Ōmiya Bonsai Village
- 1925: Settled by a group of professional bonsai gardeners who originally lived around Dangō-Zaka (Hongō) area in Tokyo and emigrated from there due to the crucial damages caused by the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923, at Toro and Hongō settlements of Ōsato village.
- 1940 Ōsato village merged with other villages to form Ōmiya city.
- 1957 The official suburb name 盆栽町 (Bonsai-chō lit. Bonsai Town?) was given to the precinct.
- 2001 Ōmiya city merges with other cities to form Saitama City.
- 1 April 2003 on the day of the government designation of Saitama City Bonsai-chō was classified in Kita-ku.
The Bonsai Village consists of about ten privately owned bonsai gardens. From the early 1990s, Omiya Bonsai-cho has seen a slight contraction in the number of nurseries. As of 2007, the Bonsai Village contains hundreds of thousands of bonsai trees in a site of about 330,000 square meters.
The area also contains the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, opened in 2010. The museum has indoor exhibits of bonsai history and art, as well as an outdoor area with a number of bonsai specimens. Some of the museum's materials were drawn from the Takagi Bonsai Museum of Art in Tokyo.
Each year, Bonsai Village holds the "Great Bonsai Festival" from 3-5 May. During the festival the area is packed with many bonsai devotees from all over Japan.
- Bonsai - Japanese tradition of growing miniature trees in containers
- http://www.geocities.co.jp/HeartLand-Apricot/7111/sub2-2.htm from The Birth of Bonsai Town (盆栽町 Bonsai-chō no Tanjō?) by Shōzō Kusakabe, 1996.
- "Enjoying Bonsai and Horticulture" (PDF). Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
- "The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama" (PDF). Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-11-10.