Omiya Park museum

Located in Omiya Park, the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore is made up of three main parts: the exhibits, crafting and a free outdoor play area. This article concentrates on the latter two which do not have a cover charge to enter, and the free exhibits. The exhibit side of the museum, including the permanent exhibits, left of when you come in the door, has a cover charge. This post also occasionally has information for the visiting exhibitions at the facility.

Outdoor play area at the Museum of History and Folklore

The outdoor play area of the museum is a courtyard with some traditional Japanese activities, some physical activities, including cement pipes can climb through, and a couple of exhibits. The area is quite small. There is no charge to enter this area of the museum.

The sweet shop replica has some actual produce from the showa period. The pictured pump is still workable, but to conserve water they only have a small reserve in the well.

Kids can play with a selection of traditional Japanese toys such as koma, begoma and kendama. All pictured above. It is quite common for kids to start up an impromptu begoma competition. Adults sometimes participate too.

It is also quite common for adults to use the hula hoops in the courtyard! They have large sizes for adults and children’s sizes too. You can see tye dye handkerchiefs drying beside the hula hoop area. They were made in the crafting centre:

Crafting at the Museum of History and Folklore

There is a large crafting room on the “free side” of the museum. It is the main section of the indoor part of this area. It is free to spectate people crafting here, but there is a nominal fee to participate. As you can see from the above photo the most expensive is the straps that cost 350 yen.

Shibori Tie Dye workshop

Tye dye craft at Saitama History and folklore museum in omiya Park

The traditional Japanese Shibori tie dye experience is probably the most popular. It only costs 200 yen per person to participate.

Votive Prayer Plaques at the Museum of History and Folklore

Design your own prayer plaques for just 300 yen

Seasonal “Mini Art ” at the Museum of History and Folklore

Seasonal mini art class 100 yen per person

Crafting at Saitama Museum of History and Folklore


There are a handful of exhibits in the corridor beside the large crafting workshop.

You will also find the all important stamp rally supplies in this area. Stamps are a popular activity at prefectural museums and educational facilities. The stamps available at the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore are pretty cool. They feature Kobaton, the mascot of Saitama, in traditional costumes.


Apart from the craft workshops, the museum has regular events. One of the (really really!) popular ones is the event where you can try on Japanese samurai armour. The next date for that is next weekend on February 16th. It costs 500 yen per person. You need to book in advance to secure a place.

The museum also hosts several travelling or temporary exhibitions. From December 19th to March 17th 2024 they will have an “Art of the Moroi Family,” exhibition. The Moroi family, a merchant family from Honjo, along with Eiichi Shibusawa, supported Japan’s modernization. The Moroi family prospered during the Edo period by selling silk fabrics and thread cocoons. The successive heads of the family interacted with literary figures such as painters, calligraphers, and haiku masters who passed through the Nakasendo, and were also passionate about collecting calligraphy and paintings. In this special feature, you can see paintings and literary works that were donated by the Moroi family in 2021. Official event page on the prefectural website.


There is a restaurant in the mezzanine on the free side of the museum, overlooking the retro play area in the courtyard. It sells fast food such as chahan and udon. Ice-cream too. You can also use this area without purchasing anything and even bring in your own food. There is a vending machine there. They have a baby diaper changing area and nursery in this area.

In summary, the Museum of History and Folklore is a nice stop on a day out in Omiya park with young children. For more to do in the park make sure to check out this article with information for all the other attractions in the park. Information section with hours, access, map etc hereafter:

Saitama Prefecture Museum of History and Folklore Information

Omiya Park museum

Cost: The side that is charged costs 300 yen per adult.

Hours: The museum is open from 9 am to 4.30 pm most of the year, but during the months of July and August it opens until 5 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and at the end of the year from December 29th to January 1st.  

Phone number: 048-641-0890

Official English webpage

Access & Parking

The Saitama Prefectural museum of history and folklore is located in Omiya Park, beside the Omiya Archery range. Its also relatively close to some of the cherry blossoms.

By train the park’s closest train stations are “Omiya Kouen” or “Kita Omiya” stations on the Urban Park line. Both are an approximate 7 minute walk to the main park. Dai Ni and Dai san are a further 10 to 15 minutes away. JR Omiya station which is serviced by many train lines, is about a 20 minute walk (from the stations East exit).

Car park hours Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore in Omiya

The museum’s car park which is located beside the archery range and about a 2 minute walk to the entrance of the museum has about 12 car parking spots. But you can also use the free parking for the park. There is parking for 314 cars and an additional 7 spaces for wheelchair users and / or drivers with lower mobility.

General Information for Omiya Park

You can read a much more abbreviated version I wrote on Place Review: Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama | City-Cost


    1. Haha, ironically, not so much in the last month, but New Years resolution – get posts out of drafts!! Some of these posts had been sitting half finished in drafts for years!! Not this particular one – it only had to wait three months!

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