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Firefly Squid Boat Tour

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In spring, boat tours depart the Namerikawa port before dawn to watch local fisherman catch the beautiful "Hotaruika" (firefly squid) 1-2 km off the coast in Toyama bay.
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Boat Tour

Secondary Category (If any)

Night Bioluminescence Area (Insect Attraction)

Activity/Tour Opening Hours

Spring: Late-March to Early-May (Differs every year)
Starts at 2:30 AM

Activity/Tour Price

5,000 Yen per adult

Activity/Tour Sign-Up Point(s)

Book from Hotaruika Museum website starting from mid-January (or call +818034729305)

Tour/Trip Itinerary

2:30 AM: Meet at Hotaruika Museum Souvenir Shop Reception Desk
2:50 AM: Embark boat
3:00 AM: Depart from Port to firefly squid fishing zone in Toyama Bay
4:30 AM: Return to Port
(Timing subject to change)

Tour Duration

2 hours

Best Time to Visit

April: Peak Firefly Squid Period & Big Tour Boat Capacity

Day Trip from Major Cities

30 min drive from Toyama
1.5 hour drive from Kanazawa
2 hour drive from Takayama
2.5 hour drive from Nagano
3 hour drive from Niigata

Booking Recommendation

1 - 3 Months Before, >3 Months Before

Hotaruika Museum, 410 Nakagawara, Namerikawa, Toyama 936-0021, Japan

Special Info & Comments

- Availability is limited, book as early as possible to secure your spot(s) on the tour
- Tour may be canceled due to bad weather
- During the tour, you may not be able to see any light emission from the firefly squid due to a poor catch or other reasons