Mito & Kairaku-en

Home to One of Japan’s Legendary Gardens

Donny Kimball
7 min readJul 5, 2017

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Cherry blossoms near Mito’s Lake Senba during spring in Ibaraki Prefecture

Today, we will be journeying back up north to the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture for a hidden gem that is often overlooked, the city of Mito. Though firmly located off the beaten path, Mito is by no means a “countryside” destination. Indeed, the immediate area around the JR station is much like a mini neighborhood of Tokyo or Osaka unto itself. Nevertheless, Mito is…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/