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Beautiful Bonsai: Explore Kunio Kobayashi's Shunkaen Bonsai Garden

Posted on November 9, 2020

Shunkaen Bonsai Garden is located not far from downtown Tokyo in Edogawa ward. The museum is filled with wonders from Kunio Kobayashi’s life’s work, including one Bonsai estimated to be about 1,000 years old.

Entrance to the Bonsai Courtyard

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woman looking out on bonsai courtyard

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Bonsai is the art of nurturing small potted plants to mimic the scale and size of full size tree’s. The Bonsai tell the story of the incredible process taken to create them with their intricately curving branches.

bonsai tree and sakura

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Kunio Kobayashi, a world renowned Bonsai master, Opened Shunkaen Bonsai Museum in 2002, after studying bonsai for 26 years. With just 800 yen, you can explore the museum for the day. In the fall, you can experience miniature foliage. In the spring , you may gasp in wonder at the miracle of a miniature sakura tree. 

Red Bridge Over Koi Pond

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The courtyard has a large array of Bonsai as well as a magical Koi Pond.

Koi Fish

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Bonsai lining museum pathway

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Japan is most well known for creating pine tree Bonsai, many of which can be seen at the museum.

Pine Bonsai

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If you take a closer look, what you see may amaze you. Perhaps the thoughtful details of birds on a ceramic pot or the delicate moss at the base of an ancient bonsai.

Ceramic Bonsai container with bird design

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Moss on Bonsai roots

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View from the museum

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If you visit Kunio Kobayashi’s wonderful museum, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

For more information, see the museum website here .

Access: Google Maps here