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Nagoya-City Bonsai & Sencha Tea Experience: Pastime of the Literati

Date : Available year-round

  • Bonsai & Sencha Tea Experience
  • Bonsai & Sencha Tea Experience
  • Bonsai & Sencha Tea Experience
  • Bonsai & Sencha Tea Experience

Embark on a 3-day journey steeped in the refined world of the “Bunjin” during a unique and innovative high-value Bonsai and Sencha tea experience in Nagoya, introduced for the first time in Japan by the Tourism Restart Project of Japan Tourism Agency.


①The Best Experience in the Best Environment
Indulge in the graceful tradition of the Sencha tea ceremony, in a serene setting at a Buddhist temple.

② Deep Bonsai Learning
Immerse yourself in the art of Bonsai through hands-on learning.

③ A Very Exclusive Experience
Wander through enchanting Bonsai gardens and gain exclusive access to collectors’ homes.

◆What is Bunjin?

The term "Bunjin" translates to "literary person" or "scholar" and describes cultured individuals in the late Edo period (1603 to 1868) who embraced arts like poetry, calligraphy, painting, Bonsai, and Sencha tea. This experience specifically focuses on two closely connected arts—Bonsai and Sencha tea.
Bonsai is the result of this cultural fusion. Writers in Kyoto adorned their Chinese-style Sencha tea rooms with Chinese art and Bonsai, where the trees' shapes echoed Chinese paintings, and since then it has evolved into a Japanese style representing Japan’s natural beauty.

◆Rich Bonsai and Sencha Tea Heritage in Nagoya

Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture's Bonsai tradition traces back to ancient times, with the city's favorable climate and fertile soil providing an ideal environment for nurturing these miniature living artworks. Local Bonsai artists have honed their skills for generations, passing down the artistry and techniques that make Nagoya a prominent hub for Bonsai enthusiasts worldwide.
Sencha tea ceremonies are also practiced in Nagoya. The city's tea ceremonies have been influenced by the renowned "Baisaryu" Sencha tea school, which has a rich lineage dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Nagoya's tea masters take great pride in meticulously preparing and presenting Sencha tea, a steamed green tea renowned for its refreshing taste and beneficial health properties.
Together, these cherished traditions reflect the essence of Nagoya's cultural heritage and continue to enchant visitors with their timeless allure.

◆Cautionary notes

【Dress code】Smart casual
*Kindly refrain from being barefoot or wearing shorts and miniskirts.

【Important note】
・We will arrange boxed lunches for lunch. However, we regret that we cannot accommodate specific allergies.
・During the experience, we will be using valuable items, so please handle them with care.

◆How to apply

【Day1】A Journey into Living Art
Day one offers a visit to Jogenji, a serene Soto Zen temple, where you'll witness the art of Sencha tea and Bonsai.
Experience the art of the Sencha tea ceremony, guided by the successor of the esteemed "Baisaryu" Sencha tea school. Savor the delicate flavor of a seasonal Japanese sweet, harmoniously paired with the refreshing and invigorating Sencha tea.
Following a delectable Japanese-style lunch, the moment has come to intimately engage with Bonsai. Dive into the fundamentals of Bonsai care and put your freshly acquired expertise to the test, as you work on a Bonsai tree under the expert guidance of a seasoned Bonsai master.

9:30 - Pick up from Nagoya city hotel

9:30 to 10:00 - Transfer *Private Taxi

10:00 to 12:00 - Experience Sencha (Japanese green tea) at Jogenji Temple

12:00 to 13:00 - Lunch

13:00 to 16:00 - Bonsai Workshop

16:00 to 16:30 - Transfer *Private Taxi

16:30 - Dismissal at Nagoya city hotel (Accommodation at Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel or similar)

Stay in Nagoya

【Day2】Deep Insight Into Bonsai
On the second day, delve deeper into the mesmerizing world of Bonsai, beginning with an awe-inspiring visit to a spectacular Bonsai garden called Aichien which houses thousands of Bonsai trees of different varieties that display captivating shapes. Here, you'll gain further insight into their allure and how to care for them.
Next, you venture to a house belonging to a passionate Bonsai and Bonsai pot collector. As you stroll through his enchanting garden, adorned with his most treasured Bonsai creations, you'll feel like you've stepped into the magical realm of a "Ghibli" movie.
To conclude this extraordinary day, you will visit Bonsai Fujiwara. Here, you'll have the privilege of admiring Bonsai masterpieces and gaining an intimate glimpse into the life of a dedicated Bonsai artist. You’ll also continue working on your Bonsai from the previous day. This time repotting them in your favorite pot.

9:30 - Pick up from Nagoya city hotel

9:30 to 10:00 - Transfer *Private Taxi

10:00 to 11:30 - Visit Aichien Bonsai Garden

11:30 to 12:00 - Transfer *Private Taxi

12:00 to 13:00 - Lunch

13:00 to 13:30 - Transfer *Private Taxi

13:30 to 14:30 - Visit Bonsai Enthusiast Mr. Miwa's Residence

14:30 to 15:00 - Transfer *Private Taxi

15:00 to 16:30 - Visit Bonsai Artist Mr. Fujiwara's Residence

16:30 to 17:00 - Transfer *Private Taxi

17:00 - Dismissal at Nagoya city hotel (Accommodation at Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel or similar)

Stay in Nagoya

◎How to apply
Apply for participation(External link)>>

◎What's included?
The cost of transportation, accommodation, meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches), entrance fees for sightseeing, and other applicable taxes, including consumption tax

*Please note that the above expenses are non-refundable in the event of partial non-usage at the customer's discretion


Location : 〒450-0002
1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Fee : 256,000yen / per person~

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