Visit the World Bonsai Convention in Japan

The world's greatest and most prestigious exhibition, offering the best of the Japanese bonsai and Suiseki will be held in 2017 in Saitama Japan

Bonsai Focus Magazine International offers a special Bonsai Tour to Japan and the WBC.


The 8th World Bonsai Convention

The WBC will be held in Omiya, Saitama City - Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, Japan from 28 - 30 April 2017. Opening hours: 09:30 – 18:00

Every 4 years the World Bonsai Friendship Federation holds a World Bonsai Convention somewhere in the world. The 1st WBC was held in 1989 in Omiya (now Saitama city), Saitama, Japan hosted by the Nippon Bonsai Association.

After 28 years the World Bonsai Convention will return to its birthplace and the Mecca of bonsai, known as Omiya Bonsai. Over 200 Bonsai, Satsuki, Shohin, and Suiseki masterpieces will be on display. An extensive sales area with professionals in Bonsai, stands, tools, pots etc.




Japanese demonstrators:
Masahiko Kimura, Hiroshi Takeyama, Kunio Kobayashi and Shinji Suzuki.
Minoru Akiyama, Shigeo Isobe, Chiharu Imai, Taiga Urushibara, Kenji Oshima, Isao Omachi, Takashi Sakurai, Masayuki Fujikawa, Mitsuo Matsuda.


International demonstrators:
[Europe] Werner M. Busch, [Africa] Hannes Fritz, [India] Jyoti & Nikunj Parekh, [China] Zhao Qingquan, [Asia Pacific] Michael Siow Chee Long, [Australia] Lindsay Bebb, [North America] Björn Bjorholm, [Central and South America] Juan Andrade.


Visit the Bonsai Convention Official Website


Visit Omiya Bonsai Village



Stroll through the famous gardens, all of which will be open during the WBC. No entrance fees. Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Kyuka-en, Fuyo-en, Mansei-en, Seikou-en and Toju-en. There is also the old Hikawa-jinja Shrine.




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9 Day Tour Program




Saturday April 22


Departure Flight from USA, Europe, Canada etc. to Osaka - Japan.

Sunday April 23


Arrival Kansai (Osaka) International Airport

Hotel Agora Regency Sakai **** Sakai Osaka

Assemble all participants at Bonsai Focus tour desk in the hotel lobby.

Optional: Excursion to Osaka Castle

Monday April 24



Visit to Bonsai Garden & Nursery Fujikawa Kouka-en

Lunch at local restaurant

Bus tour to Kyoto

Sightseeing tour Kyoto

Transfer to ****Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa

Tuesday April 25



Visit Kyoto Golden Temple

Lunch at local restaurant

Koju-En Shohin nursery

Ryoan-ji Bonsai temple & Silver temple

Wednesday April 26



Shinkansen Bullet train to Tokyo

Lunch; Japanese style Bento in the Shinkansen

Shunka-en (Kunio Kobayashi Bonsai Garden)

Transfer to **** Sun Shine City Prince Hotel Tokyo

Thursday April 27



Masahiko Kimura Bonsai Garden Omiya


World Bonsai Convention Opening-ceremony

Bonsai Focus welcome cocktail - Palace Hotel Omiya

Friday April 28



World Bonsai Convention Exhibition

Saturday April 29



World Bonsai Convention  Exhibition

Sunday April 30



Flight back from Narita airport - Tokyo


Tour price 9 days: € 2590* / $ 2950** per person

*A deposit is required for confirmation of reservation.

**Subject to exchange rate at time of payment.

Single room supplement € 485 (7 nights)


6 Day Tour Program

April 25 - Departure flight from USA/Europe

April 26 - Arrival Tokyo – Japan | Transfer to Hotel

April 27 - Same program

April 28 - Same program

April 29 - Same program

April 30 - Departure Tokyo


Tour price 6 days: € 1650* / $ 1875** per person

*A deposit is required for confirmation of reservation.

**Subject to exchange rate at time of payment.

Single room supplement € 485 (7 nights)


  • Hotel**** accommodation with breakfast. Based on shared double or two bed room.
  • Transportation between hotels and to events in the program by train or coach.
  • English speaking tour guide. We offer German, French, Spanish and Italian guides for groups of 15 participants.
  • Entrance fees for gardens and sightseeing tours.
  • Tour desk in Hotel lobby.
  • Suica travel card for JR-line trains in Tokyo.
  • Passe Partout for the World Bonsai Convention ¥ 40,000. If ordered together with the tour and before September 20th. This includes all admissions to the show and demonstrations. Single admission to the show ¥ 1000/day


Not included
  • Flight to Japan. It is advisable to let our tour operator book the flight for you so you can benefit from special group rates.
  • Single room supplement € 485 (7 nights)
  • Meals/beverages which are not mentioned in the program.
  • Individual tours to Omiya Bonsai Gardens etc.
  • Personal expenses like; laundry, telephone, tax and service charges, excess baggage, extra tariffs and charges for transportation.


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Tour operator: Nippon Express