Sayama Inariyama Prefectural park, or Inariyama Park for short, is a park known for its lush green lawns. This article contains general information about the park as well as cherry blossom, barbecue and annual event information. The museum and cafe in the park have their own post here.

Inariyama Park

View of Inariyama park from Sayama Municipal Museum
View of Sayama Inariyama Park from Sayama Municipal museum

Inariyama Park was once an American military facility; part of Johnson airport. Nearby Sai no Mori Iruma park and Johnson Town were also part of Johnson airport. After Inariyama park was returned to Japan, it was made a Saitama prefectural park, in 2002.  It is located close to the current day Japan Army Self Defence Force Iruma Air Base. The Sayama Municipal Museum and Kome To Cha Cafe are on the south west corner of the park.

Until 2018 they didn’t have much for kids, but they added a small playground suited to toddlers.

Cherry Blossoms

The park is lush all year round, but during cherry blossom season it is effervescent with its 300 mature yoshino cherry blossom trees. And its a really popular place for hanami. However, in 2023, the park asking people to refrain from picnicking under the cherry blossoms. There are also some yaezakura, the late blooming type, in the park too. 

Events

Cherry Blossom Festival

This year for the first time since the pandemic began, they will have a cherry blossom festival. The festival is scheduled for Saturday April 1st and Sunday April 2nd. However, as they are asking people to refrain from partying in the park, there is a chance they won’t have food trucks this year. As of March 14th 2023, the park still hasn’t released the finer details of the festival, just their intent to have one.

Barbecue Garden

OPen space for playing at Sayama Inariyama Prefectural Park

The BBQ area is available from the middle of March to the middle of November. In 2023, it will start from Saturday March 18th. It is in a green area of the park, surrounded by trees. On weekdays you can use the space between 11 am and 3 pm. On weekends they have two different slots. You can either hire the area between 10 am and 1 pm or from 2 pm to 5 pm. It costs 1000 yen per adult and 500 yen for children. Booking form.

Glamorous Hyde Park

Glamorous Hyde Park at Inariyama Park

Glamorous Hyde Park is an annual event, held in spring, at the Park. Its a type of glamping day camp experience that has become very popular in Japan in recent years. Shinrin Park do a similar one called Forest Villa. But Inariyama Park were first! It is generally available from the end of March until early May.


Setsubun 2024

There will be a setsubun event at Inariyama Park on February 3rd between 11 am and 3 pm. They will have a workshop for making an oni and ask parents to act as oni when performing mamemaki (bean throwing). It costs 300 yen but the materials are provided for making. Official event page.


Inariyama Park Information

Map of Sayama Inariyama Prefectural Park

Address:

1 Chome-23-1 Inariyama, Sayama, Saitama 350-1324

Access:

The park is beside 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.  

Hours: 24 hours, however parking closes at night.

Phone: 04-2955-3228

Official website


In the area:

3 Comments

  1. I lived there 1970 – 1973.

  2. Great to see the park through your beautiful pictures. I was stationed at Johnson from 1968-72. It began as Johnson AB after the Army Air Force moved into Japan’s Iruma Air Base postwar. The base was joint use through the years I was there, serving both the USAF and the JASDF. The JSADF controlled the air field and flight operations of the base. USAF had many facilities on the main base. Johnson served primarily as a housing area for both Johnson and Yokota military personnel (Yokota did not have a lot of room for on base housing). The Hyde Park Annex was just outside the back gate and Inariyamakoen Station. The cherry blossom trees were spectacular along the road that led to Irumagawa and Sayama. We first lived in a small rental in Irumagawa. The house was near the large hill at the rear of Hyde Park with a view point that overlooked Irumagawa and Sayama. Hard to imagine it is all gone, even after all the years. I have a nice picture of Inariyamakoen Station and the Sayama viewpoint if you can email me directly.

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