Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1206 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 Queen1105 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1026 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito702 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.503 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom463 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom388 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa378 views
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Red and white plum blossoms342 views
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Kobuntei Villa309 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa309 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves303 views
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Natto fermented beans301 views
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Kobuntei Villa279 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves268 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers262 views
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Welcome to Ibaraki249 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees242 views
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Kobuntei Villa239 views
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito229 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207 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Bonsai plum trees189 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.184 views
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Kobuntei Villa183 views
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Kobuntei Villa171 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba169 views
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Pinickers164 views
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Pine trees and plum trees157 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station155 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station153 views
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Kairakuen Station151 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 azalea146 views
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.145 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.143 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 grove141 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.138 views
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate137 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137 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Bamboo grove137 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)129 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba128 views
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Kobuntei Villa128 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba127 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree126 views
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Plum tree grove124 views
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Omote-mon Gate122 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Kobuntei Villa122 views
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾121 views
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Kobuntei Villa120 views
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Plum tree and train119 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa117 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.115 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa115 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms114 views
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Poem monument111 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa111 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights110 views
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Path to natural spring110 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa108 views
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Kobuntei Villa107 views
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Kobuntei Villa107 views
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Kobuntei Villa105 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa104 views
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Kobuntei Villa102 views
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Kobuntei Villa101 views
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Kobuntei Villa100 views
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Kobuntei Villa95 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa89 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. 2012.85 views
 
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