Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1255 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 Queen1155 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1075 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito737 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.539 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom498 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom423 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa415 views
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Red and white plum blossoms365 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves334 views
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Kobuntei Villa333 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa333 views
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Natto fermented beans324 views
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Kobuntei Villa307 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves299 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers297 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees270 views
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Kobuntei Villa267 views
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Welcome to Ibaraki263 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito257 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220 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Kobuntei Villa212 views
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Bonsai plum trees203 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.198 views
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Kobuntei Villa186 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba183 views
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Pinickers178 views
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Pine trees and plum trees171 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station169 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station167 views
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Kairakuen Station164 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 azalea160 views
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.159 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.157 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 grove155 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.152 views
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate151 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151 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Bamboo grove151 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)143 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba142 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba141 views
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Kobuntei Villa141 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree140 views
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Plum tree grove138 views
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Kobuntei Villa137 views
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Omote-mon Gate136 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾135 views
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Kobuntei Villa134 views
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Plum tree and train133 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa131 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa130 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.129 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms128 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa126 views
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Poem monument125 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights124 views
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Path to natural spring124 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa122 views
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Kobuntei Villa121 views
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Kobuntei Villa121 views
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Kobuntei Villa119 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa119 views
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Kobuntei Villa116 views
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Kobuntei Villa115 views
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Kobuntei Villa113 views
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Kobuntei Villa108 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa103 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. 2012.99 views
 
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