After a successful trip in February 2018. Over the next couple of years we will be increasing the number of tours considerably, and continue to offer bespoke arrangements for anyone wishing to do something different.  Working closely with our colleagues in Japan we offer an experience like no other. Although our trips are mostly designed around the bonsai enthusiast we will also be adding a number of trips covering more wildlife, tourist and sightseeing activities.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

ATOL /  ABTA Protection: We are also in the process of organising cover. This will be in place for all of our future trips.


Tokyo-Kyoto                   February 2019 10 days

See information below.


Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto       November 2019 10 days

Information coming soon


Tokyo-Tokoname-Kyoto September 2019 10 days

Information coming soon


Information on Tokyp-Kyoto February 2019

Price excluding Flights - 
£1950.00 based on two people sharing  (a single person will be an additional £300.00)

 

Price including flights from Birmingham International to Narita (Tokyo) - 
£2700.00 Based on two people sharing  (a single person will be an additional £300.00)



Price includes

The price includes hotels, local train tickets on the organised days, full day bus pass on the organised days in Kyoto, entrance fees for Museums and the bonsai gardens that charge, Omiya Bonsai museum (inc audio guide), organised Temple and garden entrance fees and breakfast every day.

 

Taxis from the hotels to the train stations are not included, however it is walkable and takes about 10-15 minutes. 

 

Flights (where applicable),  transport to and from Narita airport and hotels in Japan.

Return Shinkansen tickets between Tokyo and Kyoto.

 

Breakfast & Meals
We include in the price for breakfast at a local café, all other meals and drinks you will need to pay for as you go.  You are welcome to explore and have meals where ever you like, however you will be most welcome to stay with the group and have meals etc. together.


Guides

Your main guide will be David Cheshire but we will hopefully be joined by one of our Japanese friends most days, who will also act as our guide.

 

Travel Insurance

You must arrange your own travel insurance. 

 

Details Required

We will require a copy of your travel insurance details and emergency contact details.

We will also need a copy of your passport, your  personal details including your full name, full postal address and date of birth for booking the flights.

 

You will need to make your own arrangements to get to Birmingham International Airport.

 

 


Kokufu-ten Bonsai Exhibition, Tokyo.

Experience one of the largest and most impressive bonsai exhibitions in Japan. 

The show comprises two parts, every tree is changed in the exhibition. We will be visiting twice to see the exhibition and to visit the Ueno Green Club (Bonsai Nursery Sales).

Ueno Green Club is a short bus journey from the show, where you will see many of Japans bonsai traders with masses of trees, pots etc on sale.


Omiya Bonsai Village & Omiya Bonsai Museum.

Omiya Bonsai Village is a suburb of Tokyo and comprises a number of bonsai nurseries and the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.  It usually takes a couple of days to visit all the nurseries in Omiya.

Nurseries

Mansai-en,

Owned by the Kato family this nursery has some amazing specimen trees. Most of the trees in this nursery are privately owned. The nursery has a strict no photography policy.

Fuyo-en,

Owned by Hiroshi Takeyama, a beautiful bonsai garden containing a number of bonsai masterpieces.

Toju-en,

A nursery with many fine bonsai trees.

Seikou-en,  

The nursery was founded by Mr. Yamada and his father. This is the only nursery in Omiya to charge an entrance fee, but it is well worth paying, as it holds probably the best collection of trees in the area.  Seikou-en is also home to Saika Bonsai, ran by Kaori Yamada.  Saika is flower arranging with rooted plants, sort of a crossover between Bonsai and Ikebana; very interesting to see. No photography is allowed at this nursery.

Kyuka-en,

Owned by Murata Yukio, this nursery has a number of very interesting trees.

Shoutou-en.

A very small nursery but has some excellent trees. The owner, Taeko Komuro, also sells pots and Shohin trees.

 

Map of Omiya Bonsai Village

1. Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

2. Mansei-en

3. Toju-en

4. Seikou-en

5. Kyuka-en

6. Fuyo-en 

a. The Bonsai restaurant