A bonsai in Tokyo   盆栽

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In Tokyo and surrounding area, there are very few bonsai nurseries.

In Tokyo and surrounding area, there are very few bonsai nurseries.

There are many tools to take care of a bonsai. They are found in the Ginza and Ueno.

There are many tools to take care of a bonsai. They are found in the Ginza and Ueno.

The village of Omiya bonsai, in the city of Saitama (near Tokyo), houses a museum and many private gardens.

The village of bonsai Omiya in Saitama City, houses a museum and many private gardens.

The import of bonsai procedures between France and Japan are extremely complex and can lead to the destruction of the tree.

The import of bonsai procedures between France and Japan are extremely complex and can lead to the destruction of the tree.

4 places

Even in the huge Tokyo, it is not easy to satisfy one's passion for bonsai ... In a shop or at the museum, the advice of Japan Guide.

  • Omiya Village in Saitama

Nicknamed "bonsai nursery," the village of Omiya is a must for lovers of these small trees. It is full of private gardens with many of these potted trees. The great masters sell, expose, share and teach courses (often in English).

Open every day except Tuesday; from Ueno Station, take the Keihin-Tohoku line and get off at Omiya Koen.

  • Morimae Ginza Bonsai Shop

In the heart of the Ginza district, the Morimae shop caters to the curious more than actual fans. It offers a wide range of trees, pots and miniatures tokonoma, small spaces for artwork in many Japanese houses. The products are relatively expensive, so the store is a place more to visit than a place to spend ...

Open every day. From Shibuya, Ueno or Asakusa stations,  take the Ginza Chikatetsu line and get off at Ginza.

  • Shunkaen Bonsai Museum

This is the private museum of Kunio Kobayashi, grand master and award-winning bonsai professional. A little outside of Tokyo, the museum also houses a school of apprentices from around the world. Sunday, courses are offered in English. To participate, simply purchase a shrub, sold on site.

Open every day except Monday; from Akihabara, take the Sobu Line, get off at Koiwa, take the south exit, get on bus 76 and get off at the stop Keiyouguchi.

  • Ueno Green Club

Located in Ueno Park, Ueno Green Club offers everything needed for lovers of bonsai. Trees, tools, pots, and also an exhibition. For the most enthusiastic, the headquarters of the Nippon Bonsai Association, responsible for promoting this art, is right next door.

Open every day except Wednesday; on the Yamanote line, get off at Ueno.

Bonsai at home?

Once you learn the art of cutting, it is normal to want to bring a bonsai home. Be careful, the shipping procedure is extremely complex and can lead to the destruction of the plant. Getting a bonsai out of Japan is rather simple (you just to have all the papers in order), the arrival in other countries is more delicate.

Between plant disease controls, quarantine at your expense and drastic conditions, the price can rise very quickly ... and the general opinion of all specialists is that it is not the best idea to bring back a Japanese bonsai to your home country.

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