Fifth generation bonsai growers

Nakanishi Chinshoen Bonsai

takamatsu city, kagawa prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Kinashi, which literally translated means “no demons,” is a bonsai cultivation district in Takamatsu city. In the history of the region the term “demon” was used to refer to the pirates who used to terrorize the island and mainland ports throughout the Seto Inland Sea over the centuries. The name Kinashi would have suggested a sense of safety.

Within this area of the city, which also happens to be the home of multiple bonsai tree growers, there is the conspicuously refined Nakanishi Chinshoen nursery.

This amazing place is a combination of a garden, a museum and an art gallery. A family enterprise that has reached its fifth generation, Nakanishi Chinshoen is firmly established as part of the royalty of bonsai growers in Kagawa Prefecture.

The nursery also serves the role of cultural ambassador, graciously welcoming visitors from around the world into their domain. They come to see how the trees get their start and the unique manner in which they are displayed.

At Nakanishi Chinshoen, you are presented with the bonsai in an ideal environment. The plants are placed around the inner garden of the facility like sculptures, each projecting a different artistic message. A masterfully manicured bonsai has the power to inspire relaxation and contemplation.

Feel free to explore the entire Kinashi Bonsai District on foot. Nakanishi Chinshoen is just steps from Kinashi Station, so begin your journey there. Weave your way through the town streets and visit as many of the growers as you can.

There are eateries and shops throughout the district, where you can find local delicacies as well as comfort food, so take your time and spend the day in Kinashi.

About the Area

Takamatsu City is the commercial center of Shikoku and has a urban feel that is befitting to the title. Its lovely boulevards and well-developed port area create an ambiance that is truly cosmopolitan.

Must-see spots for visitors include, Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu Castle, the central shopping arcade and the port area art installations.

Yakuri Station is the entry point to the Yashima district of Takamatsu City, which is well-known for its temple near the summit of the unique and iconic table top-shaped Mt. Yashima. The vista from the mountain is highly-prized and well worth the effort to get there. However, to best appreciate its entire shape, the view from Sunport Takamatsu Symbol Tower is recommended.

Yashima is notable for its eateries, many of which serve the renowned local specialty, udon noodles.

Access: Take the Marine Liner from JR Okayama Station to JR Sakaide Station. Take the Yosan Line to JR Kinashi Station. Nakanishi Chinshoen is about a 5 minute walk from JR Kinashi Station.

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