Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1274 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 Queen1176 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1096 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito756 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.560 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom521 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom445 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa435 views
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Red and white plum blossoms383 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves350 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa350 views
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Kobuntei Villa349 views
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Natto fermented beans342 views
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Kobuntei Villa324 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves317 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers316 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees289 views
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Kobuntei Villa283 views
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Welcome to Ibaraki273 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito273 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232 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Kobuntei Villa229 views
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Bonsai plum trees213 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.208 views
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Kobuntei Villa199 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba194 views
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Pinickers189 views
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Pine trees and plum trees182 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station180 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station177 views
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Kairakuen Station174 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.172 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of azalea171 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.169 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 grove166 views
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Konan Shomu plum blossom 江南所無164 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate162 viewsThis was the defacto main gate and most crowded since it is closest to the train station.
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Bamboo grove162 viewsPine trees, bamboo, and plum blossoms are called Shochikubai in Japanese. This trio of trees is most famous.
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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.162 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba155 views
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Natural spring (cold water)154 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba152 views
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Kobuntei Villa152 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree151 views
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Plum tree grove150 views
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Kobuntei Villa148 views
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Omote-mon Gate147 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾146 views
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Plum tree and train144 views
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Kobuntei Villa144 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.143 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa142 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa141 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms138 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa138 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights137 views
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Poem monument136 views
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Path to natural spring135 views
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Kobuntei Villa134 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa133 views
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Kobuntei Villa131 views
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Kobuntei Villa130 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa130 views
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Kobuntei Villa129 views
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Kobuntei Villa128 views
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Kobuntei Villa127 views
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Kobuntei Villa120 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa114 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. 2012.109 views
 
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