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Places to See in Hamura

Close to the urbanized new townscape, go on a walk among beautiful flowers and plentiful water and greenery, or check out historic buildings while recalling the history of Hamura, Tokyo, or take a break in a unique cafe surrounded by nature.
Enjoy the type of laid-back, relaxing Japanese scenery.

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Popular spot whose fun expression changes with the seasons

Negarami Mae Suiden-Rice Field

April, the best time to see Tulips

Spread out over approximately 59,000 ㎡ of land, about 1.26 times the size of the Tokyo Dome, the tulip fields in Hamura are the largest in the Kanto region. There are about 400,000 tulips in around 60 different types that full bloom.
The tulips are grown as a second crop of the Negarami-mae Suiden-Rice Field, the city’s only “suiden” rice paddy field. Rice is grown from the beginning of summer to the fall, then from fall to spring the tulips are cultivated, transforming it into a sightseeing spot.
This is also a happy spot where you can bring your children along for a walk, and you can get closer to the place here where the locals interact with each other.
In April, the tulip festival will be held.

・Utilized throughout the year

June

Children and volunteers in the region will plant rice in a section of the field where bulbs were dug up in May.

July

The rice plants growing up from the water paddies and the blue sky reflected on the field make for a beautiful scene. Mother ducks and ducklings also come out to play.

August

Oga lotus flowers will bloom in a corner of the rice fields. There is an event of enjoying alcohol or juice using the leaf and stalk of the lotus plants. (Lotus viewing event)

September

The swaying rice crops in the field look like a golden carpet. Scarecrows made by elementary school children add a touch of individuality.

October

The harvest season has finally arrived! The regional community gathers to combine their strength and harvest the plants. It will be sold as the rare "Hamura Rice."

November

Children and volunteers in the region will carefully plant tulip seeds one by one in preparation for the following spring. Spring can't come fast enough.

Departing from Hamura! Tamagawa Josui Starting Point

Hamura Diversion Weir

Work on the Tamagawa Josui began in 1653. Spanning about 43km long, it brought water necessary for drinking and everyday life to the people of Edo. It currently runs from Hamura up to Yotsuyaokido in Shinjuku.
It is said that Edo was able to develop as a city thanks to the aqueduct.
The starting point, the Hamura Diversion Weir, is devised so that the lumber that sits to the side is taken away during a flood, preventing the weir from dam breaking and overflowing.

Currently the waterway is lined with approximately 200 cherry blossom trees, and is a famous location for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.
In March every year, it serves as a cherry blossom flower viewing spot for the “Hamura Flower & Water Festival – Cherry Blossom Festival.”

Interact with cute animals in a friendly atmosphere!

Hamura Zoo

Opened in 1978 as the first town-managed zoo in Japan, this is a relaxed, friendly zoo where you can bring your children to, and the local residents are very familiar with it. Interact with animals, such as touching chicks and guinea pigs, or feeding the mini pigs and Shiba goat. Try to find the heart hidden in the giraffe’s fur pattern.
Also check out the unique exhibition “Fairytale Land” with its fairy tale-themed motif.

4122 Hane, Hamura, Tokyo
Tel : 042-579-4041
URL : http://www.t-net.ne.jp/~hamura-z/
Closed: Every Monday (open if Monday is a national holiday), period from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1
Entrance Fee: Adults 300 yen, children 50 yen

Enjoy the summer with a flowing pool and waterslide!

Suijo Park

With a total length 45m waterslide, a flowing pool, and a waterfall pool, this park is full of charming attractions. There’s also a pool for toddlers who are still in diapers to play in. Enjoy the hot summer together with your kids!

Park Open Period: Mid-July to early September
4-9-1 Hanenaka, Hamura
Entrance Fee: Child (0 years old to junior high school student)2 hour ticket 100 yen · 1 day ticket 200 yen,
Adult: 2 hour ticket 300 yen · 1 day ticket 600 yen

A look at the city from the water supply tower

Water Supply Office/Water supply Tower

Hamura’s tap water is 100% groundwater. Safe and delicious, you can be at ease with your children drinking it. Water pumped from the well is treated at the water purification plant, and distributed to households using water supply towers located in 3 places in the city.
One of the water supply towers, tower no. 1, houses the water supply office, and stands at approximately 34m tall, with approximately 6,300 cubic meters in capacity. It’s open for observation on the 1st of every month (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays excluded), you can climb up the tower and enjoy the scenic view.
2-18-5 Midorigaoka, Hamura

Guarding the city for over 1,400 years

Aso Shrine Main Hall (City-Designated Tangible Cultural Property)

It’s been said that the Aso Shrine was founded in the 9th year of Empress Suiko (601). An old shrine, it sits on a cliff overlooking the Tama River from ancient times.
The main hall features a shingled roof of the Nagare-zukuri style, constructed in the 4th year of the Enpo Era (1676). Shrine building was an important material at the start of the Edo Period. Additionally, there are 9 construction badge plates designated in the shrine – among them, is one that reads “Tenbun 5 (1536)”, and the name of the Mita clan can be seen.

Aso Shrine Beech Tree

This old tree is said to be between 800 to 1,000 years old. It has a trunk circumference of 6.1m, and stands at approximately 18m tall. Strictly speaking, it's a Castanopsis sieboldii tree. Legends state that Fujiwara no Hidesato, who defeated Taira no Masakado, planted this tree. Though the branches have been damaged by recent snowfalls and typhoons, the tree remains study and lively.

4-6-23 Hanekami, Hamura, Tokyo

The round spiral shape is interesting

Maimaizu Well (City-Designated Historic Site)

This well is located within the Gonokami Shrine near the east exit of JR Hamura station. Before the technology was developed to dig wells straight down, they were dug in a spiral shape in order to reach the depth where the water resides. Because the passageway to the well looks like a snail, it’s called “maimai,” which is “snail” in Japanese. At some point it simply became known as the Maimaizu Well.
It has been said that a plate monument from the Kamakura Period to the Muromachi period was excavated while bringing out water during the Edo Period, showing that this well has been in use for a long time.

1-1 Gonokami, Hamura

Learn about the history of Hamura!

Hamura Folk Museum

A museum of where you can discover the history and culture that was born from the natural environment of the Tama River. You can also find the life history and works of Kaizan Nakazato, an author who was born in Hamura.

Old Shimoda Residence

Red Gate Related to Kaizan Nakazato

741 Hane, Hamura
Tel: 042-558-2561
Closed: Every Monday (open if Monday is a national holiday), period from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1
Entrance Fee: Free

Hamura Yearly Event Calendar

Traditional events and festivals have deep roots in people's lives.
Check out the event calendar for your chance to get involved with Hamura culture.

Early January

●Dondo Yaki

An old, traditional event held to wish for a good harvest and good health. New Year's pine decorations and rope are thrown into the fire. Held in the riverbed of the Hamura dam and the Miyanoshita playfield park.

●Katsuryoku Market, Daruma Market

The "Katsuryoku Market" is a marketplace held twice a year where Hamura agricultural produce is sold directly from the producers. In the spring, the "Daruma Market" is held, where a Daruma doll can be bought to pray for good business and the realization of a goal. Refreshments, Japanese sweets, vegetables, and flowers are also sold.

March - April

・Cherry Blossom Festival (Early Period)

Held along the Tamagawa Josui and near the Hamura Zeki-Weir, while approximately 200 cherry blossom trees are in bloom. Enjoy the magic of cherry blossoms at night as they are lit up. The Hamura zoo and the Hino Motors Hamura Factory will also become venues.

・Tulip Festival (Late Period)
Utilizing the second crop of the city's only "suiden" rice paddy, the Negarami Mae Suiden-Rice Field, this is a festival at the largest tulip field in the Kanto region. Every year there are about 400,000 tulips in around 60 different types that full bloom.

Middle of April

●Hamura Spring Festival

Held on the second Saturday and Sunday in April.
The main festival features the portable shrine of the Inari Shrine (Yakumo Shrine) being carried across the Tama River near the Hamura weir, in an impressive ceremony of "Shrine Entering the River." On the previous day, the eve of the festival, six festival cars from the shrines run through the city, then gather together to compete with festival music.

・Japanese Floats “Dashi” Parade

Floats gather at the west exit of Hamura station, and a competition is held.

・Shrine Entering River

A great many people watch over the portable shrine of the Inari Shrine (Yakumo Shrine) being carried across the river.

Late June

Observing the Fireflies

The Hamura Firefly Research Group breeds fireflies in a firefly cultivation site near Aso Shrine. The fireflies flight is confirmed every year in late June, and an observation event is held.

Early July

Katsuryoku Market, Morning Glory & Ground Cherry Market

The second joint meeting of farmers and merchants for the Katsuryoku Market is the Morning Glory & Ground Cherry Market. In addition to ground cherries, other fresh vegetables, flowers, skewered rice dumplings, wasabi, and accessories are also on sale.
How about your garden the feel of summer by placing a large-flowered morning glory, or bright-red ground cherry in it?

Late July

●Hamura Summer Festival

As the Hamura’s biggest event, unique Hamura dances "Nimba Odori" and "Samba Parade" are performed tailored to the musical track of "Nimba," which gets the venue rocking. There are also many shop exhibits. As part of the summer festival spirit, the front of Hamura Station is decorated with summer illuminations.

Early August

●Lotus Viewing Party

Held at the planting area of the Oga lotus plants in Negarami-mae Suiden Paddy Field. Lotus leaves and stalks are used to drink alcohol and juice.

Late August

●Floating Paper Lanterns

These paper lanterns are floated down the river to thank our ancestors, while also celebrating the joy of living, wishing for the good health of our families and success in school, etc.

Late September

●Hamura Hometown Festival

The powerful "Yosakoi Soran" dance is performed in front of Ozaku Station.

Early October

●Hamura Illumination

In addition to the lighting ceremonies and projection mapping shows, there are also various events such as Halloween and dance contests.

Early November

●Hamura Industrial Festival

An event held at Fujimi Park where commercial, industrial, agricultural, and consumer groups introduce their activities and products, allowing you to get a look, listen, and feel for them. Merchandise sales, and a food and drink corner are also available.

Late November

●Hamura Nigiwai Music Festival

Music festival held at the west exit of Hamura station that many famous artists attend. With refreshment stands available you can enjoy good food and music at this event.

Colorful flowers that can be viewed in Hamura.

Hamura Flower Calendar

Seasonal flowers are a sight to behold. Here we’ve gathered a list of rivers and parks where the flowers can be viewed. The blossoming period may be longer or shorter depending on the flower, so we have listed this only as a standardized flower blossoming guide.

The Ginkgo of Musashino Park

A row of ginkgo trees that spans over 100 m in this park that also features a baseball field and tennis court.
This is a great “hidden” spot for photographers.

January    Wintersweet

February        Plum

March       Winter Daphne

April        Double Cherry Blossoms

May       Odorikiso (nettle)

June         Water Lily

July      Hydrangea

August         Oga Lotus

September     Cotton Rosemallow

October       Aster kantoensis Kitam

November       Pink-headed Knotweed

December   Winter-flowering Camellia