Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1213 viewsShe was passing out maps of the garden. It was a nice touch to see two of these kimono beauties greeting us.
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Plum Blossom Queen1113 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1033 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito708 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.509 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom469 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom394 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa384 views
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Red and white plum blossoms345 views
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Kobuntei Villa312 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa312 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves309 views
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Natto fermented beans304 views
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Kobuntei Villa284 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves276 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers267 views
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Welcome to Ibaraki251 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees248 views
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Kobuntei Villa244 views
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito234 viewsDedicated to Lord Mitsukuni Tokugawa, the second lord of Mito, and Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth lord of Mito and the one who built Kairakuen Garden.
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Osaka-zuki red plum blossoms 大盃209 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Bonsai plum trees191 viewsI bought one of these once and the flowers smelled good before they withred away. The tree also died soon afterward.
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Kobuntei Villa189 views
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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.186 views
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Kobuntei Villa173 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba171 views
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Pinickers166 views
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Pine trees and plum trees159 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station157 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station155 views
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Kairakuen Station153 viewsThis station, right before Mito Station, is open only during major flower seasons of Kairakuen.
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of azalea148 views
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.147 views
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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.145 viewsOne of Japan's three most famous gardens, Kairakuen is especially noted for thousands of plum blossom trees which bloom in Feb. and March.
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Plum grove143 views
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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.140 views
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate139 viewsThis was the defacto main gate and most crowded since it is closest to the train station.
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Konan Shomu plum blossom 江南所無139 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Bamboo grove139 viewsPine trees, bamboo, and plum blossoms are called Shochikubai in Japanese. This trio of trees is most famous.
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Natural spring (cold water)131 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba130 views
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Kobuntei Villa130 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba129 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree128 views
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Plum tree grove126 views
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Omote-mon Gate124 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Kobuntei Villa124 views
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾123 views
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Kobuntei Villa122 views
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Plum tree and train121 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa119 views
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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.117 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa117 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms116 views
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Poem monument113 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa113 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights112 views
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Path to natural spring112 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa110 views
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Kobuntei Villa109 views
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Kobuntei Villa109 views
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Kobuntei Villa107 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa106 views
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Kobuntei Villa104 views
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Kobuntei Villa103 views
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Kobuntei Villa102 views
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Kobuntei Villa97 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa91 views
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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. 2012.87 views
 
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