“Kairakuen” in Mito, Ibaraki, fulfilled by Japanese atmosphere Ume blossoms and the remain “Koubuntei”
Kairakuen in Mito City, Ibaraki is one of a Japan Three Popular Gardens, just like Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama.
In 1842, Kairakuen was built by Nariaki TOKUGAWA, who was the 9th Mito daimyo, and it is designated as both a national historic spot and a beauty spot.
It is famous as the 2nd largest “city park”, includes Senba-Ko area, next to Kairakuen, after Central Park in New York.
There are 100 types of 3,000 Ume trees in the park.
During the Ume season, a lot of tourists visit to see ume blossoms, and a big event “Mito Ume Festival” will be held for them from 2/16 to 3/31 this year too.
“Light Promenade” will be open from 2/23 to 3/21 after the sunset that is able to enjoy old and good Japanese atmosphere and lighted up ume in the night.
It is necessary to see lighted ume blossoms in the darkness.
It is fulfilled by the atmosphere; people will forget the words when they see this mysterious scene.
“Koubuntei”, a historic spot in the park, is a building designed by Nariaki, and he invited his neighbors and literary men to held poetry and recreation parties.
There is a powerful and big panorama from “Rakujurou” on the 3rd floor.
Its tasteful exterior as the Japanese style house is fine, and also, its interior with Japanese rooms, that nobles spend their time, is necessary to see.
It shows marvelous atmosphere by the harmony between the tatami and the beautiful Furuma-E (a picture of a pair sliding door).
One of the best “popular garden” in Japan Kairakuen is a good access from Tokyo.
Why don’t you visit here during the season of Ume blossoms?
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Source of photos:https://ibamemo.com/2018/03/14/yoru_ume/
Source of photos:https://4travel.jp/travelogue/11113005