Hotaru no Yube (Evening Lit by Fireflies) | Japan Guide

Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato is a village-type recreation facility that offers a hands-on experience of nature amid the vast greenery of the surrounding mountains. The site was the model for the 1919 nursery rhyme Yuyake Koyake (Sunset).

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Between 18:00 and 21:00 from middle to late June, the grounds are open free of charge for an attraction dubbed Hotaru no Yube, where visitors can enjoy an evening lit by some 2,500 fireflies, including the Japanese firefly, along the clear stream of the Kitaasa-kawa River flowing through the site.

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The fireflies that rest in the shades of grass by day fly about at night, glowing and creating a romantic spectacle. The vision is symbolic of the season changing from spring to the onset of summer.
Apart from Hotaru no Yube, in June the site has many other offerings unique to the season, like rice-planting experiences and Hydrangea-viewing walks. Pay a visit to the verdant village and enjoy Japan’s nature in early summer.

Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato

Address :
2030 Kamiongatamachi
Hachioji-shi
Postal code:192-0156
Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato

Access:
By bus:From Keio Line / JR Line Takao Station (North Exit), Nishi Tokyo Bus for Jimba Kogen-shita to Yuyake Koyake (approx. 30 min.)

Charges:
Adults 200 yen / Junior high school students and under (up to 15 years old) 100 yen / Age 4 and under free * Group discounts available

Schedule:
2016.6.11 - 2016.6.26
Start/end time:18:00–21:00 (Admission free of charge during these hours)

phone: 042-652-3072

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