Moominvalley Park Saitama Hanno

Moominvalley Park will reopen for business on Thursday June 4th. Moominvalley park is a Moomin themed park within a larger Nordic living themed park called Metsa. The village within Metsa is free to enter, but you pay into Moominvalley Park (information below). Attractions within the Moomin themed park that haveRead More →

Metsa Village closed during Coronavirus Saitama

Metsa Village reopens  – Metsa announced late on Thursday 21st of May that they will reopen part of Metsa Village, to residents of Saitama only, from 10 am Friday May 22nd. Saitama Prefecture is still under a state of emergency that runs until May 31st. Despite that Metsa is reopeningRead More →

Hanno Hina

Hanno Hina – Almost every city and town in Japan display hina dolls for the dolls festival leading up to girls day, March 3rd, annually. But some towns or cities celebrate the dolls festival in a bigger way. In Saitama the four cities best known for their dolls festival hinaRead More →

winter wonderland moominvalley park

Winter Wonderland Moominvalley Park –  Last year when Metsa Village was only newly opened it created a name for itself with its highly successful Digitized Lakeside and Forest in collaboration with TeamLab. Many were hoping the event would be back again this year, but at the moment it doesn’t seemRead More →

Metsa Christmas

Metsa Christmas 2019 I introduced the Metsa Village Christmas market and Christmas town in the event pages of In Saitama, but now for a personal account. I visited Metsa on the opening day of Christmas town 2019 on November 1st. First impressions were good as Christmas muzak, seasonal flags andRead More →

Hanno Festival and fireworks

The 49th annual Hanno Festival and fireworks in 2019. The Hanno festival is on Saturday November 2nd and Sunday November 3rd 2019. There are fireworks on the evening of the Saturday, November 2nd. Hanno Festival Day 1 – Saturday November 2nd The festival takes place around Hanno and Higashi HannoRead More →

Funmock Panza Miyazawako Metsa Hanno insaitama (5)

“Funmock; an athletic in the sky“ Panza is the name of the company, Miyazawako the name of the branch, Funmock is the name of the play area and Metsa Village (Hanno) is where it is located! Panza Project Adventure Japan Panza is part of a larger collaborative called Project AdventureRead More →

Hemulin's playground Moomin Valley Park Metsa

Hemulin’s Playground at Moomin Valley Park. Moomin Valley Park is one of the two key areas of Metsa, a Finnish theme park in Hanno, Saitama. Moomin Valley Park has an entry fee, but it is a reasonable at 1,500 yen per person. The other area of the resort is MetsaRead More →

The Moomin Valley Diorama at Kokemus Exhibition space Metsa Hanno Saitama Saitama with kids

I’ve been itching to share our adventures at Moomin Valley Park. Yesterday was a precursor with information about the Umbrella Sky Project. Today, a teaser with information about just one attraction – the Kokemus Exhibition Facility. Moomin Valley Park (in Metsa) Moomin Valley Park is the part you pay intoRead More →

Metsa Village umbrella sky Japan's largest umbrella art installation Things to do in Saitama

Metsa Village Umbrella Sky “Forest and Lake and Umbrella“ We visited the Forest and Lake and Umbrella Metsa Umbrella Sky Project in the summer of 2019. And we weren’t disappointed. Its coming back this year, 2020, even bigger and for longer than last year. (2020 Event Information here). Umbrella SkyRead More →