The Omiya Bonsai Village located in Saitama City is known as one of the most outstanding bonsai cultivating areas in Japan. Multiple bonsai nurseries and a bonsai art museum are situated along the district's paths. Also, private houses in the area typically have a collection of bonsai in their gardens.
In 1925, this village was formed because of the adverse effects of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 wherein bonsai nurseries and garden industry workers in central Tokyo had to look for alternative location and they chose Omiya because of its clean water, huge land and favorable soil.
The famous bonsai museum, Omiya Bonsai Art Museum opened 2010 which promote bonsai culture is found in this village. It educates visitors about the various aspects of Bonsai and also exhibits the various style of bonsai and accompanying elements such as pots and stones.
There are also about a dozen of bonsai nurseries found in the village selling a wide selection of bonsai and some gardening tools.
The Omiya Bonsai Festival is also held in this village every May 3 to 5, when it bustles with the many bonsai lovers who gather there from throughout the country.
It is located in-between Omiya Koen Station and Toro Station.
The village is open to the public everyday. The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum opens at 9:00 to 16:30, until 16:00 from November to February. It is closed every Thursday and New Year Holidays. Admission fee is 300 yen and 300 yen also for an audio guide.
Bonsai Nurseries typically opens at 9:00 to 17:00, closed every thursday and its admission is free.
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