In Japan, there are some exhibitions that has a variety of bonsai and is opened all year. It is like a art museum. If you hesitate to go to Bonsai nursery at first during your visit to Japan, I recommend you to start with these exhibitions. Of course, it gives great experience also to you who is not satisfied with bonsai nurseries.
1. “Omiya Bonsai Museum (大宮盆栽美術館) ” In Saitama (near Tokyo)
This is the most famous bonsai museum and located at Omiya Bonsai Village. It is called “Bonbi”.
About 50 Bonsai trees is always displayed.
2. “Bonsai Garden (盆栽苑) ” at Showa Kinen Park (国営昭和記念公園) in Tokyo
This is a only national bonsai garden in Japan.
3. “Shunka-en Bonsai Museum (春花園BONSAI美術館) ” in Tokyo
This museum is produced by Kunio KOBAYASHI bonsai master and attached to Shunka-en.
It has a bonsai school, so you enjoy not only to appreciate but also make bonsai.
4. “Bonsai Exhibition at Kyoto Botanical Garden (京都府立植物園 盆栽展示場) ” in Kyoto
This is located in Kyoto, so you also see other Japanese traditional culture.
If you visit to Japan in autumn, you can see beautiful autumn tints.
The places that we can see bonsai is not only bonsai nursery. Why don’t you visit these museums and gardens?