The Omiya Bonsai Museum’s garden area features a rotating selection of 40-50 trees from the museum’s collection.
Many of these trees originally belonged to the Takagi Bonsai Museum. Over time, the collection has grown to become one of the more impressive bonsai gardens in Japan.
The museum garden
The garden is best appreciated from the upstairs terrace of the main building.
The garden from above
The trees, however, are best appreciated up close. Here’s a selection of the bonsai on display the day I visited.
Korean hornbeam – 60 years old
Cryptomeria – 70 years old
“Koryo” – Japanese maple ‘Shishigashira’, 120 years old
“Koga” – Japanese maple, 150 years old
“Musashi ga oka” – Japanese maple, 150 years old
Needle juniper – 300 years old
On the day I visited, preparations were being made to host a beginner’s workshop. The museum provides trees, pots, soil, and tools for participants who take home the trees when they’re finished.
Visit the Omiya Bonsai Museum website to learn more about their programs and special exhibits.
Note: Special thanks to Gomi Takanari san, Senior Clerk, and Ishida Rumiko san, Curator, for inviting me to photograph the Yamada exhibit and bonsai garden. Gomi san and Ishida san were wonderful hosts who made this my favorite visit to the museum to date. Thank you both!
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