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Meet some of Japan’s oldest bonsai trees at this exhibition in Shiga Prefecture

Due to being both the largest and oldest exhibition of plum bonsai exhibitions in Japan, visiting the event has become a much loved Spring season tradition in Kansai.

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Visit Shiga Prefecture’s Keiunkan at any time of year, and you are bound to see one of the best collections of bonsai trees in Japan. However, it is best to visit the venue at the beginning of the year, during the Nagahama Plum Tree Bonsai Exhibition, when all 300 of the trees come into full bloom.


Starting in 1952, the Nagahama Plum Tree Bonsai Exhibition will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. Due to being both the largest and oldest exhibition of plum bonsai exhibitions in Japan, visiting the event has become a much loved Spring season tradition in Kansai.

During the event, approximately 90 of Keiunkan’s 300 plum blossom trees will be on display at any one time, in accordance with their individual flowering periods.

The exhibition is well known for displaying both old trees reaching 400 years in age, and also what might be uncharacteristically large for bonsai specimens, with some exceeding 3m in height.

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Author: Grape Japan

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