Kawagoe with kids Sayama Municipal Museum

Sayama City Museum, Saitama, is a municipal museum in Sayama Inariyama Park on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.  They tend to host a lot of travelling exhibits suitable or designed for children, especially during spring and summer break. We have been to many of their exhibits over the years and (with the exception of one) the kids always enjoy them. They generally always have a crafting event on too. They also have events, even when there is no guest exhibitions.

Sayama Municipal Museum

Sayama Municipal Museum

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 also have a room with their permanent displays. It is actually relatively small, but they have some interesting pieces.

Sayama Municipal Museum

For example, 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.

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

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, information below the Exhibition Section.

Exhibitions at Sayama Municipal Museum

The museum has had some really great exhibitions over the years. In all honestly, the only one we found a little disappointing was the “Unfortunate Insects” exhibition in summer of 2019. Thankfully, they had a good crafting event on that made up for the “unfortunate” exhibit!

Trick art exhibition Sayama Municipal Museum

Of all the exhibitions we’ve been to, two really stood out – the Cardboard Art Exhibition and the Trick Art Exhibition. The feature photo at the top of the article was taken at the Trick Art Exhibition. Both the Cardboard and Trick art exhibits are travelling exhibitions so hopefully they might even come back! And some of the exhibits that were in the Trick Art Exhibition are now in Kawagoe Trick Art Museum.

Current or upcoming exhibition

Exhibition: Sayama City Botanical Encyclopedia Exhibition ——From specimens to art——
Dates: from Saturday March 16th to Sunday May 12th 2024.

Japan's first art exhibition at Sayama City Museum

For the spring and summer exhibits I normally put the information in an event post. Because they are usually kid friendly. But this year’s spring event doesn’t look as child friendly as normal. The “Sayama City Botanical Encyclopedia Exhibition” will start on Saturday March 16th to Sunday May 12th 2024. However, they have some really great, reasonably priced, crafts on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the period. Official exhibition page.

Current or upcoming events

On Saturday March 2nd 40 families can participate in an Ohayashi event. It is on from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. The event is free, but you have to apply in advance to participate. The registration opens on February 17th. The following day, on March 3rd, they have an event for Girls’ / Dolls’ day, where professional dressers will dress children between 90 and 130 centimeters up as Hina Dolls. This event costs 500 yen per child. It also requires that you apply in advance. Registration opens on the 16th and is limited to the first 16 families. Official event page for both events.

Kome To Cha Café / Restaurant

Kids Lunch at Kome to Cha at the Sayama Museum
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.

Address: 23-1 Inariyama, Sayama, Saitama

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.

Sayama Museum and Cafe Information

Trick Art Exhibition at Sayama Museum beside Inariyama Park Cherry Blossom Festival

The park is located at the south west end of the Sayama Inariyama Prefectural Park.


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.

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.


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.


For both museum and cafe: 04-2955-3804

Official website


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  1. This is close to me. I had no idea, thanks for sharing

      1. It would, wouldn’t it. And we already have a load of cardboard, possibly a summer project!

    1. Oh yes, son’s brain was ticking over the whole time. He had me take photos of lots of things he wants to replicate at home!

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