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【A park in Saitama】Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park: A park you can enjoy nature and the world of Moomin

Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park

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The natural surroundings of Saitama’s Hanno are extremely beautiful. There are huge forests and a lake there. There is Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park related to Moomin,a famous animation from Finland,in Hanno. Tove Jansson is Moomin’s author.This park is a great spot to spend time with family.


1 Why was Finnish writer Tove Jansson’s park built in Hanno ?

Hanno city planned to make a beautiful Moomin fairy tale theme park,where kids can play freely. In April,1992, Hanno city sent a letter to Tove Jansson to explain the plan. Tove and Hanno had kept in touch by letter.Later Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park was opened in July of 1997.

 Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park

People walking in beautiful forest


2 Facilities

2-1 The mushroom house

It’s a house that looks like a huge mushroom. You can enter into it and look around. The design of the house is very unique. There are some tiny rooms, so kids can play hide-and-seek in this house.

The mushroom house

The mushroom house and stairs

The stairs in the mushroom house

The tiny room in the mushroom house


2-2 The Forest House

Many books written by Tove Jansson are stored here and you can read many books freely.

The Forest House


2-3 The Children’s Theater

Various events are held at this children’s theater.

The Children's Theater

The Children's Theater


2-4 Cafe Puisto

It’s Northern European style cafe. The wall of the cafe is a brilliant blue, which is both cute and beautiful. You can have Northern European foods and drinks. You can eat foods in the park,so I recommend you to eat in the park while seeing the beautiful nature and playing with your kids.


Check the park’s website to get more information


3 Metasequoias

The trees of Metsequoias turns a brilliant orange in December. The scenery of the orange trees and buildings in this park are amazing,so many people come here to take pictures during this time.

People walking on the road of Metasequoias

Beautiful Metasequoias

Metasequoias and a building


4 Lit-up in Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park

The park is lit-up from sunset to 9:00 PM during weekends and holidays. The park turns to be a fantastic and romantic place. If you have a chance to visit this park on weekends, going there at night is great!


5 Access

5-1 Address

893-1 Azu, Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture 357-0046

5-2 How to go

By car

20 minutes drive from Sayama-Hidaka IC of Ken-o-do Highway
20 minutes drive from Oume IC of Ken-o-do Highway
50 minutes drive from Kawagoe IC of Kanetsu-do Highway

This park has free parking lots
※Many people come to this park by car,so sometimes the parking lots is full.


By Public Transportation

20 minutes on foots from Motokaji station, Seibu-Ikebukuro Line


6 Entrance Fee


7 Opening Hours

Opening hours



※When Monday is a holiday, the day after Monday will be a closed day.

8 Metsa Village

In 2018, Metsa Villiage was opened in Hanno. The amusement park is the world of Moomin and there are gift shops and restaurants related to Northern Europe. I recommend visiting!

The website of Metsa Village