Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1278 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 Queen1183 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1103 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito761 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.566 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom527 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom450 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa439 views
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Red and white plum blossoms388 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves354 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa354 views
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Kobuntei Villa353 views
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Natto fermented beans347 views
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Kobuntei Villa329 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves322 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers320 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees296 views
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Kobuntei Villa287 views
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito277 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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Welcome to Ibaraki275 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Osaka-zuki red plum blossoms 大盃236 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Kobuntei Villa233 views
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Bonsai plum trees216 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.211 views
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Kobuntei Villa201 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba197 views
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Pinickers192 views
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Pine trees and plum trees185 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station183 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station179 views
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Kairakuen Station177 viewsThis station, right before Mito Station, is open only during major flower seasons of Kairakuen.
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.175 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of azalea175 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.171 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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Konan Shomu plum blossom 江南所無170 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Plum grove169 views
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Bamboo grove166 viewsPine trees, bamboo, and plum blossoms are called Shochikubai in Japanese. This trio of trees is most famous.
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate165 viewsThis was the defacto main gate and most crowded since it is closest to the train station.
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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.165 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba158 views
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Natural spring (cold water)158 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba155 views
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Kobuntei Villa155 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree154 views
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Plum tree grove152 views
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Kobuntei Villa151 views
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾149 views
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Omote-mon Gate149 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Kobuntei Villa148 views
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Plum tree and train147 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.145 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa145 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa143 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa142 views
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Poem monument140 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms140 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights139 views
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Path to natural spring139 views
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Kobuntei Villa136 views
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Kobuntei Villa135 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa135 views
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Kobuntei Villa134 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa134 views
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Kobuntei Villa133 views
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Kobuntei Villa131 views
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Kobuntei Villa130 views
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Kobuntei Villa123 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa117 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. 2012.113 views
 
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