Tottori’s Ethereal Illumination
The town of Nichinan is a scenic mountainous region in Tottori Prefecture, and an area known as Fukumaki Firefly Country (Fukumaki Hotaru-no-Kuni) is famous for its summer attraction. As the night falls, the forest surrounding the river is illuminated by thousands of glowing fireflies!
This ethereal scenery is one of Japan’s most magical destinations where some 20,000 wild fireflies dance and flicker like the stars of the universe. Fukumaki is a rare firefly viewing site in Japan where you can see two species of fireflies, the Genji-botaru on the river, and the Hime-botaru on the mountainside, simultaneously on a large scale. There is a 1.5 km-long trail with five viewing sites where you can observe the fireflies as they flit around.
The firefly season usually begins from the end of June, starting with the presence of Genji-botaru, followed by the Hime-botaru up till mid-July. The best time to see the fireflies is from 8pm to 9pm.
Fukumaki Firefly Country
Address: Fukumaki, Nichinan-cho, Hino-gun, Tottori