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The Real Santa at Tove Jansson Akebono No Mori
December 17, 2019 @ 10:00 - 11:00Free
The Real Santa will be visiting the Tove Jansson Akebono No Mori, aka the place that was formerly called Moomin Valley. Akebono No Mori is a free park in Hanno that was called Moomin Valley until last year. The park have worked hard to re-brand themselves under the new name of Tove Jansson Akebono no Mori, so that people won’t confuse it with the Moomin theme park a few kilometers down the road.
The real Santa Claus from Finland (aka Lapland) will be visiting the park on Tuesday December 17th between 10 am and 11 am. Children can talk with Santa, ask him questions and even pass him a Christmas letter.
Akebono no mori Santa Access
The park is quite hard to find as a first timer. It is tucked away behind Hanno’s gymnasium. You actually have to go to the back of the car park of the gymnasium to find it. The best land mark is probably the Cainz next door. The long drive way to the gymnasium is beside the Cainz. They are on prefectural route 195; 9 kilometres from route 16 if you come off the Ken-o expressway at the Iruma Interchange. The nearest interchanges are Sayama-Hidaka and Iruma Interchanges of the Ken-o expressway, both are about a 20 minutes drive away.
By train the park is about a 20 minute walk from Motokaji 元加治 Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line.
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