Top 10 Things to do in Higashimurayama, Japan

March 8, 2018 Carley Gatson

Discover the best top things to do in Higashimurayama, Japan including Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park, Kakujogyorui Kodaira, Sayama Park, Tamarokuto Science Center, Showa Kinen Park, Tonogayato Garden, Higashimurayama Shobu Matsuri, Tokyo Metropolitan Koganei Park, Seibu Prince Dome.
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1. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganei 184-0005, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-388-3300
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 251 reviews

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Dedicated to the architecture of the late Edo period, this outdoor museum showcases historic buildings, including 200-year-old farmhouses and specialty shops filled with reproduction products, such as a soy sauce shop, Japanese umbrella shop, and stationary store.

Reviewed By Zaropans - Brussels, Belgium

Delightful for any visitor and highly recommended for those interested in architecture or everyday life. The Mitsui villa and the rebuilt shopping street are utter highlights, and so is the replica of the onsen bathing house. The Mitsui villa is both zen and fancy and has an exquisite garden.
Koganei park (free entry) is pretty cool too, and has a steam train locomotive on display.
Beware: Google Maps may make you get off the train at the Higashi-Koganei station but the Musashi-Koganei station (oen stop further) has better bus connections !

2. Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

1-13 Namiki, Tokorozawa 359-0042, Saitama Prefecture +81 4-2998-4388
Excellent
35%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 157 reviews

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

Reviewed By Michael B - Suffolk, United Kingdom

Overall, this is a nice place to go for the day near Yokota and Fussa. They have many airplanes and helicopters to view with a few that you can sit in or walk around. They also have a few things for kids to do like the gravity walker, flight simulator, Mission control and art room. They also have an IMAX movie theater that plays an aviation movie, but unfortunately is all in Japanese.
Outside of the museum, there is a big open park area which is nice to bring your lunch or snacks while visiting.
Strollers are allowed in the museum and they have elevators too. In addition there is a small gift shop and restaurant that offers a buffet lunch and other snacks and drinks.
Keep in mind that parking is limited around the area. If you get there early and during the weekdays, should not be a problem.
The price for the museum was about 1,000 yen per adult with small children free.
The staff was helpful, despite the limited English (or our limited Japanese). Overall, it is nice to visit when wanting to stay near Yokota, approximately 30 mins drive near Seibu Dome.

3. Kakujogyorui Kodaira

2-8-16 Yanagikubo, Higashikurume 203-0044, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-470-1530
Excellent
28%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Kakujogyorui Kodaira

Reviewed By jare54kw - Higashikurume, Japan

The best fish market in this area with large car parks to buy fresh fish, especially to some quantity. Transported largely from fishing ports on Japan Sea.They make fillet of a whole fish as you like and remove a shell off from shelled oysters. Worth visiting just for watching a wide varieties of fresh fish.

4. Sayama Park

3-17-19 Tamako-cho, Higashimurayama 189-0026, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-393-0154
Excellent
34%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Sayama Park

Reviewed By Shinichi H - Uwajima, Japan

The view of the lake is amazing! The sunset is magical and I jogged here everyday. Sakura on spring time is wonderful. I jogged from my house to this park and spend the whole afternoon just chillin or jogging. There are some photographers by the bridge waiting to capture the perfect sunset. There's an amusement park at the front. The trees are lovely on summer, I usually pay respect every time I pass by.

5. Tamarokuto Science Center

5-10-64 Shibakubocho, Nishitokyo 188-0014, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-469-6100
Excellent
26%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Tamarokuto Science Center

Reviewed By tyapatsuD - Tokyo, Japan

平日に訪問しました。学校の授業が終わった後の時間帯ということもあってかもはや常連とも思えるような近所の子供達を多数見かけました。展示内容は都心部にある科学博物館をしっていると子供だましのようなものばかりで目新しさは皆無。ここは地元の子供たちに科学への興味を持ってもらうための施設なのかなと思いました。

6. Showa Kinen Park

3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa 190-8530, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-528-1751
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 545 reviews

Showa Kinen Park

Reviewed By Australiafrancophile - Australia

I visited on Sunday 19th of November.I arrived via Tachikawa station but as has been said before NishiTachikawa station is more convenient.
There are very few leaves left on the gingko trees.I have learnt that autumnal gingko trees are stinky.
It was dogs day and there were many , many dogs with their devoted owners enjoying the garden.
The highlights for me were the Japanese garden with nice autumn colored maples and the bonsai garden.Dont miss the fingered citron bonsai.Like a big lemon with 6+ "fingers"
There is also a small dahlia garden with dahlias flowering now.
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We took the little train for 310 yen.It tends to go around the periphery for some of the route so not so scenic but saves the leg.As has been said this park is absolutely enormous but flat and no steps so wheelchair friendly.
Good play areas for children.
Bring food because, surprisingly, there isn't much available.

7. Tonogayato Garden

2 Minamicho, Kokubunji 185-0021, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-324-7991
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 82 reviews

Tonogayato Garden

Reviewed By emilee l - Cherry Hill, New Jersey

The Tonogayato Gardens are beautiful; a welcome respite right near a train station in an urban area. Admission is less than $2 (less than $1 for seniors) and one can easily wile away an hour or more--even in February before the blossoms burst. A wonderful Japanese Garden experience on a fairly small scale; walkways lined with natural materials, the sound of water, the smells of different kinds of trees. Ah!

8. Higashimurayama Shobu Matsuri

4-50 Noguchicho | Kitayama Park, Higashimurayama, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
33%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Higashimurayama Shobu Matsuri

Nature-rich Kitayama Park with the Sayama Hills in the background is one of the "New 100 Scenic Views of Tokyo." The Higashimurayama Shobu Matsuri is held in early summer when 220 species of 100,000 irises bloom. The entertainment includes an outdoor tea ceremony, festival music, and koto Performances. Festival stalls sell the city's famous produce and goods. Potted and cut irises are also sold. Food and drinks are also available.

Reviewed By 白熊爺 - 東京

6月10日に訪問
この日は東村山駅から北山公園までシャトルタクシーが出ていて150円で行けました。
3台のワンボックスのタクシーが出ていたので待つ事無く乗る事が出来ました。
夕方の4時半まで営業すると言っていました。
会場では日中は地元の太鼓や踊り等が披露され特に子供さんの踊りはとてもユーモラスで良かったです。
しかもとても上手です。
模擬店では東村山名物の黒やきそばがありピリットしながらもコクがあって美味しかった。
夜の7時からはライトアップされ雰囲気も上々でした。
沖縄歌謡のライブもしていて雰囲気にピッタリ。
それ以上に良かったのが夜になると一斉に鳴き出すカエルの声や虫を求めて飛んで来るコウモリ、草露の匂いを濃厚に含んだ山風など日頃忘れていた自然の中の夜の部分を感じられた所。
自分の中の野生がちょっと騒ぎだした感じでした。

9. Tokyo Metropolitan Koganei Park

1-13-1 Sekinocho, Koganei 184-0001, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-385-5611
Excellent
36%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Tokyo Metropolitan Koganei Park

Reviewed By Pstrauss - Beecroft, Australia

A large parkland, which includes the Tokyo Outdoor Architectural Museum which appears on many tourist lists. I haven't visited the Museum, but enjoyed a day out in the park with my Japanese resident son and granddaughter aged 5.
Beautiful meadows of poppies at this time of year, and a lovely Koinobori, the carp flags for Children's day on May 5. Many local families were picnicking, riding bicycles and using the variety of giant slides, jumping devices, climbing walls and the like. Street performers too. I only touched the surface of the park on this visit of several hours. You can buy food and rent bikes by the hour. A green oasis in the city for an active day out or a snooze in the sun.

10. Seibu Prince Dome

2135 Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa 359-1153, Saitama Prefecture +81 4-2925-1141
Excellent
25%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 184 reviews

Seibu Prince Dome

Reviewed By Debbie K - Adrian, Michigan

The Seibu Dome is a great place to watch baseball. I went here with my Japanese colleague to take in a game between the Seibu Lions and the Tokyo Giants in interleague play (Pacific vs. Central League). This stadium is unique in that it is domed but there are no walls in most sections of the stadium. And where there might have been partial walls, they did not meet the roof. As such, it is still partially open air. This offers the pleasant feature of allowing enjoyment of the game in the fresh air without it being affected by the elements. The stadium concession stands were a little primitive by US stadium standards but they were still extensive. There were several food choices including noodles, sushi and other Asian fare as well as Western stadium food such as KFC. Japanese baseball is a unique experience as the fans from the two teams sit, for the most part, on opposite sides of the stadium. In this case, there were a large contingent of Giants fans since Tokyo was an easy train ride from Saitama. When each team is at bat, their fans are led in organized chants and cheers to support their teams. For the home team, this included a drum (a la the movie "Major League") and a horn. There were also notable differences in some details such as the fact that the Manager can remain on the field as a new pitcher is warming up, players can play catch in front of the dugouts during the game and other such nuances. But the key thing is that the quality of play has always been very good from what I observed. The play tends to go on for a while (almost 4 hours in this case) as Japanese hitters are more patient and pitchers tend to nibble the corners instead of challenge the hitters. This makes for deep pitch counts and longer playing time. This was the eighth Japanese Major League, or Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), stadium to which I have been and this was probably one of the most enjoyable games I have witnessed. It helped that there was an exciting finish with a two-out, 3-run single (yes, single) in the ninth inning by the Tokyo batter (I think it was Abe) who had two strikes on him at the time. It was a hit that fell between the 2Bman, CF and RF and was off the glove of the 2Bman who unfortunately fell injured and had to be carried off the field by stretcher. That hit erased a 3-1 Seibu lead. Overall, it was a fun game to watch. If you are visiting Japan, a visit to an NPB game can be a very enjoyable experience. Even if you are not a baseball fan, it is an interesting window into Japanese culture. While Sumo might be the uniquely Japanese sport, Baseball is still the National game and the populace follows their teams passionately. The manifestation of this passion is intriguing to witness.

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