Last additions - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Kairakuen StationThis station, right before Mito Station, is open only during major flower seasons of Kairakuen.Mar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Natto fermented beansMar 22, 2006
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei suffered quite a bit of damage during the big earthquake on March 11, 2011. Repairs have started in Sept. 2011, and they hope to reopen the Kobuntei by Feb. 2012.Mar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossomsMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leavesMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei VillaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of azaleaMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leavesMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum treesMar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei Villa was originally built in 1842 by Tokugawa Nariaki (1800-1860), the ninth Lord of Mito. It was his summer villa.Mar 22, 2006
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Natural spring (cold water)Mar 22, 2006
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Omote-mon GateThis supposed to be the front gate.Mar 22, 2006
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Bamboo grovePine trees, bamboo, and plum blossoms are called Shochikubai in Japanese. This trio of trees is most famous.Mar 22, 2006
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Kobuntei Villa has exquisite Japanese-style paintings on paper sliding doors. Kobuntei is closed until early 2012 since they are repairing earthquake damage.Mar 22, 2006
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Path to natural springMar 22, 2006
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Closeup of red plum blossomMar 22, 2006
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Plum groveMar 22, 2006
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Poem monumentMar 22, 2006
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Closeup of white plum blossomMar 22, 2006
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best SightsMar 22, 2006
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Pine trees and plum treesMar 22, 2006
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Plum tree and trainMar 22, 2006
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Plum tree groveMar 22, 2006
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾Mar 22, 2006
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Plum trees and Lake SenbaMar 22, 2006
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Plum trees and Lake SenbaMar 22, 2006
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Plum trees and Lake SenbaMar 22, 2006
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, MitoMar 22, 2006
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, MitoMar 22, 2006
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Osaka-zuki red plum blossoms 大盃Osaka-zuki

大盃
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Konan Shomu plum blossom 江南所無Prunus mume KounanshomuMar 22, 2006
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Fantastically-shaped plum treeMar 22, 2006
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.Mar 22, 2006
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Red and white plum blossomsMar 22, 2006
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.Mar 22, 2006
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PinickersMar 22, 2006
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East GateThis was the defacto main gate and most crowded since it is closest to the train station.Mar 22, 2006
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickersMar 22, 2006
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Map of Kairakuen, a garden built in 1841 by Tokugawa Nariaki (1800-1860), the ninth Lord of Mito. It is one of Japan's three most famous gardens.Mar 22, 2006
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Tokiwa Shrine, MitoDedicated to Lord Mitsukuni Tokugawa, the second lord of Mito, and Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth lord of Mito and the one who built Kairakuen Garden.Mar 22, 2006
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Plum Blossom QueenMar 22, 2006
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Bonsai plum treesI bought one of these once and the flowers smelled good before they withred away. The tree also died soon afterward.Mar 22, 2006
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Entrance to garden via Tokiwa Shrine. One of Japan's three most famous gardens, Kairakuen is especially noted for thousands of plum blossom trees which bloom in Feb. and March.One of Japan's three most famous gardens, Kairakuen is especially noted for thousands of plum blossom trees which bloom in Feb. and March. Mar 22, 2006
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Train platform of Kairakuen StationMar 22, 2006
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen StationShe was passing out maps of the garden. It was a nice touch to see two of these kimono beauties greeting us.Mar 22, 2006
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Welcome to IbarakiTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.Mar 22, 2006
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Train platform of Kairakuen StationMar 22, 2006
 
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