Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1250 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 Queen1151 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1070 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito732 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.537 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom497 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom422 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa412 views
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Red and white plum blossoms364 views
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Kobuntei Villa332 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa332 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves331 views
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Natto fermented beans323 views
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Kobuntei Villa304 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves296 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers292 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees268 views
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Kobuntei Villa264 views
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Welcome to Ibaraki262 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito256 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 Villa209 views
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Bonsai plum trees202 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.197 views
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Kobuntei Villa185 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba182 views
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Pinickers177 views
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Pine trees and plum trees170 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station168 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station166 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 azalea159 views
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.158 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.156 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 grove154 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.151 views
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate150 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150 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Bamboo grove150 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)142 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba141 views
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Kobuntei Villa141 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba140 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree139 views
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Plum tree grove137 views
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Kobuntei Villa136 views
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Omote-mon Gate135 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾134 views
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Kobuntei Villa133 views
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Plum tree and train132 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 Villa129 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.128 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms127 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa125 views
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Poem monument124 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights123 views
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Path to natural spring123 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa121 views
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Kobuntei Villa120 views
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Kobuntei Villa120 views
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Kobuntei Villa118 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa118 views
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Kobuntei Villa115 views
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Kobuntei Villa114 views
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Kobuntei Villa112 views
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Kobuntei Villa107 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa102 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. 2012.98 views
 
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