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Light Up This Rainy Season! 3 Enchanting Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

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Written by Kat

2022.06.06

Escape everyday life and experience the excitement and magic of an umbrella sky! We introduce three colorful, highly Instagrammable events taking place in Hanno, Karuizawa, and Chiba. All these umbrella sky events are easily accessible from Tokyo.

Umbrella Sky Events - What Are They?

Light Up This Rainy Season! 3 Enchanting Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Karuizawa Umbrella Sky 2022. Picture courtesy of Hoshino Resorts

The world's first Umbrella Sky Project was held in Águeda, Portugal in 2012, where colorful umbrellas were suspended over the city streets, transforming the everyday world into a colorful, magical place.

This whimsical installation captured the imaginations of people all over the world and was particularly popular among Japanese visitors to Portugal. Now, several venues in Japan host their own unique umbrella sky events.

We’d like to spotlight three of these events taking place close to Tokyo in 2022.

1. Moomin Valley and Umbrellas, Hanno (Saitama)

3 Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Picture courtesy of PR Times

Taking place in Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, this vast umbrella corridor is currently Japan's largest umbrella sky installation, utilizing 1,200 umbrellas. The concept behind this year’s event is to “fly anywhere, on the balloon of your imagination.”

The ongoing pandemic has limited our ability to travel, but the organizers of this event want to inspire visitors to surpass these limitations using the power of their imaginations.

Light Up This Rainy Season With A Pop Of Color! 3 Enchanting Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Picture courtesy of PR Times

Fans of Tove Jansson's Moomin characters and series will particularly love this installation, and it is inspired by the beautifully illustrated book "Den Farliga Resan" ("The Dangerous Journey"). The event draws particular inspiration from the book’s final pages, where the heroine Susanna escapes a seemingly dangerous world and travels by hot air balloon into the peaceful Moomin Valley.

For eco-conscious visitors who would like to see the installation, there's no need to fret! Once the event is over, all the umbrellas used will be upcycled and given a new lease of life!

Moomin Valley and Umbrellas
Venue: Moomin Valley Park
Address: Saitama, Hanno, Miyazawa
Schedule: April 27 - July 3, 2022
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (weekdays), 10:00 - 18:00 (weekends and holidays)
Website: https://metsa-hanno.com/en/lp/umbrella2021.html

2. Karuizawa Umbrella Sky, Karuizawa (Nagano)

Light Up This Rainy Season! 3 Enchanting Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Picture courtesy of Hoshino Resorts

The rainy season can feel a little depressing at times! The creators of this event at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa's HARUNIRE Terrace want to dispel low feelings and bring joy to visitors via color. This particular umbrella sky installation is a fun combination of colorful umbrellas and rainbow bubbles!

Bubbles are released for a few minutes every day during the event, at 10:00 and again at 16:00.

Light Up This Rainy Season! 3 Enchanting Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Picture courtesy of Hoshino Resorts

The event has many other special features; the area is lit up at night, and the walkway features art which only appears when it rains - including leaves and various forest creatures. There is also an umbrella making workshop on Sundays for kids and their families.

For those with a sweet tooth, the event will also give visitors the opportunity to try several unique drinks and desserts, including a limited edition rainbow lemonade drink inspired by the installation.

Light Up This Rainy Season! 3 Enchanting Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Picture courtesy of Hoshino Resorts

This cute, Instagrammable concoction is like a miniature recreation of the umbrella sky itself; rainbow-colored jelly pieces float inside a sweet and sour lemonade mix, with a dash of soft-serve ice cream on top, representing clouds floating in the sky.

The drink, along with a range of other beverages and desserts, is available at Cafe Hungry Spot, at a cost of 820 yen.

Karuizawa Umbrella Sky
Venue: HARUNIRE Terrace
Address: Nagano, Kitasaku, Karuizawa, Hoshino
Schedule: June 4 - July 11, 2022
Hours: 8:00 - 22:00 (illumination 18:00 - 22:00)
Website: https://www.hoshino-area.jp/archives/13376 (Japanese)

3. Umbrella Forest, Chiba Park (Chiba)

3 Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Picture courtesy of PR Times

The final umbrella sky event on our list is held at Tsubakimori Komuna, a trendy outdoor community and cafe space in Chiba Park, which also features a treehouse! This rainy season the venue will be transformed into an enchanting Umbrella Forest. This event is held in collaboration with Wpc.™, an Osaka-based company specializing in rainwear and waterproof items.

The colorful, translucent umbrellas in this installation change depending on how the light hits them, so the experience will feel unique depending on the weather and lighting on that particular day. The umbrellas also cast stunning aurora-like shadows on the ground, bringing yet more color to the venue!

3 Umbrella Sky Events Near Tokyo

Picture courtesy of PR Times

The Umbrella Forest consists of three installations and is a part of a larger outdoor night event, YohaS 2022 - Blooming NIGHTS. This event will also feature live music and dance performances, an interactive digital art installation, a light art installation, and food trucks serving various foods and beverages.

Umbrella Forest
Venue: Chiba Park
Address: Chiba, Chiba City, Chuo ward, Tsubakimori
Schedule: June 1 - July 31, 2022
Hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (Monday - Saturday), 7:00 - 18:00 (Sunday)
Website: https://www.tsubakimorikomuna.com (Japanese)

Relish the Rain From Under an Umbrella Sky

Why not brighten up this rainy season and escape everyday life for a little while by visiting one of these breathtaking installations? These days we don't need to travel all the way to Águeda to see one of these fun events, and for those in Tokyo, there are several right on your doorstep!

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.