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History of Metropolitan Sayama Natural Park

Ruins are still being excavated in the Sayama Hills and nearby areas. The ruins date back to the Paleolithic age, indicating that this area was inhabited by humans 10,000 years ago. There are ruins from the Jomon period (14,000-300 BCE) and old battlefields from the Kamakura period (1185-1333 CE). Many historic temples, such as the national treasure, Jizo-do, can also be found in this area. The area was designated a Tokyo Metropolitan Natural Park in 1951.

Jizo-do in Sayama Park

April: Casual Walking at the Cherry Blossom Festival

The Noyama-kita Park bicycle path (commonly called Suido-doro) was constructed on top of the water pipe used to carry water from Hamura to the Murayama Reservoir (Tokyo Suido), which was buried during the Taisho period (1912 to 1926). The cherry blossom trees along the lane were planted during the construction, making the trees about 50 years old. There are 300 Yoshino cherry trees that reach full bloom in spring on both sides of the four-kilometer bike lane. A cherry blossom festival is held on the Noyama-kita Park bicycle path every year. Various events are held during the festival period such as the lighting up of the cherry blossom street, a cherry-blossom themed senryu (modern–style haiku) contest, and bridal processions.

Rows of cherry blossom trees along the Noyama-kita Park bicycle path

April: Cherry Blossom Festival

The town of Mizuho has many great spots for enjoying cherry blossoms. Rokudoyama, where you can view wild cherry blossoms, has been famous for cherry blossom viewing for many years. The Mizuho Cherry Blossom Festival held at Rokudoyama Park every April offers various events, such as an open-air tea ceremony, street performances, free amazake (a hot, sweet drink made from rice), festive orchestral performances, and raffles. Many visitors and locals gather to enjoy the festival every year.

Cherry Blossom Festival

August: Lake Tama Fireworks

The Musashi-Murayama Summer Firework Festival, commonly known as the Lake Tama fireworks, is held on the last Saturday every August. About two thousand fireworks, such as star mines, are launched. Visitors can also enjoy refreshment stands, bon dances, and folk arts such as festive orchestral and taiko (Japanese drum) performances. One of the biggest attractions of this festival is the message fireworks, which are launched to commemorate weddings, births, and other individual celebrations. Parking is not available at the venue, so we recommend walking or taking the bus.

The fireworks of Lake Tama

October: Murayama Dedara Festival

The Murayama Dedara Festival is named after Dedara Bocchi, a giant from local folklore. Wells that remain in many parts of the city are said to be the footprints of Dedara Bocchi. The climax of the festival is a night parade with floats that resemble the giant, Dedara Bocchi. The unique floats called furusato dashi, which are made by the locals, color the autumn night of Musashi Murayama with the rhythm of dance, drums, and festival music.

The first place winner of the Dedara Award in the 11th Murayama Dedara Festival Photo Contest


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