Hotaruika Museum

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The Hotaruika Museum, famously known for their firefly squids is located in Namerikawa city, Toyama prefecture. This museum is surrounded by beautiful nature. The museum provides visitors with a special and interactive experience with the firefly squids by allowing you to touch them and see their light emitting abilities. These firefly squids put on a luminous lights show during the springtime. There are also several displays of the firefly squids and other deep sea creatures in the exhibition hall and museum gallery. There is also a live theater that teaches visitors more about the squid’s evolution and other deep sea wonders. Beyond the museum’s main attractions there is also more to explore with a glass-walled market hall and restaurant zone to add to the experience. These parts of the building overlook the Tateyama Mountain Peaks. Beyond this, there is a Museum Zone with fantastic lights portraying the mysterious sea.

2.0 Hours
Telephone Number
Postal code
410, Nakagawara, Namerikawa City
Method of payment
Recommended season
April, May
Business Hours
Monday・Wednesday・Thursday・Friday・Saturday・Sunday : 09:00~17:00

Regular Holiday
Admisson Fee
JPY800 / Adult

Age 3-15: JPY 600
For specific fees and admission prices, please check the official website.

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4 out of 5 stars

There was a small pool with firefly squids inside. I could touch them. He emitted blue light when I held him with my hand. Interaction with them was relaxing. They are so lovely, and I am sorry, they are delicious at the restaurant on the second floor of the museum complex. Please be noted that live firefly squid is available only in catching season, usually from late March through late May. Please check with the official website for availability. In the museum, there was a short movie which explains firefly squid with English subtitle.


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