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Metsa Village reopens to Saitama residents

May 22, 2020 @ 10:00 May 31, 2020 @ 18:00

Metsa Village closed during Coronavirus Saitama

Metsa Village reopens  – Metsa announced late on Thursday 21st of May that they will reopen part of Metsa Village, to residents of Saitama only, from 10 am Friday May 22nd. Saitama Prefecture is still under a state of emergency that runs until May 31st. Despite that Metsa is reopening the commercial village ahead of the expiration of the order. The Moominvalley park, the Moomin theme park within Metsa, will remain closed (opening details here). However, Panza Funmock will also reopen. The news comes days after Starbucks released information that they would reopen their branch at Metsa, Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture. 

Metsa reopens Starbucks Saitama Metsa Village
The picturesque Starbucks at Metsa Village

Safety measures

  • The park is only open to residents of Saitama prefecture
  • Staff have a daily temperature check
  • Employees will be wearing masks and frequently washing and sanitizing hands
  • Tables, door knobs and other surfaces that are touched frequently will be regularly disinfected
  • There are splash prevention guards at check outs and information desks
  • Disinfecting hand spray readily available for patrons use
  • Periodical ventilation of indoor locations
  • Tables and chairs arranged to follow social distancing guidelines
  • Please don’t come to the park if you are sick and / or have a fever
  • Please do your bit to maintain social distancing 
  • It is advised that you wear a mask to the park

Umbrella Sky Event

The popular and beautiful Umbrella Sky art installation event was supposed to start last Friday, but had to be postponed due to the State of Emergency. However, now that Metsa is reopening the umbrella sky project will kick off. You can find out everything you need to know about the free umbrella sky project here:

Updated: Umbrella Sky Project 2020 Saitama Japan


Metsa Village Reopening Information 


The park is normally open 10 am to 9 pm seven days a week. The market hall normally closes at 8 pm. However, for the interim, the park will be open for shorter hours. The village will open at 10 am and close at the earlier time of 6 pm. The car park will open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.


Metsa Village is free to enter. Parking used to be charged, but at the moment it is free on weekdays. You do have to pay on weekends. There is an upper cap of 1500 yen for the day.

Metsa Village Access:

(Map in grey details box at the bottom of the post)

Metsa Village is only about 10 minutes in the car to / from Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. 

By train 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. Please note there maybe changes to the train and buses due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Official website 


May 22 @ 10:00
May 31 @ 18:00
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Miyazawa, 327‐6 メッツァ
Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture 〒357-0001 Japan
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