Bonsai is a Japanese piece of natural art,
which pursues the beauty of and beyond nature by creating and expressing the mountains, water, time and space. In this small space,
all of the wonder of life and rich seasonal faces are condensed.
The Omiya Bonsai Village said to be established in 1925 is now known to be the mecca of bonsai,
where many bonsai lovers come from within and outside of Japan.
At the time of its establishment, few in the bonsai industry moved out from Tokyo into the deep mountains and
woods of Omiya and grew their bonsai. It eventually caught the hearts of the local bonsai lovers,
and as the bonsai lovers each expanded their bonsai collection the area naturally formed a Bonsai Village.
In the vast area, today the village contains several hundred thousand bonsai trees which entertain the eyes of the visitors throughout the year.
[Location] Bonsai Village: Bonsaicho, Kita-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture
[Access] 1) to Omiya Station: 25 minutes on Tohoku or Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo Station
26 minutes on Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line from Ueno Station
30 minutes on Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Saikyo Like (rapid) from Shinjuku Station
2) from JR Omiya Station, take a) Tobu-Noda Line and get off at Omiya-Koen Station, walk for 2 minutes or,
b) JR Utsunomiya Line and get off at Toro Station, walk for 10 minutes
(Saitama City Official Site, see bottom of the page for info on Bonsai Village, English)