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 eventsRead More →

firefly festival kumagaya fireflies saitama

Konan Firefly Festival ~ annually in early June The 11th annual Kounan Firefly festival Kumagaya will take place on Saturday June 1st on the grounds Kumagaya Culture Hall Pipia. If there is heavy rain, the event will be postponed until the 2nd. You can check for updates on the officialRead More →

Great purple emperor butterfly the national butterfly of japan

It’s amazing what you learn when you spend your days out and about exploring your adopted second home. Who knew that the Great Purple Emperor “Oomurazaki” Butterfly is the national butterfly of Japan? I didn’t and wouldn’t have, had it not been for our serendipitous visit to the free butterflyRead More →

Enjoy the rare and ephermal chance to see fireflies at Chikozan park in Saitama. The Chikozan Park zoo will open especially on the nights of the 16th and 17th to give people the opportunity to see this annual phenomenon. The zoo will be open from 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm.Read More →

Fireflies in their natural habitat blue apple with permission

Did you know that you can see fireflies in Saitama all year round? The Tobu Zoo is home to the first and only firefly house in the world. And while it is fascinating to see fireflies anywhere or anytime, there is nothing quite like seeing them in the wild inRead More →

The viewing of fireflies at Kinchakuda is one of the earliest firefly (hotaru in Japanese) events in Saitama that I know of. You can see them as early as the end of May, although its usually early June. With the weather the way it has been, this is one ofRead More →