Ashimori Hotaru (Firefly) Viewing

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Okayama City
May, June

Ashimori is a district located in northwest Okayama City and is highly regarded for its historic townscape of Edo era merchant homes that line the center of the old town. During feudal times the region was controlled by the lords of the Kinoshita family, who left behind a wonderful cultural legacy, including the Omizu-en Garden.

Ashimori’s nature is as stunning as its townscape and one example of this is the Hotaru no Sato firefly viewing area. The Ashimori River is home to the several species of firefly which are best viewed from the end of May to the beginning of June.

About the Area

Ashimori is located in the northwest section of Okayama City on the border with Soja City and is notable for its Edo era townscape which includes several former samurai residences. A major melon producer, a festival in celebration of this locally loved fruit is held annually.The tree-lined Ashimori River weaves through the town creating a storybook atmosphere.

Soja City borders Okayama City to the west and is the sensible next step on a tour of the area.The city is full of historic sites and has a close cultural connection to Ashimori.

Not far from Okayama City’s western border is Kinojo Castle in Soja City. If you take the Momotaro Line from Ashimori Station to Hattori Station, you can then hike to the castle in under two hours.

After returning to Hattori Station, you can continue on to either Higashi Soja Station or Soja Station, depending on the sights that you want to see. Higashi Soja Station might be the best choice because it is near the popular Industry Cafe, Soja Shrine and the old shopping street.

Access:  Take the Momotaro Line (formerly called the Kibi Line) from JR Okayama Station to JR Bitchu-Takamatsu Station. Take the bus from JR Bitchu-Takamatsu Station to the last stop (Oi). It is about a 25 minute walk from Oi bus stop to Ashimori Hotaru no Sato.

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