Saitama City Bonsai Art Museum light up

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama City is a very special museum, worth taking the time to visit if you are interested in bonsai. It is the only public art museum in Japan that specializes in bonsai. And this year for the first time, it is holding a special limited light up event for just 22 nights. The event is in celebration of Saitama Wheel 2023, a sporting project centered around the Tour de France Saitama Criterium. They have called the event “The Bonsai Microcosm Journey” in English. This illumination event allows you to experience bonsai in a new light. Moreover, you can control that light yourself, from your smart phone…

Omiya Bonsai Museum Light Up

Omiya Bonsai Museum Light up

The Bonsai Microcosm Journey (light up) is on for a total of 22 days on the Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between October 27th and December 10th 2023. The theme of the display is “Space”. Saitama City in conjunction with Panasonic have created a cloud “Yoi-en” that allows visitors control the lighting effects from their smart phone. You can change both the background lighting and the projection mapping on the main displays in the garden. If nobody changes the lighting, the lighting will automatically change every ten minutes, working through 12 different settings. The settings include light bulb colors, depictions of the four seasons as well as space scenes, to name but a few. In addition, there are eight types of projection mapping settings with a planet theme.


Event: The Bonsai Microcosm Journey 大宮盆栽美術館‐夜間特別ライトアップ

Dates: October 27th to 29th, November 3rd to 5th, 10th to 12th, 17th to 19th, 23rd to 26th, December 1st to 3rd and 8th to 10th 2023.

Time: On Saturdays and Friday November 3rd the museum is lit up from 5 pm to 8 pm and until 7 pm on Fridays and Sundays and November 23rd.

Cost: 310 yen

Venue: Saitama Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, 〒331-0804 Saitama, Kita Ward, Torocho, 2 Chome−24−3. View on Maps.


The museum is about a ten minute walk from Omiyakoen station or just five to six minutes from Toro Station. If you come by car, there is free parking for up to two hours.

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