Kairakuen Garden

Famous for its Plum Blossoms, this is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan


Along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama, this is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. With 3,000 plum trees of about 100 varieties planted here, the park grounds are famous for Ume plum-blossom viewing. From the end of February to the end of March, the Mito Ume Matsuri attracts many visitors.
In addition to Ume, Sakura cherry blossoms bloom in spring, and bamboo and azalea appear in summer. Autumn sees bush clover blossoms and red maple leaves, so flowers and plants can be enjoyed in every season here.
Constructed to hold tea ceremonies, Kobun-tei is a historic building. From its third floor, look out upon sweeping views of this beautiful garden.


  • This beautiful Japanese landscape garden is counted among the "Three Great Gardens of Japan".
  • It is also the only place in Japan that is famous for plum blossoms.
  • From the third floor of Kobun-tei, look out over this beautiful Japanese garden.

Basic Information


  • Ume Plum Blossom Trees
  • Kobuntei
  • Night Illumination of Ume Plum Trees

Basic Information

Name in Japanese
Postal Code
1 Migawa, Mito City, Ibaraki
Adults (age 15 and over): 300 yen, Elementary and junior high school students: 150yen
*Kobun-tei: Adults (age 15 and over): 200 yen, Elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen
Main Garden: No holidays
*Kobun-tei: Closed Dec. 29-31
Kairakuen Main Garden: From Apr. 1 to Sept. 30: 6:00 am- 7:00 pm; from Oct. 1 to Mar. 31: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Kobun-tei: From Feb. 20 to Sept. 30: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; from Oct. 1 to Feb. 19: 9:00 am-4:30 pm
*Beyond the Main Garden, the other parts of the park are open throughout the year.
From the North Exit of Mito Station on the JR Joban Line, take the bus heading for Kairakuen (it takes about 20 minutes).
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
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  • Open every day of the year
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