Moominvalley Park Harvest 2023 in the Moomin theme park at Metsa, Hanno, Saitama. This year the theme is ‘apples’.
Moominvalley Park Harvest 2023
The Harvest event at Moominvalley Park was started during the pandemic, in the autumn of 2020. I donned it a balloon sky, as the Harvest displays are made from balloons. At that time, the famous umbrella sky was more a summer event (and it was free), so the balloon sky followed the umbrella sky! Now the umbrella sky is on earlier in the year (and is no longer free). The Umbrella sky at Metsa needs little introduction as the largest umbrella sky in Japan, attracting thousands of visitors each year. So the Finnish theme park looks to the skies again to bring people into the park in Autumn too.
In 2020 about 3,600 balloons were used to create a Harvest scene. In 2021 and 2022 it was a smaller display. An image of berries / apples hanging is created by the balloons casting colorful shadows on the footpath below. In 2020, the design was by textile designer Masaru Suzuki, using the design of marimekko, which was born in Finland. That level of information is not provided this year, but presumably it is modeled on previous year. Generally, the balloons also feature in one of the daily stage shows in Moominvalley Park.
During the period of the event there are limited edition “harvest” goods on sale. Also, they will have special themed workshops. You can pick up some limited addition apple flavored food and drinks at the park during the period of the Harvest event.
Event: Moominvalley Park Harvest ムーミンバレーパークハーベスト
Dates: from Saturday September 2nd to Sunday October 22nd 2023
Time: during the opening hours of the theme park, which is generally 10 am to 6 pm on weekends and until 5 pm on weekdays.
Cost: The event itself is “free”, but you do have to pay into the Moominvalley Park area. In 2023, it now costs 3600 yen for an adult and 2200 yen for children. If you purchase a ticket in advance it is 200 yen cheaper.
Venue: Moominvalley Park, 327-6 Miyazawa, Hanno, Saitama 357-0001. View on Google Maps.
Moominvalley Park is only about 10 minutes by car from the Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Keno expressway. Unfortunately since April 1st 2023 you now have to pay for parking on weekdays again (it was free during the pandemic). It costs 1000 yen on weekdays, but the first two hours are free. On the weekend the price has actually come down. In 2023, it costs 1500 yen for parking on a Saturday or Sunday, there are no free hours.
A bus goes to Metsa (within which Moominvalley park is located) 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!
There are usually fireworks on during the “Harvest” event. But they have not yet been confirmed for 2023.
Check out the free “Moomin Valley” nearby in the Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest.
The image with the Moomin characters is from the official Moomin Japan website.
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