running through it. And it has a great replica of the daimyo's villa, well worth the 200 yen to visit, both for the view and for the decorated fusuma. I thought they were real until I read they were replicas as the building had been destroyed in WWII. So if you are in Mito or driving through it, make a stop, but if you want a spectacular garden go to Kanazawa or Kyoto.

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Reviewed May 10, 2014

The park is one of the 3 famed Japan Parks that was built in year 1842 by the 9th Lord of Mito (who was the last Shogun's father) who loved plum trees very much. There are 3000 plum trees (in 100 types). Best time to visit is end Feb. to March for it's the plum blossom season. The name Kairakuen means the Lord wanted to share happiness with ordinary people.
Admission for the park is free but the one for Kobuntei (Kobun is another name for plum in Japanese) is 200 Yen. It is worth to pay because from the 3rd floor, Rakuju-ro you can birdview the park.

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

The season for plum were over when we went early April but there were few sakura trees and the view over Lake Senba was awesome. Try the hot plum tea and soft serve outside the park.

Thank Angie O
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is a great park next to Senba lake. It is best known for it's plum blossoms around March, just before cherry blossom season. There are events all year round such as new year's and summer fireworks. I live near this park and it is a great pleasure to have close by.
Please note that it is not a nature park with camping, hiking trails, etc but man made with walking paths. You can get there by either walking from Mito station or taking the bus if you don't want to walk that much.
As stated in other reviews it is one of 3 important parks in Japan and boasts a long history. The view from the old residence (can't remember the name but it is in the middle of the park) really helps you get a feel for what it must have been like so long ago. The house entrance costs money but otherwise the park is free.

Thank davidsO923JI
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

A cool and pleasant place to visit. we walked from Mito station to Kairakuen parn along side senba lake connecting canal. It was amazing and stunning nature walk. Can see lot of birds and different verity of fishes in the lake. We visited this park in August, unseasonal for the plum blossom, but still it was simply superb. I stayed near this park for one month. Idle place for the jogging in the morning and evening but they closes the park after 6PM.

Thank abedya
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