Moomin-themed amusement park to open on March 16
Japan Today -- Mar 06
An amusement park themed on the world of Finland's Moomin fairytale characters will open on March 16 in Saitama Prefecture, its operator said Tuesday.

The 7.3-hectare Moominvalley Park -- the first Moomin-themed amusement park in Japan -- is located within Metsa Village, a Nordic-centric attraction in the city of Hanno, according to the operator Moomin Monogatari Ltd.

Visitors will be able to watch shows that feature the characters from the stories and visit an exhibition that provides insight into the series' creator, Tove Jansson.

Tickets cost 1,500 yen for junior high school students or older people and 1,000 yen for children 4 years old to elementary school age.

本国以外では世界で初めて「ムーミン」のテーマパークが埼玉に登場します。 埼玉県飯能市の森の中に16日にオープンする「ムーミンバレーパーク」は、フィンランドにある「ムーミン屋敷」などが再現されています。 飯能市地方創生推進室・関根浩司室長:「(飯能市は)76%が森林。
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