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Sightseeing in Metropolitan Sayama Natural Park

Lake Tama (Murayama Reservoir)

Murayama Reservoir, commonly called Lake Tama, is a water supply reservoir constructed between 1916 and 1927. Its circumference is 16.7 kilometers (10.4 miles), and it has been selected as one of the 100 Views of New Tokyo and as one of the 20 Views of Higashi-Yamato. Because it is one of the most valuable sources of water for Tokyo, the surrounding areas are protected as preserved forest land for recharging water sources. The area around the reservoir is home to mixed forests, and is also known as a great spot for enjoying cherry blossoms and autumn foliage. Many people visit the reservoir for bird watching and to see the ruins of houses from the Jomon period (14,000–300 BCE). The reservoir is about a ten-minute walk from Musashi-Yamato Station on the Seibu Tamako Line.

Lake Tama

Metropolitan Sayama Natural Park

Sayama Park is home to Taiyo Hiroba (Sun Plaza), which has expansive grass surrounded by beautiful trees, and to Tacchan Pond, which is filled with the spring water from the hills and the water from Lake Tama. In the autumn, the trident maple forests turn a beautiful shade of gold. Many people visit Sayama Park to enjoy the changing faces of nature in every season. The trident maple and gingko trees start to sprout leaves in late spring, which beautifully decorate the area with bright green colors. The period from mid-November to early December is the best time to enjoy the autumn foliage. Within the trident maple forests, the ground seems to be covered with leaves. The part is about a 12-minute walk from Seibu Yuenchi Station on the Seibu Tamako Line.

Taiyo Hiroba (Sun Plaza) at Sayama Park

Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park

This park is located at the western end of Sayama Prefectural Natural Park. The lush nature in the park includes mixed forests and deep valleys that cut into the hills. Inside the park, you can experience the satoyama lifestyle—a traditional method of living in the upland valley and cultivating the lower slopes of the mountains. The satoyama-style landscapes in the park include a satoyama house with a thatched roof, rice paddies, dogtooth violet colonies, and firefly habitats. Visitors can enjoy hiking, bird watching, and nostalgic leisure activities, such as experiencing satoyama culture and playing in the woods. To reach the park, you can take a Tachikawa Bus from Tachikawa Station on the JR Chuo Line, the Musashi Murayama Belt-line Bus from Kamikitadai Station on the Tama Intercity Monorail, or a Seibu Bus from Higashi-Yamato-shi Station on the Seibu Haijima Line. Get off at the Yokota, Choenji, Mine, or Kishi bus stop. The park is about a ten minute walk from these bus stops.

Satoyama house

Sayama Katakuri-no-Sato

Sayama Katakuri-no-Sato is the largest colony of dogtooth violets in Tokyo, where you can see 200,000 dogtooth violets bloom at once. It is also a stop on the Mizuho Kirameki Corridor, a sightseeing course established by Mizuho Town to connect natural tourism spots, improve the convenience and efficiency of visiting tourist spots, and promote tourism in the area. In spring, the dogtooth violets come into brilliant bloom on a slope with an area of 3,000 square meters (0.74 acres). The best time to see the flowers is from late March to late April.
Sayama Katakuri-no-Sato is located about a 15-minute walk from Hakonegaseki Station on the JR Hachiko Line.

Sayama Katakuri-no-Sato

Lake Tama Pears and the Local Sake of Higashi-Murayama

The green fertile land surrounded by beautiful nature is home to many orchards producing local specialties, such as Lake Tama Pears (a type of Japanese pear), grapes, apples, and kiwi. After mid-August, orchards throughout the city sell their fruit, and some even allow visitors to pick their own. The local sake is brewed by using carefully-selected rice, and groundwater that flows to the area from Mt. Fuji and is then pumped up from a depth of 150 meters (492 feet) beneath the ground. Toyoshimaya Shuzo, a sake brewery in the Kumegawacho area of, Higashi-Murayama City, produces sake whose taste has remained unchanged since the brewery’s establishment 380 years ago.

Lake Tama Pears

Murayama Oshima-Tsumugi Weaving

Since the Edo period (1603–1868), the Murayama area has been known for the production of cotton kongasuri, a type of indigo cloth with white patterns. The cloth produced in this area, called Murayama Oshima-tsumugi, is a pongee weave handmade by using pre-dyed silk threads. This cloth is highly valued for its quality and strength, and was designated as Tokyo Metropolitan intangible cultural property in 1967, as a traditional craft industry by the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry in 1975, and as a traditional craft by the governor of Tokyo in 1982. In addition to kimonos, many other products made by using Murayama Oshima-tsumugi are sold. You can buy Japanese-style accessories and goods, including neckties, pen cases, pouches, and coin cases.

Murayama Oshima-tsumugi weaving

Tea Fields Throughout the Sayama Hills, and Sayama Tea

Within the Tama area, Higashi-Murayama City produces the third-largest amount of tea, on the third-largest area of land, after Mizuho Town and Ome City. Sayama tea is grown in the tea fields of the Sayama hills. It is characterized by its vivid green color and rich, mellow flavor. Higashiyama-cha Udon is a new local specialty, a type of udon noodle developed by the Higashi-Yamato Society of Commerce and Industry by kneading Sayama tea into the noodles. These noodles, made by combining the traditional local dish of udon with the faint but fresh aroma of Sayama tea, have become very popular. Sweets made by using Sayama tea have also become popular in recent years.

Higashi Yamato Tea Udon

Murayama Udon

Musashino udon is an important part of the culture of the Sayama area. Because the soil in this area is not suitable for growing rice, it became a wheat-producing region. As a result, udon noodles, which are made from flour, became a staple of local cuisine. This udon culture spreads throughout the entire north Tama region, from the Murayama kate-udon that is popular in Musashi-Murayama in the west, to other cities including Higashi-Yamato and Higashi-Murayama. Murayama kate-udon, a traditional dish that has been eaten in the Musashi villages (Murayama Village, NakafujI Village, and Mitsuki Village) and nearby areas since 1835, is especially famous. Kate refers to the local seasonal vegetables that are boiled and served with the udon. Commonly-used vegetables include Japanese mustard spinach, spinach, and eggplant, which are local specialties of Musashi-Murayama.

Murayama kate-udon

Yaki-Dango (Grilled Rice Dumplings)

The Musashino Plain lacks water resources, which makes it difficult to create rice paddies. Because of this, local people mainly planted wheat instead. At the same time, they also cultivated a type of rice called okabo in their fields. Since the okabo rice had a poor texture, it was ground into powder to make dumplings, which were then grilled. This was the origin of Musashino dango. Because the rice has just the right amount of stickiness, the dumplings made with it are delicious. These dumplings also create a feeling of being full that lasts for a long time before people start to get hungry. They were therefore a practical food for hikers or for those who worked in the fields. Grilled dumplings seasoned with soy sauce are an important part of the culinary culture of the Sayama region, and are still popular today.

Grilled rice dumplings

Hiking Around Lake Tama

Hiking trails are a great way for visitors to enjoy the lush nature around Lake Tama. There are many hiking trails in the area, which makes it possible for visitors to choose a trail that suits them. For example, they can enjoy a long walk on a one-day trail, a more casual hike on a half-day trail, or a guided walk that provides an opportunity to learn about nature. There are also hiking trails suitable for families, where visitors can enjoy a short hike and then have a picnic on a blanket in the forest. Hikers can also learn about nature while satisfying their intellectual curiosities at the Sayama Hill Flora & Fauna Interaction Center, where they can observe various plants, insects, and birds.

A guided walk


Cycling courses are available within Sayama Park for cyclists to enjoy the traditional satoyama landscape of Musashino and Lake Tama. The Lake Tama Bicycle Path, which runs alongside the park, is a great place for all kinds of visitors, from families to serious cyclists, to enjoy cycling.

Lake Tama Bicycle Path


Sayama Park is home to a wild bird forest, where novices and veteran bird watchers alike can enjoy bird-watching. The wild bird forest project began as an effort to improve the forests and increase the population of wild birds, because bird watchers had complained about the small population. The wild bird forest project involves surveys of wild birds and vegetation, as well as regular bird-watching events.


Obstacle Courses

Asobi no Mori (the forest of play) and Boken no Mori (the forest of adventure) are obstacle courses located at the eastern end of Noyamakita-Rokudosan Park. Asobi no Mori includes more than 20 types of wooden playthings and playground equipment such as balance beams and playthings named for forest animals. These include Usagi no Yamanobori (the rabbit’s mountain climbing) and Otaka no Toride (the goshawk’s fortress). The adventure forest has Tarzan ropes for children to play on, an obstacle course set on steep slopes, and an observation deck with a height of 8 meters (26.2 feet) and a circumference of 60 meters (196.9 feet). Children can get some exercise while having fun playing in the nature surrounded by mixed forests.

Asobi no Mori


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