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Witness an incredible natural phenomenon at Takeno Beach, Hyogo

Bioluminescence at night on the shores of Takeno, Hyogo Prefecture

Partners Information: The peaceful seaside town of Takeno in Hyogo Prefecture is an easy 10-minute train ride from Kinosaki Onsen. Considered one of 100 best beaches in Japan, this hidden gem along the northern coast of Hyogo Prefecture is home to a unique bioluminescent plankton that glows during certain times of the year. 

Scientifically referred to as Noctiluca scintillans, the red form of this plankton is found in seas around the world, including the Sea of Japan. During the day, they appear as a ‘red tide’, while at night they produce a striking blue glow, like an underwater aurora.

This incredible natural phenomenon can sometimes be seen in Takeno in May, when the water starts to warm up, and the wind blows towards the shore during the day, and towards the sea at night. The plankton produces luminous flashes when the water is disturbed such as when waves break near the shoreline. 

Lookout over Takeno beach and the town in Hyogo Prefecture

In addition to this special phenomenon, the town offers many opportunities to explore its beautiful natural surrounds. Hike scenic coastal tracks, kayak in clear turquoise waters in summer or cycle around town on a rental bike. Or, take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the relaxing ambience of the town and its traditional buildings. 

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