Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
24Trip End Nov 14, 2007
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Mito is a larger city not far from here, the capitol of this prefecture. There's nothing particularly special about it, except Kairaku-en garden, which is touted as one of Japan's three best gardens. Everything comes in 3's here, as that's a lucky number. Kairaku-en is not the typical manicured Japanese garden. It is best known for its 3000 plum trees; it must be quite a sight in spring when the plums and cherries are in bloom. Other than that, it's a bit boring. There is a nice bamboo forest and a cedar forest with some impressive large trees. It's very peaceful, and on a nice day there would be a good view of surrounding fields and a lake that lies right below the garden
After exploring the garden (and lucking out with a break in the rain), we walked around downtown near the train station and high-rises. There's a cool little shrine right among the big buildings.
I'll enclose some photos. Click on the individual photos to see them full-size and for commentary.
(Note - this is it for awhile, as I finally caught up, yay! We're going to Nikko on Sunday, so expect lots of photos after we get back Wednesday. Have a great weekend.)