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**During the 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak events are subject to change and cancellation at a moment’s notice. Please do always check with the official website for any last minute changes or cancellations.**
Moominvalley Park Harvest 2020
September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 – November 8, 2020 @ 21:00
Moominvalley Park Harvest 2020 in Metsa, Hanno, Saitama. The featured image above is from the official Moomin Japan website.
Moominvalley Park Harvest 2020
From Umbrella Sky to Balloon Sky!
The Umbrella sky at Metsa needs little introduction. Despite being only two years old and held in summer only, it enjoys much fame and admiration. As the largest umbrella sky in Japan it attracts visitors from far and wide. So Metsa is looking to the skies again to bring people into the park.
About 3,600 balloons will be used to create a Harvest scene. There are three areas of “Harvest Gate,” “Berry Road,” and “Apple Forest”to symbolize the fruits of autumn in Northern Europe. An image of Autumn fruits hanging will be created by the balloons. The design is handled by textile designer Masaru Suzuki, using the design of marimekko, which was born in Finland. The areas are, from my understanding, slightly ahead of the entrance to Moominvalley Park.
The Moominvalley Park Harvest Balloon Sky will start on Saturday September 12th and run until Sunday November 8th. On the weekend of September 19th Metsa will host the Hanno Green Carnival. They will also have a fireworks event on October 17th, October 24th and November 7th. The day after Harvest finishes, November 9th, is the anniversary of Metsa Village and they usually have an anniversary event on that day with Santa Claus. The Metsa Christmas village usually starts on November 1st.
There are two workshops during the Harvest event (except for 9/19 and 9/20). Both are candle workshops, one more elaborate than the other and 2000 yen more expensive at 5,500 yen. The workshops for Harvest are held on the 2nd floor of Kokemus (pictured above). They usually have theme food when events are on, but no word yet on if / what they might be.
During the period of the Harvest event, they are running an Instagram Photo Competition. The top prize is 50000 yen! It will be awarded to one winner. But there are also runner up prizes. Four people will receive will receive a pair or tickets for Moominvalley Park and 50 people will receive original Moomin goods. All you have to do to enter is follow the Moominvalley Park official Instagram and share your photos of the balloon sky with the hashtag 「＃ハーベストフォトコン」.
Information and Access
Hours: Both Moominvalley park and Moomin are open shorter hours since the Coronavirus outbreak curtailment measures were introduced in spring. Both open from 10 am. On weekdays, Metsa closes at 6 pm, Moominvalley park at 5 pm and the car park at 6.30 pm. On weekends each are open an extra hour.
Cost: Metsa Village is free to enter and the event itself is free, but you do have to pay into the Moominvalley Park area. The price doubled in 2020. It now costs 2500 yen for adults on the day, 2300 for tickets bought in advance. Children costs are 1,500 yen on the day, 1,300 yen in advance. They now have a one day pass, which is 4200 yen on the day for adults, 4000 yen if bought in advance. For children it costs 2300 yen on the day and 2100 yen when bought online in advance. Please note you may need to book rides in advance too.
You also have to pay for parking. Parking has thankfully been reduced significantly since last year. The car park is now free on weekdays and is capped at a 1500 maximum charge on weekends.
By car: about 10 minutes from the Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway.
By public transport: Buses go from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station or from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. On foot it takes about 35 minutes to the park.
Check out the free “Moomin Valley” nearby in the Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest.
Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture 〒357-0001 Japan + Google Map https://metsa-hanno.com/
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Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors, particularly with the current Coronavirus outbreak.