Omiya Bonsai Village
Omiya Bonsai Village
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Omiya Bonsai Village is an area encompassing 6 Bonsai gardens, located in the north of Tokyo, accessible within 30 minutes by train. Known as the mecca of bonsai, Omiya Bonsai Village is visited by numerous bonsai lovers not only from all over Japan but also all over the world. Omiya Bonsai Village was formed around 1925 by bonsai gardeners who moved from Tokyo due to the damage caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake. Today, there are 6 bonsai gardens in Omiya Bonsai Village. You may discover the distinctive characteristics of each bonsai gardener by browsing their collections and elaborate works. *Mansei-en: Moved to Omiya in 1925, *Kyuka-en: Since 1929, *Toju-en: Since 1931, *Fuyo-en: Since 1939, *Seikou-en: Moved to Omiya in 1943, *Shosetsu-en: Since 1977. Come and explore the magical beauty of bonsai in Omiya Bonsai Village!
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Sriver
Hobart, Australia181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend of mine is a keen bonsai person and he mentioned this village before I left on my trip to Tokyo. It is about 40 min from Tokyo. I went by train from Ikebukuro to Akabane then took a train to Toro. The Bonsai museum is a short walk to the station. Some of the nurseries are not far away. They are closed on Thursdays. There is a person at the museum that 'loves bonsai' and can explain what is on display. They can also direct you to the nurseries. One I visited had a bonsai class in progress. They had hundreds of bonsai on display and were watering them at the time. You could spend a day in this peaceful neighborhood exploring.
Written June 3, 2012
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forensicsgirl
San Antonio, TX1,608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
We booked a tour of Masahiko Kimura's garden through Yoshihiro Nakamizu. Yoshi arranged to meet us at JR line's Toro station in Saitama.

After visiting Kimura's garden, we had lunch at Bonsai Restaurant Omiya. Omiya Bonsai Village has five bonsai gardens and a museum featuring bonsai trees. Each bonsai garden is different. Before arriving at Omiya Bonsai Village, I didn't realize there were different styles between coniferous and deciduous bonsai trees.

I wish there was a way to enjoy a pot of tea while sitting amongst the bonsai trees. The bonsai trees are beautiful and wonderful to admire.
Written May 1, 2015
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Rudi S
Benitachell, Spain578 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Couples
Located in Omiya Toro is the Bonsai Museum (closed Thursdays) and 4 Bonsai nurseries within 5 - 15 min walk which display hundreds of amazing Bonsais. Phantastic ! If you are coming from Ueno JR station take the Utzunomiya JR line which starts in Ueno and leave the train one station after Omiya: called Toro. Well worth a visit not just the Bonsais but also the high class environment of people living there.
Written November 30, 2014
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weboflifeDelhi
Delhi60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
If you are interested in bonsai among everything else to discover and learn about in Japan, visiting this bonsai village for a day is recommended. It is nice to do it on a weekend. It is a day trip by train and is very accessible from Tokyo. The village is at a very short walking distance from the station where you get down. You can walk through the village and see bonsai in homes, nurseries and an excellent museums. There are small restaurants in the village where you can have lunch. It is possible to return to Tokyo by around 5 pm
Written March 1, 2018
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Bronwyn H
Dunoon, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
The day we visited was very quiet and sunny. The village doesn't seem to be advertised at all, especially to tourists generally. We found out about it through a friend. It is a little outside Tokyo city but easily accessed by Shinkansen in half an hour with JR. pass. We got a map from the Bonsai museum and spent a very inspiring couple of hours cruising the excellent nurseries, all open to visitors for free. If you are into bonsai, the proprietors are very helpful and let you watch artists at work. A great day, and absolutely no crowds!
Written December 1, 2015
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Jansje S
Paris, France203 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Couples
We took the train from Akinhabara station to Toro Station in Omiya, about a 45 minutes ride. Omiya is the Bonsai Village of Japan and gives a feeling of a village rather than a town. After a 10 minute walk we arrived at the "Bonsai Museum", a small museum with a beautiful garden showing off trees of over 100 years old. Spectacular! It sets the standard for our visit to some bonsai nurseries. Omiya seems a relatively well off community where the Bonsai nurseries look from the outside like private homes. Once there you step into a whole different world where 80 year old trees are only 60cm tall and considered very tall...The gardeners use different sheers to snip away a small branch or a new shoot knowing that it never can be replaced in the evergreens. We saw quite some gardeners who were busy snipping away at new small roots, scraping away hard soil and replacing it with nice fresh one before repotting the trees. Many of the bonsai trees had a sort of wire around its branches to force it to grow in a certain way. Old bark of old trees were somehow kept and shaped in sculpturally shapes. Hundreds of plants were set on shelves, vendors were busy either talking to clients or getting bonsai trees ready for shipment around the world. We had lunch in the "Bonsai" restaurant across from the Bonsai museum before returning to Tokyo. A very special day spent in a very special world. A wonderful experience!
Written May 7, 2015
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MichelleDandMichaelW
Perth, Australia44 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Couples
We visited the Omiya Bonsai Village in early February 2015 and found it exquisite. To see so many amazing bonsai in one area was incredible. We also visited the Bonsai Museum which was fantastic. We had lunch at the Bonsai Restaurant in Omiya and the food was beautiful. We would thoroughly recommend doing a tour with Mr Yoshihiro Nakamizu of the Bonsai Network Japan. He arranged an amazing tour for us and we got to visit many places in Omiya and Tokyo that we would never have been able to find on our own. The tour went for approximately 8 hours and was very professional. Highly recommended.
Written February 25, 2015
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Honestcouple
Lancashire131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A relaxing mid morning walk in this tranquil setting. Even with the map from the Bonsai Art Museum and my Google Map we managed to walk past 2 gardens/nurseries without realising it. Good news is that’s a reason to return.
Written December 22, 2019
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SAIBON287
Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
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Jul 2019
I visited Omiya Bonsai village to take bonsai lessons at one of nurseries near the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, which I have been to before and is quite a nice little museum. You can see traditional quality bonsai trees and learn how to appreciate and decorate with them in Japanese traditional rooms. After my bonsai lesson, on the way back to the Toro station of JR, I happened to drop in a small local café named “Café and ...” (near Bonsai Restaurant Omiya) for lunch.
I found that the café was quite nice and cozy. I had the Japanese-style lunch set and coffee, which were very good. The café owner, who was a lady and could speak English, was very friendly and I enjoyed the meal very much. They serve Japanese style noodle (Udon) and Japanese green tea as well. It should be nice to take a short break or lunch at the “Café and ...” after visiting the Bonsai Museum and some nurseries nearby.
Written September 5, 2019
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Selsy
New Zealand9,158 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Solo
This is a quiet suburban area of Tokyo, where there are several bonsai growers. It's a nice area to walk around after visiting the Bonsai Art Museum. The bonsai growers gardens are open to the public and have a wide range of beautiful bonsai. I liked Fuyo-En the best. Their trees were neatly laid out so it was easy to walk around and see them. They also had quite a nice variety of bonsai including a lot of fruit trees. I loved seeing lemons, persimmons, quinces and crab apples as bonsai.
Written November 17, 2017
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