After a successful trip in February 2018 we are in the process of arranging our next trip in late October visiting Kyoto, Takamatsu, and Tokoname. 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.
Price excluding Flights -
£1800.00 based on two people sharing (a single person will be an additional £150.00)
Price including flights from Birmingham International to Narita (Tokyo) -
£2682.54 Based on two people sharing (a single person will be an additional £150.00)
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.
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.
You must arrange your own travel insurance.
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.
Itinerary, this maybe subject to change.
Sunday 4th February 2018
11.30am check in at Birmingham (BHX) Airport for flights departing at 13.30. David will meet the group at the airport prior to checking in. We will be flying with Emirates.
Monday 5th February 2018
17.20 Arrive at Narita Airport and transfer to a hotel in Tokyo. We will find a local restaurant for an evening meal if you wish or your welcome to wonder or sleep to recover from the flight.
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Shunka-en Bonsai Museum Tokyo, we will catch the train after breakfast and head to probably one of the best bonsai gardens in Tokyo, run by the famous Kunio Kobiashi. This is a bonsai garden not to missed.
Wednesday 7th February 2018
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum , we will stop by the bonsai café to have lunch after visiting the museum in the morning, then have a walk to a few of the local bonsai nurseries.
Thursday 8th February 2018
Kokufu-ten bonsai exhibition - Part 1 - , this will take the whole day, we will arrive as early as possible to make the most of this fantastic exhibition, you can then catch a bus to the nearby Ueno Green Club where bonsai traders from across Japan will be selling their trees and pots. You will be like kids in a sweet shop, but unfortunately you will not be able to take trees home with you, but an ideal opportunity to find some interesting pots and see some of the amazing trees on sale in Japan.
Friday 9th February 2018
Take the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo to Kyoto, times of tickets to be arranged to arrive in Kyoto, We will then check into the hotel and have time to wonder, take in the local culture and enjoy the local cuisine.
Saturday 10th February 2018
Kyoto is famed for its temples and shrines where we will be heading to the Golden Temple, the bamboo groves and shrines in Arashiyama. Full details to be arranged.
Sunday 11th February 2018
Visit to a famous Shohin bonsai nursery based in Kyoto, then on to one of the famous Ume Gardens to appreciate the amazing flowers and scent of the Japanese Flowering Apricot.
Monday 12th February 2018
Free day to explore Kyoto. With such a wide range of Temples and Gardens you may want to travel to one we have not included.
Tuesday 13th February 2018
Take the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Kyoto back to Tokyo, check into the hotel in Tokyo.
Wednesday 14th February 2018
Free day to explore Tokyo or head back to Omiya Bonsai Village to explore the nurseries further.
Thursday 15th February 2018
Free day in Tokyo, we are able to lock luggage in lockers at the train station or at our hotel leaving you free to explore the city until we meet again to transfer to Narita Airport. Flight departs 22.00
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.
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.
Owned by Hiroshi Takeyama, a beautiful bonsai garden containing a number of bonsai masterpieces.
A nursery with many fine bonsai trees.
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.
Owned by Murata Yukio, this nursery has a number of very interesting trees.
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
a. The Bonsai restaurant