Time Out says
Need a break from Tokyo’s concrete jungle, head up to Saitama to visit the Nordic-themed Metsä Village. The free-entry village aims to give visitors a taste of the ‘cozy and relaxing’ Nordic lifestyle right here in Japan. The setting is definitely on point, with the village surrounded by lush forests on one side and the shores of Lake Miyazawa on the other.
Inside, the Nordic experiences include workshops, cafés and restaurants, canoeing on the lake (maybe save this one for spring?) and endless shopping: the marketplace boasts over 100 popular Scandinavian brands, including Marimekko, Iitala, Sopiva and Royal Copenhagen (sorry, no IKEA).
But the biggest draw might be that, until March 3rd, Metsä Village is playing host to teamLab's latest installation, 'Digitized Lakeside and Forest', an enormous installation that will cover the lake shores with oversized lights that you can interact with. Nordic countries are said to be some of the happiest on earth and Metsä village is doing what they can to bring a smile out east.
Come March 16, Moomin Valley Park will open on Metsa grounds, where you can meet the Moomin family and their friends, enjoy live shows and visit attractions that are based on the original books.
Lake Miyazawa, Hanno-shi
|Transport:||Komagawa Station (Hachiko, Kawagoe lines), then taxi (transportation links likely to be established closer to opening date)|