Bonsai artist

Bonsai expert profile

Kunio Kobayashi

Through Bonsai I have been taught many things, they display the beauty of nature in all four seasons and the majesty, grace and power of trees surviving in the harshest of conditions; something which helps me in my life.

Kunio KobayashiI have been doing Bonsai for 30 years and love it so much that I have created a museum to display Bonsai. It is my wish to spread the beauty of Bonsai worldwide, to do so I try hard to teach the art to my apprentices from Japan and from the rest of the world.

Quick facts

Appeared at these events: various events all around the world (Japan, Italy, USA, Spain, Taiwan, San Marino, Australia, Switzerland, Germany)

Appeared in these magazines: N/A

Awards: Sakufu-Ten: Prime Ministers Award (1989, '92, '99, 2001), Ministry of Education Award (1994, '96), Ministry of Agriculture Award (1995), Ministry of Environment (2000), Mainichi Newspaper Award (1997), Japan Full Bloom Award (1985, '90), Japan Association Award (1998), Shohin (2003). Kokufu-Ten: worked on 16 Kokufu-Ten prize winners, helped over 200 clients to display their trees. Koju-Ten: Koju-Ten Taisho (First Place) (1992, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010). International Art and Culture Award (2001), Culture Promotion Award - Edogawa Ward - (1989, 1999).

Books: N/A

Kunio Kobayashi video

Some of Kunio Kobayashi's Bonsai trees

Acer palmatum Kunio Kobayashi
Acer Palmatum

800 year old Bonsai tree
An remarkable tree which is well known for its extremely high age; this tree is reported to be over 800 years old!

Shunkaen garden bonsai
Part of the Shunka-En, the garden of Mr. Kobayashi

Contact information

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Email: info(at)

Master the art of Bonsai

Master the art of Bonsai
Overview of our courses

Master the art of Bonsai

Online Bonsai Courses Learn from leading Bonsai experts at your own pace, from the comfort of your living room!

Continue exploring

Aqua Bonsai

Aqua Bonsai

Bonsai trees growing in just water?

Aqua Bonsai
Bag end

Bag end

The miniature version of Bag End

Bag end
Top 10

Top 10

The best Bonsai trees

Top 10