Hands-On Plum Bonsai Activities

English Guide Tour

As a network of professional tour guides, fluent in English and certified by the City of Nagahama, we offer an abundance of local knowledge, warm hospitality, and a deep interest in the various attractions that Nagahama Plum Bonsai Exhibition has to offer from nature to local history, culture, and tradition. We look forward to sharing these with you, and helping you enjoy a special time during your stay!. 

Date & Time

18 tours held during the exhibition period (90min. each time)


3,000 yen(Adult)/ 1,500yen(7-12yrs.)

(Including admission fee, matcha& Japanese sweets, and English guide fee)


Mini Plum Bonsai Workshop(only Japanese)

Mini tray making experience

Let's make your own original Bonbai! In this workshop, participants choose their own pot and create an original miniature plum bonsai. Instructors will help participants plant the tree, trim the branches, and arrange moss around the trunk. The workshop fee of ¥5,500 includes all materials (admission to Keiunkan is charged separately).  

*only Japanese workshop (English guide option : 18,000yen per 1group up to 6 people)


January 16・18・20・23・25・30

February 1・6・8・11・13・15

Time①11:00~12:30 / ②14:00~15:30
Fee5,500 yen (including mini bon plum and pot)
Capacity5 people each time  (reservation required)


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Bonbai Premium Guide (only Japanese)

A professional plum Bonsai tree manager will give you fun talks about how to appreciate plum Bonsai blossoms and the inside stories of Plum Bonsai tree management. 

*only Japanese workshop (English guide option : 18,000yen per 1group up to 6 people)

date and timeHeld at any time (reservation required)
Fee1 group (up to 4 people) 10,000 yen

Yearlong Bonsai Artist Workshop(only Japanese)

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Participants in this new, in-depth workshop help bonsai artists care for the trees over the course of an entire year. Once a month, participants assist the bonsai artists with many of the important steps in caring for bonsai, including replanting, repotting, fertilizing, pruning, and other duties to prepare the trees for their appearance in the next exhibition. Each monthly session lasts about 90 minutes. The program begins in March and costs ¥30,000 per participant.

period3rd Sunday of every month for 1 year from March 2024
Fee30,000 yen
*Our association will prepare the management Bonbai and materials.
placeBonbai management field