Kairaku-en Park 偕楽園
Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, this Japanese garden has over 3,000 plum trees making it a popular spot during plum blossom season, which usually takes place in late February and March. The park was built in 1841 by the local lord Tokugawa Nariaki. Kairaku-en roughly translates to "A park to be enjoyed together". As the name suggests, the garden served not only for the enjoyment of the lord but was open to the public. Along with Kenroku-en and Koraku-en, it is considered one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Besides the plum tree forest, Kairaku-en also features a bamboo grove, cedar woods and the Kobuntei, a traditional Japanese style building.
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Absolutely stunning in February when the plum blossoms are in full bloom. I have visited this park out of season too and it is still pretty at other times of the years. There is a rest area where you can buy some food. There is an old tea house on the grounds too. Lake Semba is close by.
Here is the address to Kairakuen Park so that you know how to find this
place:1-1251 Mikawa, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.
The website contains a map and you could probably print it out.
This a beautiful serene place: a lot of trees and some colorful shrubbery, and flowers.
Magnificent view, and there's even a nice restaurant east exit.
Of you like noodle dishes, and if your daring enough try the natto: if you can overcome the scent of it.
300 yen entrance fee: Kobuntei house.
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