Mito is located in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. The city is most famous for the Kairaku-en Garden, which is known as one of the three great gardens of Japan. With more than 3,000 plum trees of 100 varieties and other seasonal plants including rape blossoms and cosmos, it is a place of relaxation for local people of all generations, from young couples to families.
While worth a visit throughout the year, Kairakuen is most attractive during the plum blossom season, which usually happens in late February and March. The Mito Plum Festival is held annually from February 20 to March 31. Visitors can enjoy all sorts of fine arts at the Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art, Mito Geijutsu-kan (Art Tower Mito), and the Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History year-round.