Relax at one of Japan’s top gardens
Mito, which is home to one of Japan’s three best landscape gardens, impressive modern art, and architecture, was the seat of the important, influential Mito clan during Japan’s Edo period. Head outside the city for bungee jumping, hiking, and camping.
Mito’s main attraction is Kairakuen Garden , a sprawling park designed in the 19th century with over 3,000 plum trees. The best time to see the plum blossoms is in late February and early March during the Mito Plum Festival, when pink, white, and red blossoms fill the park and people gather to witness the first signs of spring.