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Moominvalley park winter festival 2021 – 2022 ~ Information for the annual winter event at Moominvalley Park in Metsa, Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture.

Winter festival

Moominvalley park reopened for business today, Friday December 10th, after a short temporary closure for renovations. The winter festival started today with the reopening. The 2021 / 2022 winter event at Moominvalley park is called “Winter Festival“. It will run until Sunday February 27th 2022.

The name is different to the last two years, but some of the elements seem very similar. However, it is very different to the hugely successful winter event they had in the opening year of Metsa in 2018. Metsa is the name of the larger park of which Moominvalley park is part of. Metsa Village opened in November 2018, but Moominvalley park didn’t open until spring 2019. In 2018, the winter event at Metsa was a collaboration with Teamlab. To this day, I get traffic to my blog post looking for that event. But I regret to inform you, that since that first year they have not had and will not have the “Digitized Lakeside and Forest” Teamlab event. Possibly, because Saitama Prefecture now has a permanent outdoor Teamlab exhibit in nearby Tokorozawa.

The last two years the winter event “Winter Wonderland” at Moominvalley park has not been quite as prolific, but it was popular enough. The winter events combines art and technology to give new life to the Moomin stories. They call it a “sound walk”, where you listen to the stories while you walk around the park. It is a night event and takes about 40 minutes. They use light and projection mapping to bring the stories to life. And this year they have added some extra AR to the event. You need to have a smart phone and download an app to enjoy the experience.

Moreover, they have a new element “busking street“. Designed on the busking tradition of European countries, there will be sporadic live music performances in the theme park. In addition, they have several dinners with music performances scheduled. At the same time, Metsa – the free part of the larger park – has a Christmas market and illumination. Normally, Santa Claus visits too, but due to the pandemic he probably won’t be able to in 2021. You will find places you can visit Santa Claus around the Kanto plain under the tag (here) “Christmas in Japan 2021“.

If you are looking for a Teamlab event with illumination, they now have a permanent outdoor exhibition in Tokorozawa Sakura Town (click here).

Cost

This year there is no extra cost for the winter festival event. Entry into Metsa is free, but you have to pay into Moominvalley park, where the winter festival is on. The prices have gone up yet again, the second time this year. If you pay at the door, it costs 3200 yen per adult and 1800 yen per child over four years old. If you purchase a ticket in advance it costs 3000 yen for an adult and 2000 yen for children over four years old.

Attractions in Moominvalley Park detailed on this blog:

Access

Moominvalley park is about 10 minutes in the car to / from Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. Parking is now free on weekdays and capped to a maximum of 1800 yen on weekends.

By train you can access Metsa Village from either Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station or from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. Unfortunately, both are quite a walk to the resort, taking at least 35 minutes on foot. However, there are now buses that go to the resort from the North exit of Seibu line Hanno Station. It takes about 13 minutes and costs 200 yen. There is a bus that goes from Higashi Hanno station, but please note the route has been temporarily suspended in the past. It also takes about 13 minutes and costs 200 yen.

Official website

For more winter and illumination events in Saitama, please see the main events category.

Images from the official event webpage in 2019.

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