Bonsai Convention

Bonsai Convention 2017 will be held in Saitama, Japan.

Saitama prefecture has hosted the inaugural convention 28 years ago. Other hosts of the meeting that is held every 4 years include cities in the United States and Germany.  Saitama is a major base for bonsai growers with a 90-year history of production. The city is also the site of the world's first public bonsai museum, opened in 2011, the museum attracts 1,700 visitors a year from 38 countries.
 The art of growing miniature trees is said to have originated in ancient China. Experts say a prototype bonsai on a mural from the Tang Dynasty was painted between the 7th and 10th centuries.
Many people outside Japan, mainly in Europe, are attracted to this aspect of traditional Japanese culture.
In Italy, bonsai classes allow students to put theory into practice. Bonsai magazines in the US, Spain and France each have tens of thousands of readers.
 Japan's agriculture ministry says exports of bonsai stood at nearly 84 million dollars last year. The figure grew about tenfold over a decade. The government has designated bonsai from Saitama as one of the items of its project for promoting the Japan brand overseas.


Bonsai Convention 2017 will be held at Omiya Sonic city, Bonsai village and Bonsai Art museum on 27th - 30th April 2017.


Please contact us if you need further information as well as the daily organized one day trip to Bonsai village & museum in Saitama in different languages.

Bonsai Museum

The world's first publicly-run Bonsai Museum was opened here in Saitama City in 2010.

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama, which lies adjacent to the renowned Omiya Bonsai Village, aims, through its activities, to promote the culture of bonsai-designated as a traditional industry of Saitama City- both locally and internationally. This is achieved through the display of masterpieces and outstanding works with the collection of the former Takagi Bonsai Museum of Art forming the nucleus, as well as bonsai pots, stones of appreciation generally referred to as Suiseki and paintings including Ukiyoe wood block paintings depicting bonsai. The museum’s activities also entail the systematic collection and publishing of documents related to the history and folklore of bonsai.

The following are the major three among the pillars of the museum’s activities.

First of all, the museum conducts investigations and research into the history and significance of various bonsai and bonsai-related traditional arts from multiple perspectives including art history, craft history and the history of horticulture. The high-level results are then made public in an easily understandable way through exhibitions and publications. Not only does the museum hold exhibitions, it also actively develops awareness projects, including the development of courses and lectures, with a view to providing opportunities for constant interaction with bonsai culture throughout the year. Furthermore, the museum strives for the establishment of interdisciplinary research on bonsai.

Secondly, as a new attraction on par with the Railway Museum, the Bonsai Museum seeks to become a sightseeing hub where not only local citizens, but also visitors from throughout Japan and abroad can readily experience how magnificent and interesting bonsai is.

Thirdly, the museum navigates visitors through its exhibits and also our city's bonsai gardens in and around the Bonsai Village with the hopes that by experiencing the profoundness of bonsai, they will become, strong supporters of the bonsai industry as a traditional industry.

The museum therefore presses forward with the integration of these three roles; that of a bonsai research center, a new sightseeing hub for Saitama City and a contributor to the revitalizing of the bonsai industry, which together forms the pillar of its work.