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BONSAI EXPERIENCE
It is true that Bonsai conquer space and time, in another words, there is no general concept of them anymore on the little plant pot. Would you like to reach to the nirvana through this bonsai world? If you had half day free from downtown Tokyo, highly recommend to visit this unique town called Bonsai, the postal address has such name already! Interested in making your own garden a bit of zen style? Omiya Bonsai Village is the place for your quick wisdom. You may find better life with wearing Kimono by just walking in the neighborhood.
It is 3km north of Omiya on JR Utsunomiya Line (JR Tohoku Line) or 2.2km north-east of Omiya on Tobu Noda Line. From Asakusa, you may take Tobu main line (which is bound for Nikko if you kept riding the train) to Kasukabe, then transfer to Tobu Noda Line for Omiya-Koen station. From Ueno, there is a direct train to Toro (on JR Utsunomiya Line, Tohoku Line). The town is about 5 minutes from Omiya-Koen station, 15 minutes from Toro station, 30 minutes from Omiya station (through one of the best sacred shrine in Kanto area, Hikawa Jinja).
Omiya Bonsai Official Page
http://www.stib.jp/e/tourism/omiyabonsai.html
This is an official home page for Saitama-ken, Tokyo's satelite town, which holds Bonsai Town.
Two of well-known Bonsai houses (highly recommended)
http://www.iris.dti.ne.jp/~kyukaen/index-e.htm
http://www.seikouen.cc/bonsai1/cafe/cafe1.html
Tobu Line does not cover this Bonsai town yet
http://www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/tobulineguide/index.html
Which means that it is definately off-the-beaten track. If you've done Nikko, Kawagoe and Asakusa, why not this small bonsai village? Be the only tourist in the town!
JR has Toro station on this map (red line and orange line, next to Omiya)
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/info/map_a4ol.pdf
Not satisfied with this small area, why not whole Japan to explore?
http://www.shohin-bonsai.ne.jp/map/map.html
Shohin in Japanese means small (Sho) products (hin). It is true that bonsai is small and tiny but has contents of universal floating enegy in it, similar to your own heart or yourself, small perhaps at height of 160cm - 200cm, but has unlimited possibilities for your own dream!
Extra time for something else?
http://www.railway-museum.jp/zone/index.html
It is all about JR (Japan Railway, including JNR, Japan National Railway). You may click train numbers to get pictures. It is easy access from both Bonsai town and Omiya station, or zero minute walk from Tetsudohakubutsukan station . Bonsai and trains have good combination to make your full day happy.
 Omiya Bonsai Village
 www.stib.jp/e/tourism/omiyabonsai.html
 Bonsai village is only 30km north of downtown Tokyo
 easy access with JR and Tobu railways.
 Seikouen Bonsai
 www.seikouen.cc/
 Bonsai school is available while you are in Japan
 to study about whole life even after Japan trip.
 Shunkaen by Kunio Kobayashi san
 For anyone has no time to visit Omiya,
 here's also in downtown, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo.
 
http://www.kunio-kobayashi.com/english/index.html
Extra time or beyond time or harmony time to experience Tea Ceremony?
Several hotels/restaurants offer English speaking Tea Ceremony at Happo-en , New Otani , Hotel Okura . You may also be able to arrange organized tour at JTB Sunrise Tours and Tokyo City Tour .
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