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Umbrella Sky Project | HANNO
June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 - July 15, 2019 @ 21:00Free
Umbrella Sky Project Saitama – “Forest and Lake and Umbrella“. Japan’s largest Umbrella Sky Design Project ever.
The Umbrella Sky Project is finally coming to Saitama. From June 8th to July 15th 2019 you will be able to enjoy the internationally acclaimed umbrella art installation in Metsa Village in Hanno, Saitama.
Umbrella Sky Project
The Umbrella sky project started in Portugal in 2011/12. Since then several locations around the globe have adopted the uplifting art project. There have been several places in Japan that have mimicked the art installation over the last few years. But this one in Metsa will be the biggest to date.
Metsa are using 1,000 umbrellas stretching over a 100 meter area. The area is open until 9 pm at night so you can see the umbrellas lit up at night too. They are using different colour umbrellas to give the illusion of a rainbow.
During the period there will also be a pop up shop selling various types of umbrellas and products with umbrella motif. There will be a display in the workshop area (from the ceiling) with different types of umbrella shapes, some with animal motifs. There are also workshops scheduled during the display period. Workshops are charged. Price varies according to what type of workshop. They will also have a limited period exclusive rainbow cheese cake for sale (540 yen per slice) while the Umbrella Sky Project is running.
Metsa Village Information and Access
Metsa Village Information
Hours: Open 10 am to 9 pm seven days a week. The market hall closes at 8 pm.
Cost: Metsa Village is free to enter, but you do have into the Moomin Valley Park area. You also have to pay for parking. And it costs 100 yen for 10 minutes unless you book in advance. If you book in advance it costs 1,500 yen per day on a weekday and 2,500 yen on a weekend. You no longer have to book in advance, but on a busy day they give priority to people who have booked in advance. But they have also introduced an upper cap for non booked parking of 1,800 yen maximum payment on weekdays and 3000 yen on weekends.
And not only do you have to pay for it, you also have to book it! No booking, no parking.You can book from the official website (Japanese language only) here.
Metsa Village Access
…The Metsa village location is more convenient than Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s forest for drivers as it is closer to the highway. Its only about 10 minutes in the car to / from Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway.Source: Metsa Village opens
By public transport
You can get to Metsa Village in Hanno in about an hour from parts of Tokyo. You can access Metsa Village from either Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station or from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. Unfortunately, both are quite a walk to the resort, taking at least 35 minutes on foot.
However, you can take a bus from both on weekends and from Hanno station on weekdays. The village is about a 12 minute walk from the bus stop. However, there are now direct buses to Metsa from both stations.
Also coming up in Hanno – Green Carnival on June 1st and 2nd…
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