Metsa Fireworks

In 2019, Metsa Village had a popular fireworks called Forest and Lake and Fireworks. It may have become an annual event had it not been for the pandemic. They did actually have a variation of the event in 2020, but they had to cancel it in 2021. The fireworks came back in 2022, but with a new name and were on August 9th in celebration for Moomin Day. Last year, 2023, they had even more fireworks for an event called ‘Saturday Night Fireworks’. But this year they will have EVEN MORE. This year they are calling the event “Metsa Nordic Fireworks”…

Metsa Nordic Fireworks 2024

On select dates in the summer of 2024, Metsa Village will have a fireworks display lasting about 15 minutes. It maybe short, but it is a free event. But if you would like to have a reserved seat OR enjoy a barbecue under the fireworks, it is possible to book a ticket in advance. There are four different options, with the cheapest tickets for a chair at 1650 yen each. The tickets are already on sale as of June 23rd 2024. There area also additional fireworks in Moominvalley Park on select dates.

By and large the fireworks are on Saturdays and select Sundays from mid July to Silver Week. You will find the exact dates in the information section below. The fireworks are launched between 7.40 pm and 8 pm. The event is cancelled if there is rain or high winds. They will announce on their website if the event is cancelled. There is usually additional events the week of August 9th in celebration of Moomin Day, but as of June 23rd 2024 that information is not yet available.

Metsa is a Finnish theme park based on the characters of Moomin. The Metsa Village area opened late in 2018 and the park was finalized in spring of 2019 with the opening of Moomin Valley Park.

Autumn fireworks

Metsa usually have fireworks in Autumn too. (And in Golden Week also) In autumn, the fireworks are launched over the lake from the forest from 7.30 pm to about 8.10 pm. It is usually around the time of the Metsa Village anniversary, which is November 9th. Santa Claus usually flies over from Finland for the occasion. The Metsa Christmas village usually starts on November 1st.

Miyazawa Lake site of the Metsa fireworks 2020

Metsa is located by the Miyazawa lake which is one of Saitama’s scenic Autumn leaf viewing locations. We timed it wrong last year, and missed the vibrant colors. However, Metsa is always picturesque thanks to the lake and forest. But adding fireworks to that combination will make for an Autumn night to remember!


Event: Metsa Nordic Fireworks 2024 メッツァの北欧花火2024

Dates: on the first two dates – Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th – there is also a summer festival in Hanno.

Saturday July 13thSaturday August 3rdSaturday September 14th
Sunday July 14thSaturday August 10thSunday September 15th
Saturday July 20thSunday August 11thMonday September 16th
Saturday July 27thMonday August 12thSaturday September 21st
Saturday August 17thSunday September 22nd
Monday September 23rd

Hours: time from 7.40 pm for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Cost: Metsa Village is free to enter. There is a free viewing (standing only) area for the fireworks too. You can pay for a seat too. Prices start from 1650 yen. If you want to watch from Moominvalley park, or play there, you have to pay in. Information on Moominvalley park in English.

Venue: Metsa Village, 327-6 Metsa, Miyazawa, Hanno, Saitama 〒357-0001. View on Google Maps.


By car: about 10 minutes from the Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. Since April 2023 there is a charge for the parking lot again on weekdays (weekdays were free during the pandemic). Parking on a weekday costs 1000 yen, but the first two hours are free. On the weekend it costs 1500 yen, but there is no free period.

By public transport: A bus goes from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station . It takes about 13 minutes and costs 200 yen. On foot it takes about 35 minutes to the park from the station.

Official 2024 event web page

Moominvalley park and Metsa Village are operated by Rights & Brands Japan.

Check out the free “Moomin Valley” nearby in the Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest. 

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