Mito for Kairakuen

Very belated post from our last day in Japan when we got the train east to Mito to go to Kairakuen- another of Japan’s 3 great gardens. Then got the local bus to the gardens. Quite interesting getting bus info from 2 non+English speaking Japanese ladies 🙂 They were trying to be so helpful that it took about 20 minutes to get away from them 😉

But we got there. Lovely gardens – so popular in spring that it has its own ‘temporary’ railway station that’s only open during the plum blossom season in February and March + there are over 3000 plum trees in th gardens.

More steps  with a temple at the top

 

 

Gardens

 

Natural spring

The Kobuntei – a traditional Japanese building in the gardens – with beautiful hand painted screens

 

Gorgeous

 

The bamboo grove

Imagine this wisteria arch in bloom

Then in a walk round Senba lake

Then bus an train back to Tokyo, shower in the airport and flight home

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