Brilliant Bonsai in Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park (Showa Memorial Park) is an often forgotten, but amazingly varied park west of central Tokyo. Along with great cherry blossom and autumn colour spots, the park has a purpose built outdoor bonsai museum. It’s free to enter for those you have entered the main park, and offers a spectacular selection of bonsai, with all different kinds of shapes and sizes. Here are some pics from my recent trip.

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All the bonsai are precisely and carefully presented, of course!

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Just imagine, each of those leaves are individually cut and trimmed!
showa_kinen_bonsai_4showa_kinen_bonsai_2There are some indoor ones as well, in a little Japanese hut. The above picture was actually taken in the spring.

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This kind of one would retail for around 400,000 yen, or about 3500 dollars!showa_kinen_bonsai_5 Plenty to see!

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This one was rather cute, but there were too many to choose a favourite!

For information can be found in our budget Showa Memorial Park guide.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.