The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Saitama

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The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Saitama

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Saitama
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is the most historical public museum of Bonsai in the world. Bonsai is one of the most aesthetic Japanese traditional arts and one of the must-see attractions in Japan! Here you can appreciate our collection of more than 120 Bonsai masterpieces and bonsai-related artifacts such as bonsai pots, miniature landscape stones called Suiseki, literature, woodblock prints, etc. In addition, about 70 pots of bonsai varying with the seasons are displayed in the garden. Taken care of delicately and continuously by Bonsai masters, Bonsai exudes its fascinating glamour. We are looking forward to seeing you explore the elegance and the secrets of this unique living art at Omiya Bonsai Art Museum! ** 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM March-October/ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM November-February/ Closed December 29 – January 3./ **The opening hours are subject to change due to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
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Erkki N
Finland872 contributions
Oct 2019
This bonsai museum gives you a thorough introduction to the art of the bonsai. Different species and styles of the trees and aspects in their nursing and display are presented throughout the museum that has several sections. The tour ends in a courtyard with most impressive collection of large bonsai trees that are at least 200 years old, the oldest ones even 1000 years old! Taking photos is not allowed in all areas, but permitted at least in parts of the open air collection.

Saitama is a bit far away from the central Tokyo, but reasonably easy to reach by train. If you have several days to spend in Tokyo and have interest in the art of the bonsai, Saitama has also several bonsai nurseries you might be interested in. All in all, this museum is a heaven for any bonsai tree enthusiast!
Written 9 August 2020
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Emma C
Oxford, UK2,270 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I've wanted to visit here for years and on this trip I finally made it. So glad I did. It took about 30 mins from Tokyo station and then 5 mins walk.

The displays and descriptions inside were fantastic and really interesting and insightful (no photos allowed though). Outside were more beautiful examples including some 1000 years old and in a small area and from the viewing platforms photos were allowed.

I really enjoyed my visit and would like to go back one day.
Written 31 January 2020
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Peter Graysinp
Cos Cob, CT160 contributions
Dec 2019
The staff here are rude! They do not let you take pictures here, as if taking pictures would hurt anything there. I was trying to study some of the leafs of the tree and they kept interrupting my experience. It's supposed to be a place of tranquility but the staff make you very nervous.
Written 22 January 2020
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Honestcouple
Lancashire134 contributions
Nov 2019
The indoor introductory exhibition was an informative way to start the visit. Then outside WOW. A surprising variety of trees have been bonsaied including a beech and a crab apple tree.
Written 22 December 2019
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Kathleen A
Boulder, CO29 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had a nice visit. The displays are informative about how to look at bonsai, what are qualities to look for and keeping bonsai. There are many very, very old bonsai, one is estimated to be 1,000 years old. Many are between 150 and 250 years old. Pretty little garden too
Written 18 November 2019
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ECJ1968
Melbourne, Australia187 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
What an absolutely amazing place! I could have easily spent a fa couple of hours here. We were a group of 6 and the kids got bored after about 30 minutes. We compromised and left after an hour. The bonsais were amazing. There are bonsais that range from between 50 and 350 year’s old and there is even a 1000 year old bonsai! The museum has a small entry fee.

The museum is about 15 minutes by taxi from Omiya station which an hour away from Tokyo station by local train or 30 minutes by bullet train which is covered by the Tokyo 3 day wide pass. We also used this to get out to Mt Fuji and to Narita airport as well as getting around Tokyo on the JR lines. The pass is also valid for getting to Odaiba.

After the museum we started the walk back towards the station by visiting some of the Gardens(they are actually nurseries) of the Omiya Bonsai village. The area has very interesting history. The nurseries themselves also have spectacular bonsais on display. They are free to enter and sell bonsais and associated equipment. OMG some of the bonsais for sale were absolutely out of this world! Prices ranged from 6500¥ to 2,000,000¥.

Tip: You could plan to do this early in the day and easily make it back in Tokyo for lunch to do some more sightseeing. Must see place if you are into your bonsais.
Written 4 October 2019
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Davesamtt
Trinidad and Tobago41 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
After experiencing a few days of busy Tokyo, we felt we needed to change the schedule and just relax for a day. The Omiya Village and its Bonsai Art Museum was like finding an oasis in the desert. It’s easily accessible by train from Tokyo for not much $$ and maybe around 1hr or less from the major hubs like Shinjuku station. Use the HYPERDIA app which is an excellent app to help you with the train routes and schedules but like everything else technology related, use it with some common sense and test with the information desk at the train stations.

We accessed the museum from the Omiya Koen train station but there may be other options. Then it’s about 10mins walk through Omiya Village to the museum through quiet lanes with full sized houses in large plots of landscapes gardens. What a refreshing transformation in scenery compared to the skyscrapers and crowds in Tokyo! There are a few signs telling you how to get to the museum or just turn on google maps. There is also a bicycle rental place you’ll come across while walking to the museum.

The bonsai trees at the museum were intriguing including one 1000 years old. We took both the audio guide and the free English tour guide - at last, a Japanese person speaking fluent English - a rare find! We had to wait a bit until someone was available. But we started with the audio guide until she became available. The lady was wonderful and explained everything in detail. You don’t need the audio guide if you can get a tour guide.

You learnt everything bonsai from the displays and the tour guide. This was not a superficial tour but quite detailed in its explanations and very interesting. In addition, depending on the season we were informed that the colours of the trees will change offering a different perspective if you were to visit again.

Rocks found in nature as an art form in various shapes such as a waterfall was also part of the display and was an interesting angle to Japanese art.

The museum is closed on Thursday’s. It was surprisingly open on Marine Day, the day we went being a public holiday. It was a good day to go as things were very quiet so we had unobstructed views of the bonsai.

The museum also has a map of the Omiya area with restaurants and nurseries that you can ask for before you leave. Obliquely opposite the museum is a nice Mom and Pop type restaurant called Bonsai Restaurant Omiya to fuel up afterwards and had a traditional feel to it. It also doubled up as a souvenir shop that had one of a kind items like a soy sauce utensil where the soy sauce takes the shape of a bonsai. Then you can can walk through the quiet village and stumble upon various bonsai nurseries. There were no prices on the plants at the nurseries and the language barrier is always the issue in Japan so can’t say if any were for sale. The main nursery we went to was called Mansei-en and was described in the map as oldest and was fairly large and packed with plants. There is also an interesting antique store on the way back to the train station that you can pick up some less commercially made and one of a kind souvenirs and jewellery.

The experience at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and getting to and from there through the Omiya Village was something different to do in Tokyo for a morning activity and well worth the trip. Highly recommended a visit.
Written 7 September 2019
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Mar 2019
This places was really interesting, specially fulled of story and significant varieties of bonsai tress that you can learn so much about. If you love bonsai art and this aspect of Japanese culture and heritage, do not hesitate to come by.
Written 4 September 2019
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MadrugadaMistral
Beaverton, OR87 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Even if you are not into bonsai, you have the opportunity to learn a lot about this art form. There are about 40 or so trees on display. The English explanations of the various bonsai trees are very good. Some photos are allowed, but in other areas no photos are allowed.
Written 15 June 2019
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359anthony
Mumbai, India508 contributions
May 2019 • Family
We didn't enter the museum proper due to lack of time, but could view from the foyer some really old and beautiful bonsai trees.
Written 27 May 2019
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