Good day, mates!
If you are planning to visit Japan in summer, why don’t you see fireflies, which is regarded a summer feature of Japanese summer!
Here I’m gonna provide you 5 recommended places to see them where are not so far from Tokyo.
- 1 ① Teraie-Furusatomura (寺家ふるさと村) : Kanagawa Prefecture
- 2 ② Shirahama Flower Park (白浜フラワーパーク)：Chiba prefecture
- 3 ③ Yomiuri Land (よみうりランド)：Tokyo prefecture
- 4 ④Kanayama Ryokuchi Park（金山緑地公園）： Tokyo prefecture
- 5 ⑤ HotelChinzan-sou Tokyo（ホテル椿山荘東京）：Tokyo prefecture
- 6 ⑥ Itsukushima Shissei Park (厳島湿生公園)：Kanagawa Prefecture
- 7 ⑦ Chichibu Muse Park （秩父ミューズパーク）：Saitama prefecture
① Teraie-Furusatomura (寺家ふるさと村) : Kanagawa Prefecture
Refer to the site : https://www.flickr.com/photos/rojiuracafe/14338470642
It’s located in a residential area of Yokohama city, surrounded by rice fields. Surprisingly, there you can see fireflies earlier than other spots where they can be seen.
The nearest station is Aoba-dai, Tokyu Denentoshi Line. From the station, you can take by bus which is bound for “鴨志田団地”.
② Shirahama Flower Park (白浜フラワーパーク)：Chiba prefecture
Shirahama Flower Park is on the tip of the Boso Peninsula. The place is unique, because you can see two types of fireflies : in the sky and in the sea!
It seems too difficult to visit because the site is a bit far from Tokyo, but suttle buses which directly goes to and return to Tokyo station run twice a day.
③ Yomiuri Land (よみうりランド)：Tokyo prefecture
Refer to the site : http://www.yomiuriland.com/event/2016hotaru.html
There, several different types of fireflies are raised. From Shinjuku Station in Keio Line or Odakyu Line, it takes 30-40 minutes.
Please pay attention to pick up a numbered ticket, because during their season is very crowded and you absolutely need one to enter the site.
④Kanayama Ryokuchi Park（金山緑地公園）： Tokyo prefecture
Refer to the site : https://retrip.jp/items/22211334/
The park is very popular for a barbeque site, and through an year many people visit there. Fireflies are fed, and this is one of the best spot to enjoy seeing them during summer season.
⑤ HotelChinzan-sou Tokyo（ホテル椿山荘東京）：Tokyo prefecture
Refer to the site : https://retrip.jp/articles/6230/?page=2
It’s just the center of Tokyo, and very easy to access. There, you can see fireflies, at the garden of the hotel.
It’s also worth paying money to have dinner buffet.
For more information, refer to this site.
⑥ Itsukushima Shissei Park (厳島湿生公園)：Kanagawa Prefecture
Refer to the site : https://www.town.nakai.kanagawa.jp/forms/info/info.aspx?info_id=3822
This is a marshy area with crystal stream which is very rare in Kanto area. You can enjoy seeing fireflies from May to July, longer than any other places. Other than fireflies, you’ll see rare small rare animals living around there.
From Tokyo station, it takes about half an hour. At Ninomiya Station in JR Toukaidou Line, you can go the park by bus.
⑦ Chichibu Muse Park （秩父ミューズパーク）：Saitama prefecture
Refer to the site: http://www.muse-park.com/?event=%e5%b9%b3%e6%88%9027%e5%b9%b4%e3%80%80%e3%83%9b%e3%82%bf%e3%83%ab%e9%91%91%e8%b3%9e%e6%83%85%e5%a0%b1
During the summer season, the park places a special place for seeing fireflies. It’s where they have lived for a long time without human’s help. It seems a bit far from Tokyo, however, you can go there without transferring trains in Seibu Line. From the nearest station Seibu-Chichibu station, shuttle buses run every day.
How was it?
I hope it became a good tip for you to enjoy Japanese summer!