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The BONSAI tour
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Visit the holy ground of bonsai trees; Omiya Bonsai Village

Time and effort is put into creating bonsai trees: an old Japanese art form of creating little trees in a container that mimic the shape and scale of large trees. When you look up through the small branches of the bonsai tree, you feel as if you have wandered into the forest. In the past, only people who owned a large number of bonsai trees could live in Omiya Bonsai Village. There is a bonsai museum, bonsai gardens and also a number of people who cherish the art of bonsai who still live in this area. On this tour your otomo tour guide will take you around the area on our recommended route and will translate conversations for you, so if you want to talk to the locals, fire away!

Highlights

・In Omiya Bonsai Village there are seven bonsai gardens, all free of charge!
・Enjoy the many different types of bonsai trees, from the everyday regular bonsai trees to the highest quality trees in the country.
・You can shop for equipment for cultivating bonsai trees in the well-equipped shops of the bonsai gardens.
・Visit the world's first bonsai art museum and learn all about the art of bonsai!

Attractions

・Omiya Bonsai Art Musem: Visit the world's first bonsai art museum and enjoy discovering bonsai trees from every angle.
・Bonsai Restaurant OMIYA: Try their Seasonal Bonsai Gozen Set! You can also purchase original bonsai related merchandise here.
・Mansei-en: See a world-famous bonsai tree in this bonsai nusery!
・Toju-en: Enjoy walking through the rows of beautiful bonsai trees in this bonsai nusery.
・Seiko-en: This bonsai nursery creates bonsai trees that meet the taste of a more modern crowd.
・Bonsai House of the Four Seasons: Take a break and relax on the tatami mats.
・Shoto-en: Purchase decorations to go with your bonsai tree and books about bonsai in this bonsai nursery.
・Fuyo-en: This bonsai nursery nurtures bonsai trees that grow flowers and bear fruit.
・Teshigotoya: This shop sells a traditional craft called tsumami zaiku, which is made using bits of Japanese cloth.
・Sarufu: Purchase antiques and kimono to display with your bonsai trees in this shop!

Notes

・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・On Mondays ""Teshigotoya"" in closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
・You cannot touch the bonsai trees. Please note that if you have young children, it is recommended you hold their hands, and if you have large bags with you, please make sure that they do not knock the trees over.
・Due to quarantine, it is generally forbidden to take bonsai trees overseas. However, if you do want to purchase one please ask the workers in the bonsai nurseries about the procedure for taking a bonsai tree back home with you. Your otomo tour guide will help you communicate in Japanese.

Expenses Not Included

Please bring at least ¥900 with you (per person) on the day to cover your travel expenses, entrance fees and other necessary costs.
*(money for souvenir shopping is not included)

Meeting Point

In front of the information desk outside the Central Ticket Gate (South and North) at the JR line, Omiya Station

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