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1 day Omiya Bonsai Village Tour from Tokyo

2017.08.31

Take pleasure in a Bonsai tour in Omiya, well known as the hometown of Bonsai! Experience Japanese Bonsai culture and get a touch of how Bonsai works.

What is Bonsai?
Bonsai is known as a work of “living art” in Japan, and it has been prominent in Japanese culture since long ago. Unlike planting trees in a field, Bonsai trees are delicately cultivated on a tray or bowl where the grower has more control of the size and amount of roots that grow and thus are able to confine the root systems and miniaturize trees.

The terrestrial heat is cut off in the Bonsai pot, this decreases the soil temperature and limits the amount of oxygen inside. As a result, the growth of Bonsai trees is intentionally delayed to the utmost limit. This creates the suitable environment to produce the Bonsai art form. The well-being and growth of Bonsai trees is delicately crafted through consistent cultivation techniques such as pruning, potting, root reduction. This living art form requires patience and perseverance in order to give the spectacular appearance of a miniature landscape of full-size trees in nature.

Omiya Bonsai Village:
Omiya Bonsai Village is a neighbourhood located in Saitama prefecture. This area has long been a top destination for many Bonsai enthusiasts not only in Japan but also around the world. In the past, many gardeners who created and took care of gardens such as the Daimyo Yashiki were living in Tokyo. Soon afterwards, gardeners specialising in Bonsai growing were also born. After the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) many of these gardeners moved away from Tokyo in search of suitable land and soil for Bonsai cultivation. A community of Bonsai gardeners in Omiya Bonsai Village assembled. Till this day, this Bonsai village is known as the sacred and prestigious place of Bonsai cultivation. At the peak of its cultivation in 1935, there were about thirty Bonsai gardens, but now there are only five gardens. The community of exceptional Bonsai growers in Omiya Bonsai Village are committed to keep the Bonsai culture alive. Here, you can experience these five Bonsai gardens, each handling a specialized Bonsai.

What is Omiya Bonsai Art Museum?
Omiya Bonsai Museum is the first public Bonsai art museum that opened in the world. This museum is located in close proximity to the famous Omiya Bonsai Village. Here, you are able to view a collection of Bonsai treasures such as Bonsai pots, water stones, and ukiyo-e paintings in depicting beautiful Bonsai trees. The museum collects and publishes various artworks portraying Bonsai, as well as seasonal Bonsai trees, pottery, and other historical materials and visual culture. In addition to its impressive collection galleries, the museum also has bonsai gardens on display with 40 to 50 Bonsai trees. There are scenic spots where you can look at Bonsai trees in a 360-degree view from all directions, and observe the differences between the front and the back. Moreover, there is an exceptional Bonsai terrace on the 2nd floor of the main building, where you can enjoy a higher view of the Bonsai garden and take wonderful pictures.

Price per person:
Regular option (half day)
30,500 yen for 1 person
15,500 yen for 2 persons
10,500 yen for 3 persons
7,900 yen for 4 persons
6,500 yen for 5 persons
5,500 yen for 6 persons or more

Underground Discharge Channel viewing option
38,500 yen for 1 person
19,500 yen for 2 persons
13,100 yen for 3 persons
9,900 yen for 4 persons
8,000 yen for 5 persons
6,800 yen for 6 persons or more

Bonsai Master’s Home Visit option
67,300 yen for 1 person
37,900 yen for 2 persons
28,100 yen for 3 persons
23,200 yen for 4 persons
20,200 yen for 5 persons
18,200 yen for 6 persons

Tour Detail

Tour Style

This is a short trip program.
- Some programs are not conducted on daily basis. Please ask us for availability first.
- Private tour
- Program offered in English
- Thursday is not available. (Bonsai village and Bonsai museum are closed.)
Meeting Place Meet with your English-speaking tour assistant at the lobby of the hotel in Tokyo 23 wards (Except Bonsai Master’s Home Visit option)

Group Size

Min. 1 person

Duration

Half day or 1 day tour

Destination

Tour Itinerary

Sample Itinerary:
8:30AM Hotel pick up from English-speaking tour assistant, go to Omiya Bonsai Garden
9:30AM Arrive at Toro station
9:45AM-11:00AM Tour of Omiya Bonsai Museum
11:00AM – 12:30PM Walking around Bonsai village
12:30PM People returning to Tokyo will be dropped off at Omiya Park station or the Toro station. For people who want to stroll around the Bonsai village a little longer will end the tour there.

Underground Discharge Channel viewing option:
Only on Wednesdays and Fridays – visit the enormous underground water storage tank and drainage canal in Saitama. It resembles an “underground temple” and has been used in various movie scenes as it has a majestic and mystic aura.

Morning: Same as the Sample Itinerary.
12:30 – 1:20 PM Have lunch at the front of Omiya Park station
~Visit the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (3-4PM)~ 6:00PM Arrive at hotel in Tokyo
**Please note – participants under the age of 6 cannot participate in this tour
Please wear durable trainers that are easy to walk and move around in

Bonsai Master’s Home Visit option:
You can choose this option if you would like to hear personal stories from Bonsai craftsmen and Masters in Japan, and have the opportunity to ask various questions.

10:00 AM Go to the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum with English-speaking tour assistant from Toro station.(in Saitama Pref.)
~Omiya Bonsai Village Walking~ Visit to Bonsai Master’s Home
4:00 PM Tour ends at Toro Station

What's Included

- English-speaking tour assistant
- Hotel pick-up (Except Bonsai Master’s Home Visit option)
- Admission fee

What’s not included:

- Lunch fee
- Train fare in the tour

Tour Tips:

Booking process
1. Please contact us for availability through ‘BOOK IT’ button below.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 1 business day.
3. Payment request will be sent via Paypal. You do not need to have a paypal account to make a payment with your credit card.

4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 9 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled less than 8 days before the program date will incur the following charges:
- Between 8 days and 3 days: 50% of the program charge

- 2 day before or no show: 100% of the program charge
*Time is in JST.