Meet the spirit of Japan at “Shunkaen Bonsai Museum” in Tokyo.

Shunkaen BONSAI Museum is a museum of ancient Japanese architecture, presenting over 1,000 pots of bonsai, bowl and water stone in the garden.
Kunio Kobayashi, the world famous Bonsai artist, is the curator of the museum.
There are not so many places to enjoy such a bonsai in Tokyo, and it is also guided in English and Chinese. Not only for bonsai, but also for the garden that expresses the beauty of nature the Japanese love.

A stream flows in the garden, and even here also the bonsai harmonizes beautifully.
It expresses the natural beauty of Japan compactly in various forms, and does not get bored by the viewer. There are many kinds of bonsai, its expression changes according to the tree shape. Today, bonsai is becoming a boom not only in Japan but also overseas.

A lot of unique bonsais are also presented and it is also possible to purchase.
Bonsai is one of the traditional culture that Japan boasts. It is known as expressing the spirituality of the Japanese called "Wabi" "Sabi". Also, it is different from the flower arrangement that we make our own bonsai with labor and time such as pruning, wire hanging and watering. Furthermore, because bonsai is a "living plant" it is also attractive to enjoy changing after making it. On the official website of this museum, they also offer "Bonsai Kit" for foreigners, and 4 kinds of online courses according to knowledge and skills.


A view from the entrance of the museum. You can feel the beauty of Japanese housing construction.

Bonsai and "calligraphy" (hanging scroll) harmonized with Japanese style room are displayed in the hall.
It is said that the original form of bonsai has entered Japan from Tang (present China) around the 8th century. After that, the bonsai evolved as a unique culture of Japan, and now it has become recognized as a traditional Japanese culture all over the world. Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese to win the Nobel Prize for literature, is famous for loving bonsai. This museum is being exhibited with bonsai with the words written by Kawabata as the hanging scroll.

Carp also swim elegantly in the pond in the garden, making the heart of the viewer peaceful.
Bonsai is a fascinating art-form that combines horticultural techniques and Asian aesthetics in a unique way. The art originates in the Chinese empire and was copied and adapted by the Japanese to what we know now as Bonsai trees. Literally translated "bon-sai" means "planted in a container".

Compare the sizes with Apple Watch. Japanese people have always cherished the space that feels nature even in an urban life.

Compare the sizes with Apple Watch. Japanese people have always cherished the space that feels nature even in an urban life.

Works such as pruning by bonsai craftworkers can be seen in front of you.

Besides bonsai in the garden, bowls, water stones, tables and so on are also on sale.

Map
[ Access ]
Get off at south exit of Koiwa station on Sobu line. Get off at Keisei entrance from Keisei Bus No. 76.
Or get off at the Toei Shinjuku Line Mizue Station. Get off at Keisei entrance from Keisei Bus No. 76.
[ Hours ]
From 10:00 to 17:00.
[ Fees ]
800 yen
[ Links(English) ]
[ Links(Japanese) ]
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