Kairakuen Garden is one of the official Top 3 Gardens of Japan, along with Korakuen (Okayama) and Kenrokuen (Kanazawa). The garden was built by Tokugawa Nariaki and opened in 1842. The lords enjoyed it but it was also open to the public which was not the case for similar gardens elsewhere in the country. The Kobuntei however, was used only by the...more
Mito Castle was one of the famous Tokugawa Castles, along with Nagoya Castle and Wakayama Castle. Unlike the other two, it was very simple with few fortifications. It was decommisioned in 1871 and what was left of it was then bombed in WWII so there is not much to see today however the Kodokan is within the old castle grounds, so those visiting the...more
Tokiwa Shrine was built in 1874 to enshrine Tokugawa Mitsukuni and Tokugawa Nariaki, important local lords known as Gikou and Rekkou respectively. It only took a little over a year to sanction the building of this shrine, raise the funds, and build it, which is said to show how important and popular these two men were.The shrine is located just...more
The Kodokan was opened in 1841 and used as the Mito clan's school. It was built by Tokugawa Nariaki who also built Kairakuen Garden. It was the largest clan school at the time and was used as both a military and academic school.The building has survived without being rebuilt, although it suffered damage in the March 11 Tohoku Earthquake in 2011. I...more
Tatsuya Matsui is a very young inventor and scientist. He has already have a showing of his flower robotics in France. Matsui was born in Japan in 1969 and worked for Kenzo Tange Associates. In 1998, he visited France and he was the researcher for the ENSCI and Lotus France. He designed the sigmanoid robots called the "SIG" and "PINO". He also...more
The future's bus, train and airplanes future innovations are on display at the Mito Art Museum. Besides this, there's also the Tatsuya Matsui Flower Robotics. (Due to strict regulations, I can't show you pictures. I was not allowed to carry any cameras at all! Some inventions are still in progress).There are robots that can mimick sounds. When you...more
Believe me, taking the elevator up to the Mito Tower is like being squeezed like a sardine! There were only four of us who took the elevator but I felt like I can't breathe!The elevator is so small that's why. But, up at the tower, I can see the city of Mito! There are circular windows to view the city. It's not much to see really. There's not much...more
Kairakuen Plum Park is located at Mito, capital of Ibaraki prefecture, and it was landscaped by a domain head who was a member of Tokugawa family in 1842. Since then this park has been known as one of the major three parks in Japan. A staute of Mito Mitsukuni who is also known as "Mito Koumon" welcome visitors. He is one of the most famous heroes...more
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From Tokyo, go to Ueno Station. From there, there are express trains that go to Mito (Joban Line). It takes a little over an hour. If you choose not to take the express trains it takes about 2.5 hours.
From Utsunomiya, you can take the Utsunomiya Line trains to Oyama and transfer to the Mito Line. From there transfer again at Tomobe to the Joban Line to get to Mito Station. It takes about 2 hours from Utsunomiya.
When you visit Mito City, make sure to take a map with you and plan ahead of time. Decide which place you wanted to go first before heading there so you will not waste a lot of time roaming around in your car and the street signs are kind of confusing! Besides, the streets are one-way streets close to the Mito Tower!
Make sure to park at the garage of the Mito Tower instead of parking somewhere else. It is more convenient than roaming around the tower just to find parking. The street is extremely busy and thus, hard to find parking!
Unique Suggestions: Just park inside the Mito Tower parking garage for $5.00. It saves you time and energy looking for parking.
Fun Alternatives: Same as above!
Luggage and bags:
Carry a sandwich bag! There is only one restaurant closeby and it is kind of pricy. If you just intended to go up at the Mito Tower just to take a look, you can do this in probably an hour- that is if you opted to go to the tower and view the ongoing display at the museum.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on what time of year- wear something comfy!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Not necessary to pack these things
Photo Equipment: Digital camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not necessary to bring these