Bonsai Making Tour

On this tour, you will visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and several bonsai gardens in the Bonsai Village in Saitama. The Bonsai Village was open around 1925 as several bonsai farmers escaped from Tokyo after a big earthquake in 1923. By visiting different gardens you will learn different styles and concepts.

As a highlight of the tour, you will meet a professional bonsai master and make a small bonsai under his instruction. His garden and bonsai style have the honorable history of being loved by Prime Ministers, CEOs and loyal family members in Japan.

The tour is not only for guests who have interests in zen spirit or bonsai but also for those who want to use this opportunity to be introduced to the world of bonsai. The tour offers a great opportunity to talk with a real bonsai master!
• Pick you up at the hotel in central Tokyo at 9:30
• Visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and take in the fine collection of world-class bonsai
• Bonsai garden-hopping (usually two gardens)
• Lunch at a cozy local restaurant
• Bonsai lesson with the bonsai master in the afternoon
• Return to the hotel around 17:30

* All gardens are closed on Thursdays.
* Fully guided one-day tour (approx. 8 hours)
* Kindly note that we will be walking in the Bonsai Village.

Tour Type:Private tour (minimum 2 people)
Price:Tour fee of ¥36,000/person.
Tour Fee Includes:Entrance to the Bonsai museum, bonsai making experience with a Bonsai professional and an English speaking guide.
Tour Fee Not Included:Transportation from/to Tokyo (¥1,000 for return ticket by JR local train) and lunch (within ¥1,500, cash needed) are not included in the tour fee.
Duration:Approx. 8 hours (including transportation)
Cancellation Policy:No refunds without exception for no-shows or cancellations within 120 hours of start of tour.
Weather:This tour is not cancelled for weather except in extreme circumstances (e.g., typhoons) in which case we will contact you and refund your payment in full.
Physical Activity:Light Walking
Dress:Casual
*Please wear comfortable shoes. It would be better to bring hat during summer season.
*Please note, you will touch soil when making bonsai.
Wi-fi:Public wi-fi is not available along most of the route of this tour.
Photos/Protocols:Your guide will advise but photography is allowed for most parts of the tour.
Directions to Starting Point:Pick-up service at your hotel in case you are staying in central Tokyo.
Note:*Please indicate any food allergies in advance.
*Guide contact will be provided after you register.
*Private car service is available at additional cost.
*This tour is NOT AVAILABLE ON THURSDAYS.

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