The Hana Biyori Botanical Garden in Yomiuriland has been breeding fireflies since 2009 and is working on restoring their natural environment. This year you can see glowing Genji and Heike fireflies lighting up the stream in the park.
To celebrate the upcoming Tanabata (Star Festival), the park has set up a special area with projection mapping shows. You are part of a great Tanabata tradition by writing your wish on a piece of paper and attaching it to a bamboo tree. In addition, more than 300 blooming chandeliers and baskets adorn the park’s restaurant hall and make you feel like you are in a magical forest.
The firefly observation starts at 7.30 p.m. You can visit the park from 10 a.m. with a day pass (adults ¥ 1,200; 3-year-old children up to elementary school students 600). Or, Save money by entering the park with a night ticket from 4pm for only 900 (3 year olds up to primary school students around 500). Please note that if you want to attend the firefly tour, you must let the member of staff know (from 3:45 p.m.) and they will give you a numbered ticket.
If you plan this as a date, make it a dinner to remember by opting for the special grill and firefly watching schedule. Dinner costs 2,300,300 (elementary school students and younger ¥ 1,600) and is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7.30pm to 9pm. On-line reservation is required for the grill plan.