Welcome to KAIRAKUEN-park
KAIRAKUEN-park infomation map
Kairakuen, one of the most celebrated gardens in Japan, was built by Nariaki Tokugawa(1800-1860), the ninth Lord of Mito. The name of the garden "Kairaku" means "to share pleasure with people", and the garden was opened to the vassals of the Mito Clan and all people of Mito for their intelectual entertainment and amusement.
Nariaki, who pondered over the idea of designing the garden by himself, decided upon the place and structure of Kobuntei, and started construction in 1841. The main part of the garden was completed the next year.
From the garden, the pastoral landscape of Japan can be enjoyed. The garden is in harmony with the surrounding nature, and in each season the garden has a tasteful and elegant atomosphere.
In Kairakuen, more than three thousands plum trees are planted, and in early spring many people enjoy the flowers and thier fragrance.
The name, Kobuntei comes from an old word for"plum". It consists of the three-story Main House connected to the Northern Annex, as wall as a detached tea room called the Karoan. From the Rakujuro (the third floor of the Main House), one can view Lake Senba, Mt.Tsukuba, and the pine forests of Oarai. Although the original buildings were destroyed during the waning days of World War II, they were rebuilt to their original specifications between 1955 and 1958.
HIGASHI MON (EAST GATE)
This gate is main entrance to the park, today.
This is northern entrance.
OMOTE MON (FRONT GATE)
This gate is build by old style. And oliginally main gate.
Clear water gushes out of a well made from a local Kansui stone (a kind of marble). In the past, this spring water was used to make tea for tea ceremonies at Karoan.
A stone monument describes the processes leading up to the completion of the park.
SHIKI(A poem) MONUMENT
This cherry is blooming at spring and autumn in one year.
TAROU SUGI CEDER
This ceder is about 700 years old.
Forest of plum trees.
TOKUGAWA MITSUKUNI STATUE
A bronze statue of Mitsukuni Tokugawa.