Metsa Village Finnish leisure park in Hanno Saitama Prefecture

Metsä Village  – Metsa Village opened in Hanno City in Saitama Prefecture on November 9th 2018. Metsa Village is the free part of the larger “Metsa”, a Finnish leisure park around Miyazawa lake. The charged area is a Moomin theme park Moominvalley Park. The resort encompasses relaxation, activities, shopping and dining at both the free and charged areas of the park. This post contains a quick guide as to what is available as well as information for seasonal events, such as the Golden Week events in 2024.

Metsa Village

Metsä Miyazawa lake Hemulin's playground Moomin Valley Park Metsa Hanno Saitama insaitama.com

Moomin is a Finnish cartoon character. Hanno City has been home to a FREE Moomin park in Akebono Childrens Forest for several years. It was one of the reasons that Hanno City was chosen as the location for the first Moomin theme Park outside of Finland. The other was the landscape of the area, which is said to be comparable to Finland. Moreover, Metsä means forest in Finnish and this area is lush with nature. Metsä Village was designed not only to compliment the Moominvalley theme park, but to use the natural landscape to create a leisure space reflective of and reminiscent of Nordic life.

Lake Miyazawa

The village is on the shore of Lake Miyazawa and surrounded by forest. One of the activities available is canoe hire. You can book to take a canoe out on the lake. Or if you prefer just sit and take in the view. They have some comfortable outdoor seats by the lake for anyone to use for free. They also have some eateries that have a nice view of the lake too. Unfortunately the barbecue “Utepils”, which was right by the lake, closed permanently in 2022.

Entrance Road

Metsa Village

Entrance Road is the colorful pathway from the car park down to the village. There are some nice hydrangea along the walk in June. Moreover, they decorate it frequently. It is where the popular umbrella sky used to be displayed annually in the summer. However, the umbrella sky was moved to Moominvalley in 2022. But they still decorate it for Christmas and other times of the year.

Panza Funmock

Funmock Panza Miyazawako Metsa Hanno insaitama (5) Metsä

Panza Funmock is a really fun “athletic in the sky” in the village. The entrance is near to the Starbucks. Both adults and children can play. You can read more about our experience at Panza Funmock here.

Shops and eateries

As you come into Metsa from Entrance Road the Market Hall and Viking Terrace greets you on the right hand side. Market Hall is on the bottom of the building. The Market Hall is home to several small shops and a couple of restaurants, including a Saiboku store.

Metsä viking hall (buffet hall)

The 2nd floor (1st floor in British English) is home to the Viking Hall. Viking is the Japanese for buffet. The buffet restaurant has a great view of the lake.

The Nordics blue building at Metsa beside funmock insaitama.com

The building on the left is the information center and it has several facilities including a baby room. Past the information building and to the left there is the Metsa hall followed by a pretty row of cafes, including a Starbucks.

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

Metsa Hall

Metsa Hall Metsa Village Hanno Metsa Village Christmas

Metsa hall hosts several of the events. It is also the space for pop up shops and seasonal events such as at Christmas:

Christmas

Metsa Village Christmas Market

One of the shops in the village is a Nordic Christmas shop where you can buy traditional European Christmas goods. Of course, Santa Claus is from Finland, so he likes to visit his home in Hanno around Christmas time each year. They also have a great Christmas market annually from November 1st to Christmas day.

Current / upcoming events at Metsa Village

Events at Metsa Village in 2024:

Golden Week 2024

The umbrella sky starts on April 19th at Moominvalley Park, which is located within Metsa. Moominvalley will also have fireworks during Golden Week – nightly from April 27th to May 6th. For all the events in Moominvalley Park. In the free part of Metsa, they will have a Farmer’s Market on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Official event page for the farmer’s market. And they will have a kids park for almost a month:

Kids Park

From Thursday April 18th to Sunday May 12th from 10 am to 4 pm. As part of the Kids Park event they will have a night cinema on May 3rd, 4th and 5th 2024, from 7 pm. There is also a farmer’s market scheduled for April 27th and 28th 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm. Official event page. In addition, from May 3rd to May 5th they have a Kitchen Car-nival (food truck carnival), between 10 am and 4 pm.

Annually

FYI, they have approximately 3000 Ice tulips at Metsa Village each, winter from around late January to around the middle of February. They are displayed in various areas of the park, including on the boats! Most of the displays are free to view, but if you want to take the “tulip boat” out on the lake it costs 4500 yen (for 40 minutes). Official event page. In 2024, Metsa also hosted the annual Ogawa Wine Festival (on March 17th). Whether it will from here on in, remains to be seen.


Metsä Village Information

Address:〒357-0001 Saitama, Hanno, Miyazawa, 327-6 メッツァ. View on Google Maps.
Phone:+81570031066
Cost:Free
When Metsa first opened parking was very expensive, but they eventually reduced and got rid of parking charges on weekdays. However, from April 1st 2023 they are reintroducing parking fees on weekdays. Parking is and was always charged on the weekend.
Hours:Open 10 am to 9 pm seven days a week.
The market hall closes at 8 pm.
Online:Official website

Access

Metsa is only about 10 minutes in the car to / from Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. There is an upper cap of 1500 yen for one day of parking. As per above, from April 1st 2023 they are re-introducing parking fees on weekdays. They will charge 1000 yen for the day, but the first two hours are free – only on weekdays. On weekends there is no free time and they do not validate parking. By public transport you can access the Village by a bus from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station.

Last update: January 2024.

A sample of events at Metsa, past and present

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2 Comments

    1. Author

      They really do have everything! And right now, in January 2024 they’ve some lovely ice tulips!

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