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Information on Hotaru-matsuri (Firefly Festival)

蛍祭067.jpgFrom 9th to 16th June, you can enjoy the fantastic sight that numbers of fireflies are flying around beautifully with blinking lights.

The fireflies are the ones which are going to be released at the Ritual of Firefly Release on 8th June as well as which grew up at Yanagihara sacred pond. This ritual and festival are held to recognize the preciousness of life and the seasons’ passing, and to thank our kami for giving us life and daily sustenance.


The pond and stream area will be open to the public for free during the period below.

Date: 9th (sun)-16th (sun) of June

Place: Yanagihara sacred pond (in front of Wakamiya Shrine)

Time: after sunset till 8:30 pm

* Please DO NOT use flash light when you take pictures. Fireflies are very sensitive, so they won’t lighten.

* Depending on the weather, the number of visible fireflies’ light will be varied.

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