Moomin Theme Park Launches Illuminated Winter Forest Event in Saitama


The Yomiuri Shimbun
Visitors walk through Moominvalley Park in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture on a special evening on October 21.

HANNO, Saitama — Visitors can stroll through an illuminated forest at Moominvalley Park, a theme park in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, on a special evening that runs until Jan. 9, 2023.

“Moominvalley’s Night Walk”, an event that takes place exclusively in winter, allows guests to stroll along a 1.8 kilometer route around Lake Miyazawa.

The minimal use of lighting throughout the forest allows people to appreciate the darkness and silence of the night.

Visitors can listen to an original story based on “Finn Family Moomintroll”, a novel by Finnish-born Tove Jansson, by downloading a smartphone app and using their headphones.

There are also plenty of photo opportunities, such as the silhouettes of characters from the books projected along the route.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, but is closed every Wednesday until November 16, as well as December 31 and January 1.


The Yomiuri Shimbun
Visitors walk through Moominvalley Park in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture on a special evening on October 21.

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