For anyone interested in the art of bonsai, a visit to the Omiya Bonsai Village near Tokyo is highly recommended.
The ‘village’ is home to about a dozen top Bonsai nurseries as well as The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, which boasts a stunning collection and displays special exhibitions regularly. The museum offers great insights in Bonsai history, culture and equipment.
Among the excellent nurseries, we particularly recommend:
Mansei-en is a stunning garden located close to the museum. The Bonsai trees are beautifully displayed and inside the building you will find more trees displayed together with accessory plants and scrolls.
Toju-en is a Bonsai nursery with several fine Bonsai trees and also offers Bonsai classes (in Japanese only) at weekends.
Displaying one of the most beautiful collections of Bonsai trees in Omiya, Seiko-en is a must-visit. This garden is the only one in Omiya to charge an entrance fee.
This nursery is close to the Omiya-Koen train station. The garden is very beautiful and contains several Bonsai masterpieces.