Mito Plum Blossom Festival 水戸の梅まつり

Mito Plum Festival
Mito Plum Festival

A blooming dreamworld of ethereal colors

Ibaraki Prefecture is famous for its many plum trees, and the Mito Plum Festival at Kairakuen celebrates their pink and white blooms. Running from late February to the end of March and proclaiming the coming of spring, this is one of eastern Japan's biggest festivals.

Don't Miss

  • Traditional Japanese music concerts and other special events
  • The illumination at night for about two weeks during the festival

How to Get There

Take the JR Joban Line from Shinagawa or Ueno Station to Mito Station. From Mito Station, it's a 30-minute walk along the edge of Lake Senba to Kairakuen Garden.

Quick Facts

Plum blossom-scented perfume is sold at a shop in the garden

Kairakuen was made by the Lord of the Mito Domain during the Edo period

Kairakuen is considered one of the three great gardens in Japan, along with Kenrokuen in Ishikawa Prefecture and Korakuen in Okayama Prefecture

Colorful Kairakuen Park

The Mito Plum Festival is held at Kairakuen Garden , a huge and historic park at the center of Mito. The park is known for its natural beauty in all seasons but particularly in spring, when its 3,000 plum trees are in bloom. The park has a total of 100 varieties of plum trees with many different-colored flowers.

The renewal of spring

When the plum trees are in bloom, Kairakuen becomes a delicately shaded dreamworld. Seeing plum trees blossoming symbolizes the end of the long, cold winter and the coming of spring. During the Mito Plum Festival, the park fills with revelers enjoying the pretty colors, picnicking and drinking.

Special events to keep you around

Special events occur during the festival as well. They include guided tours of the garden, plant fairs, musical performances on traditional Japanese instruments, snack stands, vendors selling exclusive goods only available at the festival, a guided nighttime walk where you can see the candlelit plum blossoms, and a fireworks display.

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