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Firefly viewing at Terasaka Rice Terraces | CHICHIBU

July 4, 2020 @ 17:00 21:00

Image from the Yokoze tourism site

Terasaka Rice Terraces, Chichibu District, Saitama.

The beautiful Terasaka Rice Terraces has two large events each year. The firefly viewing event in summer and the cluster amaryllis (red spider lily) festival in September. The firefly viewing is usually in early July, which is later than most other firefly viewing events in Chichibu. 

This year, 2020, the firefly viewing event was scheduled for July 4th. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak the event has been cancelled.  

Terasaka rice terraces

The terraces are open to the public by kind permission of their owner for this special event. The Terasaka Rice Terraces are a beautiful place to observe fireflies as the accentuate the atmosphere with live music and 600 candles on the terraces.

**Images from the official Yokoze Town website (click here to be redirected) **

Terasaka Rice Terraces

Boasting an area of approx. 52,000 square meters, this
is one of the largest rice terrace in Saitama Prefecture.
It not only makes for beautiful scenery, it also serves as
a stock of water. In the fall it is also worth seeing the
blooming of 1.5 million Lycoris radiata bulbs planted
on the footpaths between the rice fields. Source JNTO.

The town regularly post photos of the terraced fields on the town’s site: Yokoze Town’s official website. However, this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak they are not. 

Access Terasaka Rice terraces firefly event

Walk or take a bus from Seibu Chichibu line’s Yokoze Station. It takes about 15 minutes on foot. There is also a free shuttle bus from Yokoze station every 30 minutes starting from 5 pm.

If you are coming by car there is official parking available near the rice terraces for 20 cars. If it is full you can also park at Water park Shirayama ウォーターパークシラヤマ. The town strongly requests that you do not park on the side of the road by the terraces.

Other Locations in Chichibu where you can see fireflies:

  • Shimoyoshida – in their natural habitat. Featured article on Saitama With Kids:


Fireflies in their natural habitat | CHICHIBU

  • Chichibu Muse Park
  • Terasaka Rice TerracesOthers not outlined below:
    • Hana Hasu Garden
    • Yamada
    • Seki
    • Ogawa – near to Kakkaku dam in Kamiyoshida
    • Kamimachi – 11 minute walk from Seibu Chichibu station

You will find even more firefly locations and information on the main events calendar.


July 4
17:00 – 21:00
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Terasaka Rice Terraces

Yokoze, 寺坂 棚田
Chichibu-gun, Yokoze-machi,, Saitama-ken, 〒368-0072
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