Things to do / Traditional festivals

Ibaraki: Mito-no-Ume Matsuri

Ume (Japanese apricot) Flower Festival. There are more than 3,000 of around 100 varieties of apricot trees in Kairaku-en. Various events are scheduled, such as Nodate(Tea ticket is 300JPY), traditional Japanese performances and Hina-nagashi (floating paper dolls down on a stream). Admission to Kairaku-en is 300JPY, and to Kodo-kan is 400JPY.

Schedule & Key events:
● Feb. 15-March 22 Sunset-7 p.m. Flowers and trees are lit up at Kairaku-en
● Feb. 22 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Budo-enbu(Japanese martial arts performance)
at Kodo-kan
1 p.m.-2 p.m. Bojutsu (performance with Cudgels)
at Kodo-kan
● Feb. 23   11 a.m.-noon Hina-nagashi at Kairaku-en
● Feb. 15, 22 & 23
    10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nodate at Kairaku-en

Location: Kairaku-en Kodo-kan, Mito, Ibaraki

Kairaku-en: (1) JR Joban Line to Kairakuen Rinji (temporary) Sta. (This station is available only for trains leaving JR Ueno Sta. between 8:00 and 14:00, operated on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays) (2) JR Joban Line to Mito Sta. (North Exit). From there, take bus to Kairakuen Bus Stop (20 min.) Kodo-kan: JR Joban Line to Mito Sta. (North Exit), and then walk 8 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.