The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
Appreciate the leading works of bonsai in Japan at the world’s first public bonsai museum
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum was opened in the spring of 2010 as a facility which promotes the bonsai culture. It disseminates information both at home and abroad through activities such as the exhibition of the world-class works of bonsai.
Bonsai is a form of traditional Japanese culture which is to plant a tree in a pot and to appreciate the shape of branches, leaves and the trunk line. It is said it started around the 9th century. In order to produce a tree that resembles a tree in nature and to shape it more beautifully, various techniques such as pruning and wiring branches are competed. As trees are living things, the features of bonsai include: there is no completion in bonsai works, the shape keeps changing, and it requires constant care such as fertilization and watering.
All bonsai exhibited at Omiya Bonsai Art Museum are first-class works. There are masterpieces of Goyo-matsu (Japanese white pine) and each of them is valued at more than 100 million yen. Now, bonsai is well-known overseas and many tourists from around the world visit the bonsai museum.
The museum is adjacent to “Bonsai-mura (bonsai village)” where bonsai vendors and bonsai lovers reside. There are about 10 bonsai gardens around Bonsai-mura which create quiet and lush scenery. In the village, there are rows of trees such as maples, keyaki trees and cherry trees. Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of all seasons.
Address: 2-24-3, Toro-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
Hours open to visitors: March-October 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
November -February 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Admission Fee: Adult 300 yen
Closed: Thursday (Open on Thursdays that fall on national holidays), the year-end through the New Year period, and the term due to preparations
From Tokyo:[Rail]About 20-min by JR Keihin Tohoku Line rapid train from Tokyo Station to Akabane Station, 21-min by JR Tohoku Main Line from Akabane Station to Toro Station, 5-min walk from Toro Station