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Sayama Municipal Museum and Kome To Cha Cafe | SAYAMA

View of Sayama Inariyama Park from Sayama Municipal museum

Sayama Municipal Museum, Saitama, is a city museum in Sayama Inari Yama Park on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.  They tend to host a lot of travelling exhibits suitable or designed for children. They have just closed the very excellent pop-up book exhibit and tomorrow the “Heros” exhibit will open. The Fairytales of Andersen will run concurrently for the first three weeks. In the past they have had a number of very successful and popular exhibits for children including a Licca Doll exhibit and a Cardboard Art and play exhibit.

Winding ramp to second floor from 1st floor circular hall

The ground floor circular hall is where they hold most of their travelling exhibits. You can walk up to the second floor from this hall up a winding ramp that circumferences the hall. On the 2nd floor they have a room with their permanent displays. They have an Akebono Elephant (Stegodon aurorae) bones on display in this section. These elephant fossils are said to be between 2 and 1.2 million years old. There are also displays depicting ancient Japan, including a replica of a Jomon period house. They have a tatami tea room in the museum too.

You can collect the museum’s seal for a Stamp rally or a keepsake

The museum is free in for children under 15 years old. High school and university students cost 100 yen and all other adults cost 150 yen. They often have flyers in the lobby with a discount ticket: 60 yen for students over fifteen years old and a 100 yen for adults. Like most of Saitama’s municipal or prefectural buildings, this museum has a museum seal that the kids can stamp onto the back of the museum’s brochure in the allocated space, or on to any piece of paper. This museum often participates in seasonal “stamp rally” run by the prefecture, whereby you collect the seal of a number of different participating bodies in return for a small prize. The museum is buggy / pushchair friendly and they have toilets. There is also a cafe beside the museum called Kome To Cha.

Kome To Cha Café / Restaurant

Kids Lunch at Kome to Cha

The café and restaurant is located beside the entrance to the museum. It is accessible from within the museum, but it also has its own door and an entrance from the park side too. The restaurant changed its name last year from Komorei to Kome To Cha, but it is still called the former by many.

Kakikori at Kome to Cha

The cafe is not particularly big, but it is comfortable and my favourite feature is the large floor to ceiling windows which afford a lovely view of the park. Most of the tables are positioned in such a way that they have a view of the park. Probably their most popular item is the kaki-kori, a typed of shaved ice dessert flavoured with syrup. They have ice-cream too. Their menu is quite limited, but I thought the food was rather nice. They have children’s meals too. They are a little on the small side, but easy for children to manage. The rice was served as rectangle shaped origami with nori on the underside and furikake sprinkled on top. I think the kids meals are best suited to younger children or children that don’t have a great appetite. My preschoolers and toddler really enjoyed their meals.

Opening hours:

The museum is open Tuesday to Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Mondays.  Cafe / restaurant Kome To Cha is open from 10 am to 4.45 pm, Tuesday to Sundays. Closed Mondays and the fourth Friday of the month.

Address:

23-1 Inariyama, Sayama, Saitama

Access:

The museum is a 3 minute walk from the Inariyama kouen station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line or you can get a bus from the west exit of the Seibu Shinjuku Line Sayama City Station to Inariyama koen.

It is about a 15 minute from the Sayama Interchange of the Ken-o expressway or 20 minutes from the Kawagoe Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway.  The museum and the restaurant share parking and it is free. Spaces are quite limited in the car park beside the museum, so it is not uncommon to have to wait for a parking space to come free.  However, you can also use the park’s car park and walk over.

Phone:

For both museum and cafe: 04-2955-3804

URL:

sayama-city-museum.com

**Featured image is from the Cardboard Art Exhibit from 2014

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Cardboard Art Exhibition / Play attractions at Sayama Municipal Museum

Sayama Municipal Museum, Saitama, is currently holding a “Cardboard Art” 「ダンボールアート] exhibition, until the end of August 2014. Children under 15 years old are free in. High school and university students cost 100 yen and all other adults cost 150 yen. There is a flyer in the lobby with a discount ticket: 60 yen for students over 15 / 100 yen for adults.

Address:

      23-1 Inariyama, Sayama, Saitama

Access:

      The museum is a 3 minute walk from the Inariyama kouen station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line or you can get a bus from the west exit of the Seibu Shinjuku Line Sayama City Station to Inariyama koen.

 

      15 minutes from Hidaka Interchange. Free Parking.

Phone:

      04-2955-3804

URL:

      http://www.city.sayama.saitama.jp/manabu/museum/

There is a cafe on the grounds. It is buggy / pushchair friendly.

 

Saitama Day special train passes already on sale

You can already purchase the one day “all-you-can-ride” (乗り放題) train discount tickets for Saitama day, this Thursday November 14th, at participating train stations.  The prices are summarised by railway below. A child fare is required for children from age 6 up. Children under the age of 6 are free.

Seibu Railway

Adult: 460 yen
Child: 230 yen
Available for purchase from the 8th to the 14th of November

Tobu Railway

Adult: 460 yen
Child: 230 yen
Available for purchase from the 8th to the 14th of November

Saitama New Urban Transit (New Shuttle)

Adult: 400 yen
Child: 200 yen
Available for purchase from the 8th to the 14th of November

Chichibu Railway

Adult: 1000 yen
Child: 500 yen
Available for purchase on the 14th of November

Saitama High Speed Rail

Adult: 660 yen
Child: 330 yen
Available for purchase on the 14th of November

Tsukuba Express

Adult: 2,300 yen
Child: 680 yen
Available for purchase on the 14th of November

Places you can enjoy for free on Saitama Day

WRITTEN IN 2013, but the places are the same year on year.

Saitama Prefectural day is on the 14th of November each year. Many venues and locations offer free entry to their attractions on this day.  You can also get special day tickets for the trains within Saitama.  Below is a list of ten places, selected at random, you can enjoy for free on Saitama Day annually.   Opening hours, address and phone number &/or official URL for each place provided for each place, below this google MyMap where each place is plotted.




 

Saitama Children’s Zoo

Free entry to the zoo and the children’s castle

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00 (last entry 16.00)
Address: 554 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama-shi, Saitama 355-0065
TEL: 0493-35-1234
URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/sczoo/

Saitama Museum of Rivers

Entry to the grounds, to the water playground and parking are all free

Opening hours: 10.00 to 16.00 (grounds are open from 9.00 to 17.00)
Address: 39 Kozono, Yorii, Osato District, Saitama Prefecture 369-1217, Japan
TEL: :+81 48-581-7333
URL: http://www.river-museum.jp/

Saitama Aquarium

Free entry to the aquarium

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: 751-1 Mitakaya, Hanyu City, Saitama 348-0011
TEL: 048-565-1010 FAX 048-565-2768
URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/suizokukan/access.html

Tokorozawa Aviation Museum

Free entry to the facilities

Opening Hours: 9.30 to 17.00 (last entry 16.30)
Address: 1-13 Namiki, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0042
TEL: 04-2998-4388
URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/tokorozawa-kokuu/

Skip City Visual Plaza

You can enter the museum for free. They usually also have free showings of movies.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: Sai no kuni Visual Plaza, 2nd Floor, Visual Museum, 3-12-63 Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama 333-0844, Japan
TEL : 81-48-265-2500 / FAX : 81-48-265-2628
URL: http://www.skipcity.jp/english/access/index.html

Ogawa Genki Plaza

Free entry into the facilities, free access to the planetarium.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.30
Address: 561 Kiroko, Ogawa Town, Saitama, 355-0337
TEL: 0493-72-2220 | FAX 0493-71-1043
URL: http://ogawagenki.com/

Kawaguchi Science Museum

Free entrance into the Science Exhibitions

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: (Inside Skip City) 3-12-18 Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama 333-0844
TEL: 048-262-8431
URL: http://www.kawaguchi.science.museum

Kawagoe Festival Museum

Free entry

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.30 (last entry 17.00)
Address: 2-1-10 Motomachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama 350-0062
TEL: 049-225-2727 FAX.049-227-5001
URL: http://kawagoematsuri.jp/matsurimuseum/

Saitama Museum of Literature

Free entry

Opening hours: 10.00 to 17.30
Address: 1 Chome-5-9 Wakamiya, Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture 363-0022, Japan
TEL: +81 48-789-1515
URL: http://www.saitama-bungakukan.org/

ADDED IN 2015

Yoshimi Sports Park

Sports facilities free to use. You need to book in advance.

URL: http://yoshimi-park.com/

REPLACED:Aqua Paradise Patio, You can enter the pool for free, for an unlimited time. Opening hours: 10.00 to 21.00
Address: 763 Kashiai, Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture 366-0816, Japan
Phone: +81 48-574-5000
URL: http://www.patio.or.jp/index.php