Tokyo - Omiya

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Omiya-Koen

Tired of the big city life and want to see what the real Japan looks like? Omiya-Koen is a small day trip from Tokyo. It’s not the most exciting destination but the combination of the bonsai museum, a large park with a nice temple and zoo make this a good destination for families or, perhaps, a date.

Bonsai museum

There is a nice bonsai museum.

The Bonsai museum has English signage explaining the process of how to get to a beautiful bonsai tree. They regularly change the different bonsai trees on display.

You are not allowed to take pictures in most of the museum but there is a designated area with about 10 trees where you can.

If you are interested in buying bonsai, walk around the neighborhood - there are a few gardens you can enter that also function as bonsai tree shops.

Bonsai at Bonsai Museum, Omiya

Omiya Koen Zoo

Omiya Koen contains a small zoo with a surprising variety of animals. There’s monkeys, a bear, and some exotic birds. They have some Japan-only animals too.

When I was there I got to hold a snake, which was a fun yet slightly stressful experience.