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Around JR Mito Station (for now). Kodokan, Kairakuen Garden etc.

Mito - Guide

The capital city of Ibaraki Prefecture.

pinKodo-kan [弘道館]



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9:00-17:00 (-16:30 Oct-Feb 19); 200yen; closed Dec 29-31

Kodo-kan was Mito Domain's official educational institution for samurai who belonged to the domain during the Edo period. The part that survived a civil war in 1868 and WWII remains.
Near JR Mito Sta.

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pinKairaku-en Garden [偕楽園]



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[Garden] 6:00-19:00 (-18:00 Oct-midFeb), daily open; free
[Kobun-tei] 9:00-17:00 (-16:30 Oct-midFeb); 200yen; closed Dec 29-31

Kairakuen is a Japanese stroll garden famous for its Japanese apricot blossom. It has been open to the general public ever since the garden was founded by the then domain lord of Mito in 1842. Kobun-tei is the post-war reconstruction of its villa building. (For some reason it is called one of the three greatest gardens of Japan but this claim seems baseless.)
Located near JR Kairakuen Sta which operates only late Feb to Mar.

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pinIbaraki Prefectural Museum of History [茨城県立歴史館]



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[Garden] 6:00-19:00 (7:00-18:00 Oct-Feb 19); free; closed Mon* & Dec 29-Jan 1

There are several old or reconstructed buildings in the garden of this museum. As for the indoor exhibition, opening hours are 9:30am-5pm and the fee for its permanent exhibition is 150yen.

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pinMito Hachimangu Shrine [水戸八幡宮]



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Mito Hachimangu retains a fine shrine complex built in the Edo period.

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pinNijusanya-son Keiganji Temple [二十三夜尊(桂岸寺)]



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Keiganji is a Shingon Buddhist temple with brightly-colored buildings. Howaen, a small stroll garden next to the temple, used to be the garden of the temple.

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pinShinganji Temple [信願寺]



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Shinganji is a Shin Buddhist temple near the Prefectural Museum of History. If you are visiting the museum, take a look at it.

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pinIbaraki-ken Gokoku Jinja Shrine [茨城県護国神社]



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This is a shrine dedicated to the war dead soldiers who went to war from Ibaraki Prefecture. Its shrine complex survived WII.

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pinYoshida Jinja Shrine [吉田神社]



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Yoshida Jinja is a Shinto shrine with well-maintained precincts.
30-min walk from JR Mito Sta.

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pinYakuo-in Temple [薬王院]



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Yakuoin is a Tendai Buddism temple not far from Yoshida Shrine.

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