Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama

Learn about the history and charms of “bonsai” at this museum

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“Bonsai” is one of the traditional arts of Japan. It is the art of growing plants in planters such as pottery and enjoying how the branches and leaves express nature. The Bonsai Art Museum is specifically dedicated to this art form.
Business Hours
Monday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:0 PM )
Tuesday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:0 PM )
Wednesday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:0 PM )
Friday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:0 PM )
Saturday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:0 PM )
Sunday ( 9:0 AM ~ 4:0 PM )

[close] Thursday(Open during national holidays.) Closed on December 29 – January 3.
Adult: 300 YEN

High school/University students and persons over 65 : 150 YEN Elementary School and Junior High School student : 100 YEN
Saitama-ken, Saitama-shi, Kita-ku, Torochō, 2 Chome−24−3 さいたま市大宮盆栽美術館
(048) 780-2091

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Expressing Japan’s four seasons through bonsai

Bonsai involves growing plants in small containers and having their branches and leaves shaped to express nature. Brought over from China in the Heian Era, it became actively enjoyed in the Edo Era. Bonsai, which takes time and effort, is known as a hobby for people like the elderly, but for the past several years, it has also received attention overseas and bonsai culture has been rising in popularity. In addition, it has also become a cute statement in terms of interior design starting from the small pots, and in recent years, it has become a hit with young women.

The Bonsai Art Museum began displaying bonsai from its opening in 2010. Omiya has a Bonsai Village, and so the museum was established by the village. Aside from a display of bonsai, the museum also provides a plethora of information pertaining to the art such as displays of the pots and stones used for the art, paintings such as ukiyo-e which have depicted bonsai, and historical information related to bonsai.

Furthermore, in the large bonsai garden that is in the museum, pine that is a staple for bonsai is displayed through approximately 60 exhibits, shaped into trees such as maple. The time spent leisurely viewing the bonsai from Azumaya in the center of the garden and getting a sense of nature is one of the charms of this Japanese traditional culture. How about starting your knowledge of bonsai from this occasion? As well, around the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, there are 6 bonsai gardens in operation which make up the Bonsai Village. If you have become interested in bonsai after a visit to the museum, then it would be great to visit these gardens by all means.

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