Howaen Garden

Central Ibaraki



Howaen Garden is a spacious garden adjacent to Keiganji Temple (established in 1682). It is a popular place to enjoy blooming hydrangeas in Mito.
The garden's history is said to have begun around the late 17th century when Mitsukuni Tokugawa (1628 - 1701), the second lord of the Mito Domain, granted it the name Howaen.
During the early Showa period (1926 - 1989), the garden was expanded with a pond and artificial hills added to its landscaping by local volunteers and became a pure Japanese-style garden.
Hydrangeas were planted in Howaen Garden after the authority of the garden was transferred from the temple to Mito City in 1950.
When June arrives, the garden's 6,000 hydrangeas in 100 varieties reach their peak, making it the best time to view the flowers. The Mito Hydrangea Festival takes place during this season.


13-19 Matsumotocho, Mito City
By public transport:
15 minutes by bus from Mito Station North Exit, get off at "Howaen Iriguchi" and walk for 3 minutes. Or 13 minutes by taxi
By car:
20 minutes from Mito-Kita IC on the Joban Expressway
10 minutes from Mito-Kita Smart IC (ETC cars only) on the Joban Expressway
Business Hours
24 hours
Use nearby parking lots
* A temporary parking lot is set up during the Mito Hydrangea Festival.


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