Firefly Viewing in Shimane Prefecture

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Shimane Prefecture

Firefly viewing is all about coming together with members of the community to enjoy being out in nature. For many, it is one of the few chances during the year where it is possible to slow down and simply appreciate where you live.

Firefly viewing season is from June to July at rivers and streams throughout Shimane Prefecture.  At this time there firefly festivals at a number of cities and towns with shuttle bus services provided in some cases.

Some Festivals around Shimane

Yoshida Firefly Festival (Yasugi City)

When: Beginning of June

Where: Near Yoshida Kouryu Center (Shuttle bus to Sagiyu Onsen)

Akagawa Firefly (Hotaru) Sightseeing Bus

When: Beginning of June

Where: Bus leaves from Izumo Daito Station for the Akagawa area

Hotaru Café (Oda City)

When: End of June

Where: Sanbe Azukihara Maibou Rin Park

Ohnan Town Hasumi Mura Firefly Festival (Ohnan Town)

When: Beginning of June

Where: Ohnan Town Kuchiba area

Haza Firefly Festival (Hamada City)

When: End of June

Where: In front of the Haza Onsen Building in Haza, Hamada City

Nijyou Firefly Festival (Masuda City)

When: Beginning of June

Where: Hotaru Kaikan Plaza

About the Area

Shimane Prefecture can be understood best by making a distinction between its eastern and western halves. The east is made up of the cities and towns near and around Lake Shinji and Lake Nakaumi.

The major municipalities include the cities of Yasugi, Matsue and Izumo. An area of exception that should also be in this category is the Oki Island Archipelago, which is 75-85 kilometers off the coast. The eastern region of Shimane has the largest population and is home to the prefectural capital, Matsue City.

Western Shimane Prefecture or more precisely the southwest, includes the cities of Masuda and Hamada as well as the Tsuwano Town on the border with Yamaguchi Prefecture. The western half of Shimane is characterized by its natural beauty from the hinterland to the coast.

The cultural bond that unites the entire prefecture can be found in the shared reverence for the history, myths and legends of the land. One example is the Kagura dance for the gods that is performed throughout Shimane in several variations.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

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