Bonsai Village in Ōmiya
Bonsai Village is the neighborhood surrounding the Bonsai Art Museum in Ōmiya, which is home to the biggest concentration of bonsai nurseries in Japan. If you’re as much of a tiny tree fangirl as I am, ogling the pristine specimen trees at the museum followed by a stroll through nurseries packed with works-in0-progress is one of the must-see day trips near Tokyo.
And now it’s time to walk around the neighborhood and see the living art of bonsai in practice!
*Photos are only allowed in selected spots at the museum and are prohibited at the nurseries (which of course is their right, since they are private businesses). At first, this made no sense to me—are they worried someone might knock off their design and produce counterfeit bonsai…in 50 years?—until I realized that the trees are so photogenic they undoubtedly attract people who think it would be great place to stage their social media shoots for free +_+ Some will allow you to take a snap or two if you ask nicely and are only doing it for your own personal memories, as long as you don’t make a big production of it or use a tripod.
Ōmiya Bonsai Art Museum address: 2-24-3 Torocho
Hours: 9:00-16:30, closed Thursdays
Bonsai nursery addresses:
Mansei-en: 247 Bonsai-cho
Fuyo-en: 96 Bonsai-cho
Fuyo-en: 285 Bonsai-cho
Kyuka-en/Seiko-en: 131 Bonsai-cho
Most bonsai nurseries open at 9:00
Here’s where Ōmiya is:
Here’s a more local map, showing where the museum, nurseries, and nearest train stations are:
Here’s how to get to Bonsai Village from Tokyo:
I used the Japan Navigation phone app to figure out this route, and you can easily use it too, with your actual date and preferred arrival time. It’s also good for finding the easiest way to get to Ueno Station from where you’re staying. Here’s where to get the app and how to use it.
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