Image from the Yokoze tourism site

Unfortunately, for the third year in a row, the Terasaka Rice Terraces will not have their firefly viewing and candle night event in 2022. It was cancelled between 2020 and 2022 due to the pandemic. Hopefully next year I can write “For the first time in four years…”!

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. In 2020, the firefly viewing event was scheduled for July 4th, but inevitably was cancelled. They also cancelled it in 2021 and 2022 too.

The 2023 date has not yet been released as I write this in 2022, I will update next May or June (2023) at the latest. When the event is on, 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.

Featured Image from the official Yokoze Town website.

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.

Before the pandemic, the town regularly posted photos of the terraced fields on the town’s site: Yokoze Town’s official website. Hopefully they will resume this in 2023.

Access Terasaka Rice terraces firefly event

Address: 1846 Yokoze, Chichibu District, Saitama 368-0072.

You can 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


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