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Metsa Village Umbrella Sky “Forest and Lake and Umbrella

We visited the Forest and Lake and Umbrella Metsa Umbrella Sky Project in the summer of 2019. And we weren’t disappointed. Its coming back this year, 2020, even bigger and for longer than last year. (2020 Event Information here).

Metsa Village Umbrella Sky display

Umbrella Sky Project

The internationally acclaimed Umbrella Sky Project which started in Portugal around eight years ago is an art project you can see in many locations around the world. Currently, in Japan there is an Umbrella Sky Project in at least one other location in the Kanto plain. The other one I know of (2019) is at Karuizawa.

Metsa Umbrella Sky “Forest and Lake and Umbrella”

Metsa Village Umbrella Sky display Hanno Saitama

Forest and Lake and Umbrella is the Metsa’s Umbrella sky project. You can certainly see the forest and umbrellas together, but if there was a view of the lake from where the umbrellas are, I missed it. But just as you pass the end of the umbrellas you get a view of the beautiful Miyazawa Lake.

Rainbow Umbrella display

Umbrella Sky

Forest and Lake and Umbrella uses 1000 umbrellas making it the biggest umbrella art installation in Japan to date. And in 2020 it will be twice the size. They are spread over a 100 metres of the main entrance walkway of the Moomin theme park and in 2020 they will also be along the riverside. In 2019, it didn’t feel like there were a 1000 umbrellas, but it didn’t matter – it is the rainbow coloured design and vibrant vibe that makes the display so impressive.

There some beautiful purple hydrangea at the edge of the forest along the side of the walkway where the umbrellas are displayed. It was too hard to get a photo of them and the umbrellas together due to lighting and angles (plus I am not a photographer!). I personally also wasn’t able to get a clear photo of the umbrellas without people in them. As you would expect, there is constantly people admiring / walking / standing / posing under the umbrellas. If you have the time and patience to wait, an opportunity might arise though.

Umbrella display in the workshop

Umbrella Sky

In the workshop in Metsa Village they have a small display of umbrellas from the ceiling. They are connected to the workshop tables to give the impression of them carrying the tables. It gives the illusion that the tables are floating. The umbrellas are different to the umbrellas in the main walkway which are each a singular colour. In the workshop they have different type of motifs and designs.

Metsa Village umbrella sky Japan's largest umbrella art installation

During the period there will also be a pop up shop selling various types of umbrellas and products with umbrella motif. 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.

From the event information share on Insaitama.com

Umbrella Sky Cost

Umbrella Sky

The umbrella display is free to view. It is at the main entrance to the complete park which comprises Metsa and Moomin Valley Park. Metsa is also free. You walk through Metsa to get to Moomin Valley Park which is the part with a cover charge.

Parking is now free on weekdays and capped at 1500 yen maximum charge on a weekend.

Umbrella Sky Dates

2019: The umbrella sky project is visible daily / will be up until bank holiday Monday July 15th. Update 2020: the display along entrance road will be up until July 26th and the new display by the lake will be up until August 30th 2020.

Metsa Village Information

Hours: open 10 am to 9 pm, parking opens at 9.30 am

Cost: detailed above

Official event webpage

English Information for the event on this blog

Access

By car

About ten minutes from the Sayama / Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. Parking detailed above.

By public transport

There are buses to Metsa Village from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station (North exit, bus stop 1) or from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. If you want to walk from the stations, it takes about 35 minutes on foot from both.

Metsa is a Finnish theme park based on the characters of Moomin. The Metsa Village area opened late last year and the park was finalized in spring of this year with the opening of Moomin Valley Park.

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26 Comments

    1. Author

      🙂 Hah! It was a pleasant surprise though – didn’t expect it to be so…. pretty!!!!

  1. I saw this umbrella project in many cities around the world but I never understood what they were referring to!

    1. Author

      I had actually never heard of it until this year. But now that I have seen one, I want to see more!! 🙂 Thank you Cristina.

  2. These are gorgeous wow!!! All these colors, so stunning and colorful and creative. Love it.

  3. Looks like amazing place to visit on weekend. In my opinion the charges of parting is too high. One of my friend is in China for 1 month I will definitely recommend this place to her

    1. Author

      The charges for parking really are too high, but one benefit of that is the car park is rarely crowded. 🙂 Thank you so much

  4. Whoa! That looks so cool! I hope one of these days we have the ability to travel around the world to see some of the cool things like this!

  5. Oh my my my! What a pretty sight that is! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs.

  6. That is one of the coolest things I think I have ever seen! I would love to check it out in person!

  7. Wow! This is sooo pretty! I love the colour effect that they have. Who would’ve thought that umbrellas can make something so beautiful. Would love to visit this place one day.

  8. Oh Wow, Wish we had something like this closer, I love it. Always wanted to go to Japan and this would be a wonderful exhibit to see

    1. Author

      I really hope you do get to Japan one day, so much to do and see

      1. I have enjoyed looking at this very much. It is such a great work of art. I am definitely trying this on my end.

        1. Author

          Thank you so much. It is a really uplifting project. I had seen photos online, but nothing beats seeing it in person.

  9. that place looks awesome! I’d love to go there with my kids! very unique and fun! thanks for the heads up ; )

  10. that’s so pretty, look at the shadow they cast on the floor. I’ve been to Japan on vacation, it’s a magical place.

  11. What a great umbrella project. They had something like this in South FL last year.

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