太閤園

太閤園

“Tales of Fireflies,” a popular annual event to mark the coming of summer will be held at Taikoen from May 18 (Friday) through June 24 (Sunday), 2018. Visitors can enjoy viewing fireflies by the stream that runs through the grounds of Taikoen (from sunset to 10:00 pm). Other events to give visitors a relaxing summer experience include Japanese street festival corner and a gospel concert in the chapel. During the event, visitors can enjoy the tastes of early summer at the Taikoen restaurant, where fine cuisine and a dinner buffet is available. After eating, visitors are welcome to relax in the gardens as they watch the beautiful pale light of the fireflies.

Cumulative temperature
up the present As of 05 22 ,2018

655.5℃

It is said that the firefly larvae leave the water and crawl up onto the land around the time the cherry blossom petals are falling from the trees and start to fly when the total of the average daily temperatures during the month after they have arrived on the land reaches 500℃, a process that is monitored every year by Taikoen.

The Japanese street festival corner has been set up so that visitors can enjoy nostalgia for the old days that will bring back memories of summer with games such as "smart ball"(Japanese pinball game) and shooting galleries. The booth can be enjoyed by both children and adults who want to revisit memories of their childhood.(19:00-22:00)

A one-day-only concert will be held by the "Voice of Peace" gospel group at the "Vent Vert" garden chapel in Taikoen.(Scheduled for 17:00-18:00 / 20:45-21:45 (twice a day) /Admission free)

Fireflies can be viewed by the stream that flows through Taikoen.(from sunset to 22:00) Based on undertakings such as environmental studies, we have endeavored to create a firefly-friendly habitat in the gardens. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery interwoven width the light of life that has been nurtured through steady, constant efforts such as adjusting the water temperature to extend the water intake time during the summer when firefly larvae return to the stream, and removing harmful insects from the streambed.


*Depending on the weather, it may not be possible to view the fireflies.
Your kind understanding is appreciated.
*The photograhs are for illustation purposes only.

Menu Japanese and Western buffet dishes with all-you-can-drink.
(Beer, wine, shochu, soft drinks)
Time Receptionist/ 18:00
Meal/ 18:30~20:30
Price
Adult(Mon. - Thu.)
Adult(Fri. - Sun.)
Elementary school student
More than 3-years-old
8,000yen
9,500yen
2,500yen
1,000yen
Menu
Japanese and Western buffet dishes with all-you-can-drink.
(Beer, wine, shochu, soft drinks)
Time
Receptionist/ 18:00
Meal/ 18:30~20:30
Price
Adult(Mon. - Thu.)
Adult(Fri. - Sun.)
Elementary school student
More than 3-years-old
8,000yen
9,500yen
2,500yen
1,000yen

Frequently-asked questions about the early summer event "Tales of Fireflies"

【Q.1】When can fireflies be seen?
Fireflies can be seen around the stream of the gardens from around the middle of May to the middle of June. Please keep in mind that, because they are natural living creatures, their numbers vary depending on factors such as the temperature and weather.
【Q.3】 Is admission free?
Admission is free from Monday through Thursday. On weekends, (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), the gardens are open only to visitors using Taikoen. (Customers are given tickets for admission to the gardens when they pay their bills.)
【Q.5】 Is there a parking lot?
A parking lot is available for the exclusive use of visitors using Taikoen. A nearby coin-operated parking lot is available for use when the Taikoen parking lot is full. (Customers pay the coin-operated parking charges themselves.)
【Q.7】What kind of attractions are set up in the Temple Festival Corner? Is it possible to go only to the Temple Festival Corner?
The Temple Festival Corner offers attractions such as a shooting range, smart ball and lotteries. The corner is open from 19:00 to 22:00 and is open to everyone for 300 yen per visit.
【Q.9】Can visitors take photographs?
Visitors may take photographs, but are asked not to use strobes or tripods.
【Q.2】 From what time can fireflies be seen?
The best time is from sunset to about 8:00 pm. The gardens close at 10:00 pm.
【Q.4】 What is a "ticket for admission to the gardens?"
Visitors can use this ticket to enter the gardens (firefly habitat) from 19:00 on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Tickets are valid only on the day of issue and are not to be sold on or transferred. Tickets are issued only to customers using Taikoen. One person requires one ticket.
【Q.6】 What if the weather is bad?
While fireflies take shelter in depths of the greenery during heavy rain or strong winds, they can still be seen during light rain showers.
【Q.8】 What kind of fireflies can be seen?
Large Genji fireflies can be seen from the middle of May to early June and smaller Heike fireflies after that.
To enable us to maintain their breeding environment, please do not catch fireflies.
【Q.10】 Are the gardens accessible to people in wheelchairs?
During the firefly-viewing period, paths are one way and crowded, making it difficult for wheelchairs to get through.
【Q.1】When can fireflies be seen?
Fireflies can be seen around the stream of the gardens from around the middle of May to the middle of June. Please keep in mind that, because they are natural living creatures, their numbers vary depending on factors such as the temperature and weather.
【Q.2】 From what time can fireflies be seen?
The best time is from sunset to about 8:00 pm. The gardens close at 10:00 pm.
【Q.3】 Is admission free?
Admission is free from Monday through Thursday. On weekends, (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), the gardens are open only to visitors using Taikoen. (Customers are given tickets for admission to the gardens when they pay their bills.)
【Q.4】 What is a "ticket for admission to the gardens?"
Visitors can use this ticket to enter the gardens (firefly habitat) from 19:00 on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Tickets are valid only on the day of issue and are not to be sold on or transferred. Tickets are issued only to customers using Taikoen. One person requires one ticket.
【Q.5】 Is there a parking lot?
A parking lot is available for the exclusive use of visitors using Taikoen. A nearby coin-operated parking lot is available for use when the Taikoen parking lot is full. (Customers pay the coin-operated parking charges themselves.)
【Q.6】 What if the weather is bad?
While fireflies take shelter in depths of the greenery during heavy rain or strong winds, they can still be seen during light rain showers.
【Q.7】What kind of attractions are set up in the Temple Festival Corner? Is it possible to go only to the Temple Festival Corner?
The Temple Festival Corner offers attractions such as a shooting range, smart ball and lotteries. The corner is open from 19:00 to 22:00 and is open to everyone for 300 yen per visit.
【Q.8】 What kind of fireflies can be seen?
Large Genji fireflies can be seen from the middle of May to early June and smaller Heike fireflies after that.
To enable us to maintain their breeding environment, please do not catch fireflies.
【Q.9】Can visitors take photographs?
Visitors may take photographs, but are asked not to use strobes or tripods.
【Q.10】 Are the gardens accessible to people in wheelchairs?
During the firefly-viewing period, paths are one way and crowded, making it difficult for wheelchairs to get through.