Moominvalley Park Harvest 2021 in the Moomin theme park at Metsa, Hanno, Saitama. The featured image above is from the official Moomin Japan website.
Moominvalley Park Harvest 2021
Last year, 2020, was the inaugural Harvest event at Moominvalley park. I donned it the harvest balloon sky, as the berry displays are made from balloons. An image of Autumn fruits hanging will be created by the balloons casting colorful shadows on the footpath below. Last year the design was by textile designer Masaru Suzuki, using the design of marimekko, which was born in Finland. They haven’t released the finer details for 2021 yet. However, they have confirmed that limited menus and workshops will once again be available during the period of the Harvest 2021.
From Umbrella Sky to Balloon Sky!
The Umbrella sky at Metsa needs little introduction. Despite being only three years old it enjoys much fame and admiration. As the largest umbrella sky in Japan it attracts visitors from far and wide. So Metsa is looking to the skies again to bring people into the park.
In 2020 about 3,600 balloons were used to create a Harvest scene. However, in 2021 the press release suggests it will be a smaller display of 1200 balloons.
The dates of the event have only just been released. We are awaiting the finer details. But I can tell you that in 2020 there were three areas of balloons. They were “Harvest Gate,” “Berry Road,” and “Apple Forest” symbolizing the fruits of autumn in Northern Europe.
The Moominvalley Park Harvest Balloon Sky will start on Saturday September 4th and run until Sunday October 24th, a shorter period than the first ever Harvest event. Last year, during the period Metsa also hosted the Hanno Green Carnival for the first time ever. (For years it was at the Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest). It is not yet known if the Hanno Green Carnival will be on again this year. Moreover, which location it will be on if it does go ahead. Also, last year there was a very popular fireworks event on during the “Harvest” event. And they were actually scheduled for 2021, but subsequently the fireworks were cancelled on account of the Coronavirus.
In 2020, the day after Harvest finished was the anniversary of Metsa Village. Usually they have an anniversary event on that day with Santa Claus. However, due to the pandemic Santa couldn’t visit last year. The Metsa Christmas village usually starts on November 1st.
Awaiting details of the 2021 workshops and the limited edition menus.
Awaiting information for the 2021 Instagram Competition.
Information and Access
Hours: Both Moominvalley park and Moomin are open shorter hours since the Coronavirus outbreak curtailment measures were introduced in spring. It keeps changing depending on the situation with the pandemic. But generally, the latest it closes at the moment is 8 pm.
Cost: The event itself is “free”, but you do have to pay into the Moominvalley Park area. The price doubled in 2020. It now costs 2500 yen for adults on the day, 2300 for tickets bought in advance. Children costs are 1,500 yen on the day, 1,300 yen in advance. They now have a one day pass, which is 4200 yen on the day for adults, 4000 yen if bought in advance. For children it costs 2300 yen on the day and 2100 yen when bought online in advance. Please note there are times depending on the situation with Coronavirsu that you may need to book rides in advance too.
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 500 yen per hour on the weekends. However, there is a 1500 yen maximum charge on weekends. Also, if you spend more than 5000 yen at Metsa Village you can get your parking validated.
By car: about 10 minutes from the Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway.
By public transport: Buses go from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station or from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. On foot it takes about 35 minutes to the park. Please note, there have been changes to the buses availability at different periods during the pandemic. Please always check the official sources for the most up-to-date information.
Check out the free “Moomin Valley” nearby in the Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest.
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