Tokyo Art of Bonsai Tour

Half Day

  Tokyo

Half Day

Tokyo Art of Bonsai Tour

  Tokyo

Take a trip out of bustling Tokyo into serene Saitama to visit the Omiyama Bonsai Village. Here, learn about the ancient and intricate art of Bonsai and admire exquisite examples of the trees in Bonsai nurseries, private homes and the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about the ancient and intricate art of Japanese bonsai
  • Visit the sacred Hikawa Shrine, one of the holiest in Tokyo
  • Explore the charming streets of Omiya Bonsai Village
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Tokyo Art of Bonsai Tour

DAY 1 - Tokyo Art of Bonsai Tour

Take a trip out of bustling Tokyo into serene Saitama to visit the Omiyama Bonsai Village. Here, learn about the ancient and intricate art of Bonsai and admire exquisite examples of the trees in Bonsai nurseries, private homes and the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.Meet your tour guide at your hotel and head straight to Tokyo station for your 30 minute train to Saitama. From here you will visit the spectactular Omiya Bonsai Village where you will learn all about the ancient and intricate art of Japanese bonsai. In Omiya, multiple bonsai nurseries and a superb bonsai art museum are situated along the district's peaceful paths.

Opened in 2010, The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is the world’s first publicly run museum dedicated to bonsai art. It boasts a collection of more than 100 bonsai masterpieces and bonsai-related artifacts such as bonsai pots, miniature landscape stones called suiseki, books and woodblock prints, etc. Selected in accordance with the four seasons, about 50 pots of bonsai are always displayed in the garden and some in the gallery.

Wrap up your trip with a visit to Hikawa Shrine, which is roughly 15 minutes walk from Kita Omiya Station. This shrine was favored by the Meiji Emperor and therefore became one of the most important shrines in Kanto. It is reported to date all the way back to 473 BC, so it has quite a history.

The approach to Hikawa Shrine is along a tree-lined path that runs in the middle of a street through Omiya. You will pass under three large torii gates before entering the shrine of Susanoo, the God of the sea and storms.

After wandering through the serene temple grounds, take the train back to Tokyo station and then onto your hotel

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