Mr. Kimura's work is among the most famous and important of contemporary Bonsai in Japan. His new and radical approach to how he styled Bonsai was first seen as breaking with (too) many traditions, but soon he was widely recognized and respected.

His garden is like a museum and anyone interested in Japanese Bonsai will recognize at least half his collection from magazines and websites. Needless to say, this is one garden you should not miss! Masahiko Kimura specialized in Shimpaku Junipers and his most famous and award winning trees are mostly of this species. In the garden you will find a lot of pine trees as well, but only very few deciduous trees. Many of the current and upcoming Bonsai experts in Europe and the USA were apprentices at mr. Kimura, including Ryan Neil.

 

 

Movie on Kimura's garden

 

Masahiko Kimura Bonsai master

Kimura Bonsai garden

 

How to get there

The garden is not open to the public and you can only visit when invited. Mr. Nakamizu offers tours to the garden and speaks excellent English, he will normally pick you up from his restaurant in Omiya. Thanks to Yoshihiro Nakamizu (J-Bonsai.com), for helping us create this article.