Every spring, Kumejima’s evenings come alive with the bright green glow of native Fireflies (hotaru). Just north of the Gushikawa neighborhood is a Museum and Pavilion dedicated to observing some of Kumejima’s wildlife. The Kumejima Firefly Pavilion opened in May 2000.
During the day, you can see many live specimens of Kumejma’s insects and animals inside the two-level pavilion. Outside, you can stroll along a tranquil path along a small creek. During the spring months, the fireflies take to the night skies for impressive starlight demonstrations of greenish light.
Firefly season runs from late April through May, coinciding with the Golden Week Holidays in Japan. The start of the season is marked by the annual Kumejima Firefly Festival, which will take place on April 27, 2013.
- Open: 9:30-16:30 closed Tuesdays
- Entry Fee: 100yen for high school and above, 50yen elementary and junior high
- Telephone: 098-896-7100 (jp)
Kumejima Fireflies are unique to the island, though there are other species as well. Kumejima Fireflies have a distinct yellow collar, as opposed to the red collar and slightly different shape of the Genji Hotaru.