Forest and Lake and Fireworks – the 2021 Metsa Fireworks in Hanno, Saitama, were scheduled for Saturday September 11th and Saturday October 16th. However, unfortunately (but understandably) they were subsequently cancelled due to the Coronavirus. The featured image is from the official Metsa website.
All information hereafter for the 2020 event, except for the web link at the bottom which is linked to the official notification of cancellation.
Please note there are no tickets at the door on the dates; tickets must be bought in advance.
Metsa Fireworks 2020
Forest and Lake and Fireworks
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!
The Metsa fireworks will be on three dates this Autumn 2020. They will launch about a thousand fireworks on the night of Saturday October 17th, Saturday October 24th and Saturday November 7th. The latter date will hopefully be optimal for some colored leaves. The fireworks will be launched over the lake from the forest from 7.30 pm to about 8.10 pm.
Tickets for this event must be secured in advance. There are two ways to get a ticket. One, buy one online. Tickets go on sale on the website on September 9th. They cost 1000 yen, but visitors will be given a gift of a Moominvalley Park original leisure sheet at the door. No other leisure sheets maybe used at the event. Moreover you will also receive a 1000 yen worth of vouchers for Metsa that are valid until December 2020.
Two, take part in the Metsa shopping campaign. This option was changed after I originally wrote this post. The campaign is now a lottery. If you collect receipts for over 600 yen at Metsa between September 18th and October 4th you can enter a draw to win a ticket. Therefore, a ticket is not guaranteed with this method. The application deadline for the draw is October 10th 2020.
Harvest, Balloon Sky!
During the three dates of the fireworks, Moominvalley park will have an Autumn event called Harvest. They are using about 3,600 balloons to create harvest scenes in three areas of “Harvest Gate,” “Berry Road,” and “Apple Forest”. There is an Instagram competition with this event with a top prize of 50000 yen. More information on the Harvest balloon sky event and Instagram competition here.
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 so for the third date of the fireworks, the village may very well be decorated for Christmas too.
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. (Moominvalley park is charged). As per above a ticket costs 1000 yen if you buy it or “free” if you buy more than a 1000 worth of goods at Metsa between September 18th and October 4th. You need to bring the receipts to the reception desk (by October 4th as far as I am aware) and pick up your “free” ticket.
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: A bus goes from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station . It takes about 13 minutes and costs 200 yen. There is normally a bus from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station, however it has been temporarily suspended. 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.
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