March Sasayama ABC Marathon
Sasayama ABC Marathon is held every year in early March. The route is authorized by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations as the Sasayama Joseki Marathon Course, and this marathon welcomes an average of 10,000 participants. The start line is at the Sasayama City Hall, and the participants run in the general east-west direction, returning to the Sannomaru Hiroba at Sasayama Castle.
Sasayama ABC Marathon
Address: Hyogo, Sasayama, Kita-shinmachi/Sannomaru Hiroba of Sasayama Castle
URL: http://sasayama-abc-marathon.jp/ (Japanese)
Access: From the JR Sasayamaguchi Station of the Fukuchiyama Line, take the Shinki Green Bus bound for Sasayama Eigyosho, and get off at “Nikaimachi” bus stop. It is a five minute walk to the start line.
Entry Fee: 5800 yen
April Nishiki’s Rhododendron Festival
You can experience the beautiful rhododendrons that grow in northwestern Sasayama. The best time of year to see them is at the end of April; the Nishiki Rhododendron Festival is held annually around this time at Kuromame no Yakata.
Title: Nishiki’s Rhododendron Festival
Address: Sasayama City, Shimoitai 511-2 Kuromame no Yakata
Tel: 079-590-8077 (Kuromame no Yakata)、079-552-1111 (Sasayama City Commerce and Industry Sightseeing Division)
URL：http://tourism.sasayama.jp http://tourism.sasayama.jp/english/(Engilsh Version)
Access: JR Fukuchiyama Line (Get off at Sasayamaguchi Station and take the Shinki green bus towards Kusayama Onsen. Get off at Itai). 6 minutes on foot.
April The Sasayama Kasuga Noh Performances
Every year, at the beginning of April, a Noh theater performance called “Sasayama Kasuga Noh” is held on the Noh stage of the Kasuga Shrine.
Name: Sasayama Kasuga Noh
Address: Sasayama city, Kurooka 75 Kasuga Shrine Noh stage
TEL: 079-552-5792 (Sasayama Office for Education – Cultural Heritage Section)
Access: Sasayama-guchi Station on the JR Fukuchiyama Line. Get off here and take the Shinki Green Bus heading to Sasayama Eigyosho. Get off at “Kasuga Jinja Mae” bus stop.
Perfomance dates: The beginning of April each year
Tickets: Adults – Advance Tickets 5000 yen (on the day 5500 yen), Middle and highschool students – Advance Tickets 1000 yen (on the day – same price) * The price of the tickets is subject to change.
April Tamba Sasayama Cherry Blossom Festival
The Tamba Sasayama Cherry Blossom Festival is held during the second weekend of April, when the cherry blossoms decorate the castle town with Sasayama Castle at its center, at Sasayama Castle Sannomaru Square.
Name: Tanba Sasayama Cherry Blossom Festival
Address: Sasayama, Kitashinmachi Sasayama Castle Sannomaru Square
Phone: 079-506-1535 (Tanba Sasayama Tourism Association), 079-552-3380 (Sasayama Tourism Information Desk)
Website: http://aeteyokatta.tanba-sasayama.com http://tourism.sasayama.jp/english/ (English)
Access: Exit at Sasayamaguchi Station on the JR Fukuchiyama Line, approximately a 5 minute walk from the Nikaimachi stop bound for the Shinki Green Bus Sasayama Business Office
Date: The second weekend of April
May Start Of The Mountain-Climbing Season At Tamba Sasayama
May is the beginning of the mountain-climbing season. The mountains of Tamba Sasayama are opened to the public every May. At the Tamba Sasayama Yamabiraki (Tamba Sasayama start of mountain-climbing season) events, challenges are offered to four different mountains: Taki Renzan, Yajurogatake, Oyasan, and Miyama.
Name: Tamba Sasayama Yamabiraki
Website: http://tourism.sasayama.jp http://tourism.sasayama.jp/english/(English)
May Tambayaki Pottery At Yakimono No Sato Harumonogatari
Tambayaki is considered one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. In Sasayama, an event called “Yakimono no Sato Harumonogatari” is held annually during the long holiday season in May. During the festival, guests can have a look inside Tambayaki potteries.
Name: Yakimono no Sato Harumonogatari
Venue: Tambayaki potteries, Tachikui Seunosato, Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato
Address: Sasayama, Kondacho
TEL: +81-79-597-2034(Tachikui Suenosato), +81-79-597-3961(Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo), +81-79-590-3377(Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato)
Website: https://tanbayaki.com/ https://tanbayaki.com/english/english.html(English)
Access: From JR Fukuchiyama Line Aino Station, ride the Shinki Gree Bus for Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo (Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan) or for Kiyomizudera and alight at Suenosatomae or Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan.