Moomin Theme Park Opens at Lakeside in Eastern Japan

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Hanno, Saitama Pref., March 16 (Jiji Press)--Moominvalley Park, a theme park featuring Finnish fairytale Moomin, opened near Lake Miyazawa in the city of Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Saturday.

Moomin Monogatari, the operator of the theme park, hopes that the facility will attract one million visitors annually.

The lakeside was selected as the venue of the theme park, as the location is rich in nature and its atmosphere resembles that in Northern Europe, the setting of the Moomin stories.

The park has four areas, including Moominvalley. The iconic Moominhouse has also been built, allowing visitors to see the rooms inside.

"It will probably turn out to be the last theme park opened in Japan during the country's Heisei era," Moomin Monogatari President Motoki Watanabe said.

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