The Higashi-yamato Municipal Folk Museum has ”the Sayama Hills and life” as its theme. The museum has a planetarium equipped with a Megastar projector, which casts images of stars.
With ”the Sayama Hills and life” as its theme, the Higashi-yamato Municipal Folk Museum exhibits a broad range of objects from the nature and history of the locality. The museum has an exhibition section, which shows a topographical model of the hills of Sayama and the history of the city, and anther section dedicated to Yoshioka Kenji, a local, Japanese-painting artist. The folk museum has a planetarium where you can watch the sky full of stars projected by the Megastar projector developed by planetarium creator Takayuki Ohira. The Megastar was the first one to be introduced to a planetarium in Tokyo, and the seasonal starry sky and varying themed programs depending on the period of the visit can be enjoyed. On weekends and holidays, the museum opens an information service room where you can freely read any of the 13,000 library materials related to the Sayama Hills and the Higashi-yamato city. It is a two-minute walk from the Yahata Jinja bus stop when you take a Seibu bus from the Higashi-yamato-shi Station on the Seibu Haijima Line. It is also a two-minute walk from the Kyodo Hakubustsu-kan Iriguchi bus stop when you take a Choko bus from the Kamikita-dai Station on the Tama Monorail Line.