Kairakuen in Ibaraki Prefecture was opened in 1842 by the 9th feudal lord of Mito, Nariaki Tokugawa.
It was designed as a place to be enjoyed by locals, however, it’s now acknowledged as one of Japan’s three great gardens and because of its age, is recognized as a Japan Heritage Site. The Garden is home to over 3,000 plum blossom trees, separate to the Cherry Blossom trees, and has over 100 different varieties. Each of the varieties bloom at the end of winter at varying times between January to March when the garden becomes a sea of colour from red, to pink and white.
During Spring, Kairakuen is filled with blooming wisteria, azaleas and lespedezas.
Kairakuen is located in the city of Mito, Ibaraki which is about 1 hour and 20 minutes by train from Tokyo.
Be sure to include a visit to this famous park on your next Japan Holiday.