Ōmiya Bonsai Village

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Ōmiya Bonsai Village
TypeBonsai nursery
Nearest cityKita-ku, Saitama, Japan
Coordinates35°55′40″N 139°37′53″E / 35.927763°N 139.631513°E / 35.927763; 139.631513Coordinates: 35°55′40″N 139°37′53″E / 35.927763°N 139.631513°E / 35.927763; 139.631513
Area330,000 square meters
OpenDaily except Thursday

Ōmiya Bonsai Village (大宮盆栽村, Ōmiya Bonsai-mura) is the nickname for the bonsai nursery precinct in Bonsai-chō (盆栽町, Bonsai-chō), Kita-ku, Saitama, Japan.

Bonsai Village is located near Ōmiya-kōen Station on the Tobu Noda Line. It is closed on every Thursday (unless the Thursday falls on a national holiday).


  • 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.[1]
  • 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.


Bonsai nursery Fuyo-en in Ōmiya Bonsai Village.

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.

See also[edit]

  • Bonsai - Japanese tradition of growing miniature trees in containers


  1. ^ Kusakabe, Shōzō (1996). "from The Birth of Bonsai Town 盆栽町 Bonsai-chō no Tanjō" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Enjoying Bonsai and Horticulture" (PDF). Japan National Tourism Organization. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  3. ^ "The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama" (PDF). Japan National Tourism Organization. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2012.

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