If you’re going to Kawagoe, check out Omiya’s bonsai and Iwatsuki’s dolls
Omiya’s bonsai and Iwatasuki’s dolls are traditional industries of Saitama City. After the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, some of Tokyo’s bonsai craftsmen moved to Omiya and started a bonsai village, and that was the beginning of Omiya’s bonsai. In this area, you can visit the world’s only public bonsai art museum and enjoy walking through the bonsai gardens. Iwatsuki is a town famous for its dolls, and these crafts date back more than 300 years to the Edo period. At the doll museum, you can see a variety of different dolls, and activities such as doll-making lessons (prior reservations required) are available.
Where is it??
- 2-24-3 Toro-cho, Kita Ward, Saitama City, Saitama, 331-0804 Japan
- Web Site:
- http://www.bonsai-art-museum.jp/en/ http://www.tougyoku.com/english.html
[The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama] From Tokyo Station, Toro Station is an approximately 35-minute ride on the JR Utsunomiya Line, and from Toro Station, the museum is about a 5-minute walk. [Tougyoku Dolls Museum] From Tokyo Station, Omiya Station is an approximately 30-minute ride on either the JR Takasaki Line or the JR Utsunomiya Line, and from Omiya Station, Iwatsuki Station is an approximately 12-minute ride on the Tobu Urban Park Line. From Iwatsuki Station, the museum is a short walk.