History of the Bonsai Village
The Bonsai Village was established in Omiya over seventy years ago in 1925, two years
after the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923. Bonsai growers who had lived in the Hongo Area
in Tokyo, learned a lesson from the earthquake and decided to move to Omiya where there
was good soil for nurturing bonsai with clean water and fresh air. At its peak, Bonsai
Village encompassed more than 30 distinguished Houses. Today, more than 10 Houses can be
found in the area, consistently producing some of the world's most envied and beautiful
bonsai. In addition, the Great Bonsai Festival draws great crowds and is held each year
from May 3rd to May 5th. Bonsai is very popular abroad, and Bonsai Village has hosted
young trainees from Europe and the United States while entertaining 10,000 visitors from
abroad annually. Though Japanese people tend to regard bonsai as being rather exclusive,
bonsai trees are very easy to admire.
Visitors are welcome to stroll around Bonsai Village at their leisure. For those who have
tired from a day's worth of sightseeing, the Japanese-style "House of Four Seasons"
provides a relaxing complementary rest area.
Important Note - Most nurseries in the Bonsai Village are CLOSED
Bonsai Nurseries in the Omiya Bonsai Village
All of the Bonsai nurseries in Bonsai-cho are within walking
distance from the local railway stations, they are about 2 minutes' walk from Omiya Koen
Station of the Tobu Noda Line, and about 5 minutes' walk from Toro Station of JR Tohoku
Line. More information about these nurseries is available at the above link.
12. Fuyo-en - 96 Bonsai-cho, Tel. 048-666-2400
This bonsai estate
owns a collection centered around deciduous trees.
13. Shouto-en - 90 Bonsai-cho, Tel. 048-652-1033
Concentrates on selling
bonsai tools such as pots and scissors.
15. Seikou-en - 268 Bonsai-cho, Tel.
Handles a wide variety of bonsai trees in each season of the year. Also
famous for well-studied bamboo bonsai pieces.
16. Mansei-en -
285 Bonsai-cho, Tel. 048-663-3991
A bonsai garden where you can enjoy from mountain
wild plants to artistic bonsai pieces. In this garden, Ezomatsu (Japanese spruce) is a
must to see. Also a bonsai class is offered.
14. Kyuka-en -
131 Bonsai-cho, Tel. 048-663-0423
The owner of this garden is good at nurturing
creative bonsai pieces. Original tools are also sold here.
17. Tojyu-en - 247 Bonsai-
cho, Tel. 048-663-3899
Concentrates on making middle-class but elegant bonsai trees.
Also offers a bonsai class that you can easily join on Saturday and Sunday. The monthly
fee is 6,000 yen with a 5,000 yen-admission fee.
18. Ryuho-en - 236 Bonsai-
cho, Tel. 048-663-2267
Concentrates on natural bonsai with minimum human touch for
19. Fukushima-en - 1515
Toro-cho, Tel. 048-663-2400
Works on bonsai, mainly on azalea, which can easily be
grown at home.
4. The House of the Four
Seasons - Tel. 048-664-1636
The House of the Four Seasons stands in the nook of Bonsai Village. The house offers rooms
which can be used for tea ceremonies, Japanese dance practice or meetings for rent with a
charge. It also has free space for rest which anyone can use. This is the place where you
can really enjoy the authentic Japanese atmosphere. The harmony of the House with the
surrounding bonsai gardens is a unique feature of the village.
7. Cherry Tree Street
kanraku-en - 261 Bonsai-cho, Ph 81 48 663 3308
- 113 Bonsai-cho, Ph y81 48 651 4162
Ikko-en - 479 Bonsai-cho, Ph 81 48 663 7943
Taiko-en - 89 Bonsai-cho, Ph 81 48 665 3443
Shoto-en - 90 Bonsai-cho, Ph 81 48 652 1033
Bonsai Shiki-no-ie - 267-1 Bonsai-cho, Ph 81-48-
Minuma Green Center & Citizens' Garden - 2-94
Minuma, Ph 81-48-664-5915
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Bonsai Village of Someya
There is a second area in Omiya City that specializes in growing Bonsai and has several
nurseries in close proximity. The link above will show you a detailed map of the area. For
more information I suggest you contact the Omiya Sightseeing Association.
Location: The Bonsai nurseries at Someya are 10 minutes walk from Someyanaka bus stop
on the Kokusai Kogyo bus route for Someya Orikaeshijo. You can take bus numbered 03 at Bus
Track 7 on the East side of Omiya Station and get off at Someya Shindo, its about 5
minutes walk from the bus stop. Below are the nurseries that you will find at Someya
Yakumo Mansei-en - 3-421 Someya, Tel. 048-683-1018
garden owns a wide variety of bonsai pieces from wild mountain plants to creative bonsai
trees. This garden is included in a Hato Bus tour.
Issei-en - 2-293 Someya, Tel. 048-683-6045
owner of this garden excels in nurturing creative bonsai trees whose natural forms are
Seifu-en - 3-285 Someya, Tel. 048-683-3238
garden offers bonsai trees of Ezomatsu(Japanese Spruce), Kuromatsu(Black Pine) as well as
deciduous trees such as mountain maple trees and plum trees.
These other Bonsai nurseries are also in Omiya City
Shosetsu-en - 2-640 Higashionari-cho, Ph 81
48 664 5332
Bonsai Ohno - 1373 Katayanagi, Ph 81 48 686
Bonsai Nurseries in the Saitama Prefecture
In May there is a Bonsai Festival (Bonsai
Mura) held at Bonsai Village Bonsai-cho
Yr 2000 - May 3rd~5th, 9:00~5:00
at Bonsai Shikino-ie Hause
and Bonsai Gardens (Bonsai-cho)
Bonsai Festival will open same date, every year
More information about Omiya City and Omiya Bonsai
Convention and Visitors Bureau
Saitama Map - PDF
Tourist Information Bureau / Omiya Station 630, Nishiki-cho, Tel. 048-644-1144
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Other visitors experiences in Omiya
A photographic tour of Omiya Bonsai Villiage - Joe Morgan-Payler
This is part of a story by Brian Inglis about his trip to
Japan - Read the rest of
Brians story and pictures. - firstname.lastname@example.org
The bonsai nurseries in Omiya are beautiful, so are their trees! Remember that
you cannot photograph them. I was knocked for six in Bonsai Heaven but I was disappointed
that I had not allowed enough time to visit them all. They are not open on Thursdays and I
was being guided so had to go when and where the guide went. A lot of time is taken up
with introductions, tea and bonsai discussion before looking at the Bonsai. The Bonsai
masters I met were really nice, unpretentious people and very generous. I reckon I would
have needed about 4 or 5 days to see the lot properly.
Web Page - In Omiya City, the staff at the Information and Travel Bureau in City Hall
made me most welcome and their hospitality was wonderful. I must acknowledge especially
Masahiro Owada in that office and the trouble he went to on
my behalf. It was far above and bdyond the call of duty, including arranging for a
delightful guide named Noriko Ishiguro.
Both times that I went to Japan I visited Omiya's bonsai village and enjoyed the
experience immensely. Mansei En, home of Saburo Kato,
is definitely worth the train trip from Tokyo, as are the many other Bonsai gardens (most
within easy walking distance from each other). From: Les Dowdell
From: Marty & Patty Weiser weiser@EZNET.COM
I went to Omiya to see the bonsai village. Unfortunately, Omiya is a large city
with few obvious English speakers, I had forgotten to take detailed directions, and the
bonsai villiage is not within eyesight of the main rail line. As a result I found a neat
urban park and temple instead. These are located to the NE (right as you come from Tokyo)
of the main rail station about 1 km away. I figured I had better be prepared for my next
visit to Japan so I had the hotel concierge sort out the directions after I got back. The
first step is to get to Omiya main station. This is fairly easy on the JR lines and costs
about 500 yen each way from downtown Tokyo. Most of the cars now have lighted displays to
give the next stop name in Romanji, Kanji, and Hiragangi (I may have spelled the last
wrong and only read the first). A word to the wise is that when everyone else gets off the
train before you reach your destination you should follow the crowd as there has been a
train change. Once you reach Omiya it is time to change to the local train. You want the
Tobu Noda Line for Omiya Koen Station. I did not make it this far, but I suspect that this
entails going from the main station to a secondary station nearby (I saw directions to the
other station) since there are several train companies and I beleive that this is a
different company's line.