Peak season at Kairakuen blossom festival
One of spring's most elegant fragrances is drawing crowds to Kairakuen, home to about 3,000 plum trees. The Mito Plum Blossom Festival, showcasing about 100 species, opened in mid-February for the first time in two years, following its cancellation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plum blossoms are in full bloom now but visitors can still enjoy late-blooming blossoms until March 19th.
Kairakuen in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa City and Okayama Korakuen in western Japan.