Moominvalley and umbrella 2024

Information for Japan’s largest Umbrella Sky / Street in Moominvalley Park, Saitama (near Tokyo), Japan.

Japan’s largest umbrella sky / street

The official name of this popular event at Moominvalley Park in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, is Moominvalley and Umbrella¹. It started in 2019 in the free area of the Finnish themed village² in Hanno City, but since 2022 it is now in the charged area, called Moominvalley Park. Another big change since 2022 is that this event is now a spring to early summer event, whereas for the first three years it was a summer event.

¹The event has changed names over the years. For the first three years it was called Forest and Lake and Umbrella. In 2023, it is called Moominvalley and Umbrella. ²Metsa is made up of Metsa Village which is free and “Moominvalley park“, the Moomin theme park, which has an entry fee.

Moominvalley and Umbrella

Umbrella Sky Project Photogenic Instagood Saitama Hanno Metsa
From the 2019 event. You can read about our experience at the Umbrella Sky here

The ‘Moominvalley and Umbrella’ event will is on from Friday April 19th to Sunday July 7th in 2024. This year they are only using 1000 SDGs umbrellas (it was 2000 until 2022). The umbrellas, of various colors, are spread over the 200 meter “welcome cove” path, leading from the entrance to the Moominvalley area. The colors change depending on the position of the sun and the intensity of the light, creating different color spheres throughout the day.

Moominvalley and umbrella 2024

This year, once again the shops and restaurants in Moominvalley Park will also have umbrella decorations, as pictured above. In addition, there will be limited edition drinks. They normally have workshops on too, but currently there is no information for them. There is also currently no information for Hattifattener characters along the route or bubbles like they had last year.

Recommended related attraction in Metsa: Panza Funmock – an athletic playground in the sky! For both adults and children.

Information

Event: Moominvalley and Umbrella ムーミン谷とアンブレラ

Dates: Friday April 19th to Sunday July 7th 2024

Times: the detailed information is not yet available. In the past it was on until 8 pm and they lit the umbrellas at night. However, currently the park is closing at 6 pm (Metsa, the free bit, is open until 8 pm), so presumably there will be no light up in 2024. There wasn’t in 2023 either. They may have extended hours for Golden Week. Hopefully the information will be made available in the coming weeks. I can’t check as often as I would like, so please do use the official website, linked below, to check for the most recent information.

Cost: Metsa Village is free to enter, but you do have to pay into the Moomin Valley Park area. The price has gone up a lot in the last four years (more than tripled). It now costs 3,400 yen per adult and 2000 yen per child for tickets in advance. Tickets bought on the day cost 200 yen more each. Moreover, you also have to pay for parking. Parking charges were dropped on weekdays during the pandemic, but unfortunately since April 1st 2023 the parking charges have been reintroduced.

Umbrella Street Access

Metsa is only about 10 minutes by car from the Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Keno expressway. As per above, from April 1st 2023 you have to pay parking fees on weekdays. They 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. It costs 1500 yen per day on the weekend.

By public transport: a bus goes from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station. At one point there was also a bus from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. However, that has been ‘temporarily suspended’ for over a year now!

Official 2024 event page.

>>Check out the ORIGINAL Moomin Valley in Hanno here, which remains free and fun for people of all ages!<<

Editor’s note: this post was temporarily off the website during the pandemic. It was republished on April 6th with the 2023 information. Last update: April 9th 2024.

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  1. Very useful insights and information. Learned something new today by reading this. Thank you for sharing!🙂

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