Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1246 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 Queen1147 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1066 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito728 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.533 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom493 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom418 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa408 views
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Red and white plum blossoms361 views
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Kobuntei Villa329 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa329 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves326 views
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Natto fermented beans320 views
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Kobuntei Villa301 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves293 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers289 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees265 views
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Kobuntei Villa261 views
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Welcome to Ibaraki260 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito253 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218 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Kobuntei Villa206 views
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Bonsai plum trees200 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.195 views
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Kobuntei Villa183 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba180 views
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Pinickers175 views
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Pine trees and plum trees168 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station166 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station164 views
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Kairakuen Station162 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 azalea157 views
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.156 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.154 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 grove152 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.149 views
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate148 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148 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Bamboo grove148 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)140 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba139 views
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Kobuntei Villa139 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba138 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree137 views
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Plum tree grove135 views
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Kobuntei Villa134 views
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Omote-mon Gate133 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾132 views
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Kobuntei Villa131 views
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Plum tree and train130 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa129 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa127 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.126 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms125 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa123 views
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Poem monument122 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights121 views
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Path to natural spring121 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa119 views
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Kobuntei Villa118 views
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Kobuntei Villa118 views
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Kobuntei Villa116 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa116 views
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Kobuntei Villa113 views
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Kobuntei Villa112 views
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Kobuntei Villa110 views
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Kobuntei Villa105 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa100 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. 2012.96 views
 
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