Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1258 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 Queen1159 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1078 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito740 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.544 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom503 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom428 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa419 views
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Red and white plum blossoms369 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves337 views
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Kobuntei Villa336 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa336 views
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Natto fermented beans329 views
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Kobuntei Villa310 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves302 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers301 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees273 views
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Kobuntei Villa270 views
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Welcome to Ibaraki265 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito261 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222 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Kobuntei Villa215 views
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Bonsai plum trees205 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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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.200 views
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Kobuntei Villa188 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba185 views
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Pinickers180 views
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Pine trees and plum trees173 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station171 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station169 views
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Kairakuen Station166 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 azalea162 views
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.161 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.159 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 grove157 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.154 views
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate153 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153 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Bamboo grove153 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)145 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba144 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba143 views
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Kobuntei Villa143 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree142 views
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Plum tree grove140 views
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Kobuntei Villa139 views
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Omote-mon Gate138 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾137 views
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Kobuntei Villa136 views
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Plum tree and train135 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa133 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa132 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.131 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms130 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa128 views
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Poem monument127 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights126 views
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Path to natural spring126 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa124 views
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Kobuntei Villa123 views
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Kobuntei Villa123 views
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Kobuntei Villa121 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa121 views
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Kobuntei Villa118 views
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Kobuntei Villa117 views
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Kobuntei Villa115 views
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Kobuntei Villa110 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa105 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. 2012.101 views
 
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