Our Ibaraki Introduction Series Vol.1 : Walking in Kairakuen
This is Ieda, a staff member of the Suzuki Herb Laboratory, and I went to Kairakuen to see the plum blossoms on March 3. Here is my report on the visit.
Kairakuen, located in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is known as one of the three most famous gardens in Japan and is famous for its many varieties of plum trees that bloom in February and March.
Kairakuen is located in Mito, which is the third train ride (about 20 minutes) from Tokai-mura, where we are located at Suzuki Herb Laboratory.
Mito is a castle town with a long history. I took a short trip to Kairakuen. It was the day after it had just rained, and I was worried that the flowers might have fallen off, but the plum blossoms were almost in full bloom, and the blue sky made for a beautiful sight.
There are around 3,000 plum trees in 100 varieties. The plum trees are red, white, dark pink, light pink, and many other colors in harmony, and their branches are of various shapes and sizes, so you can enjoy a leisurely stroll without getting bored. The beauty of the flowers is different from that of cherry blossoms, and it seems to cleanse your mind as you look at them.
From time to time, I could feel a faint fragrance along with the wind. (I wished I could taste it without a mask!)
History of Kairakuen
Kairakuen and plum blossoms