Firefly Boat Cruise (奥薩摩のホタル舟)

Hokusatsu Area Tourism spot

Every May, a long stretch of the Sendai River in Miyanojo comes to life with thousands of tiny lights fluttering along the banks. The phenomenon is caused by the firefly: only one of a handful of living creatures in the world that can produce light.

Thanks to the warm, humid climate and the body of freshwater, fireflies thrive in Miyanjo, making it an ideal place to see them in action. Take the 40-minute boat cruise at sunset to see the glowing lights up close. It will be easy to imagine how these beautiful beetles use their lights to attract and secure a mate while you watch them dance at the river’s edge.

Basic Information

Address 895-2102 鹿児島県薩摩郡さつま町神子
Telephone Number 0996-53-1111(さつま町役場鶴田支所総務係)
Business Days/ Hours Event Days
Mid May - Early Jun

Event Days
[Time] 7:00pm
Fee Adults ¥1,600
Children ¥800
Directions 30 minutes from Izumi Station by car
Website Visit Japanese Website
  • 駐車場
  • トイレ
  • クレジットカード
  • WIFI
  • バリアフリー対応可
  • ベジタリアンメニュー相談可
  • ムスリムメニュー相談可
  • 祈祷所


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