Enjoy a Delicious Meal and See Summer Fireflies at This Hotel in Tokyo

  • Japan is a magical place to experience fireflies. It is a symbol of the country’s intriguing beauty during the summer season. There are annual firefly watching events that allow people to see these beautiful creatures, which are now becoming a rare sight.

    If you haven’t heard of these events before or you’re interested in experiencing your first firefly watching, then you should check out Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo (ホテル椿山荘東京)’s botanical garden, where you can experience a firefly-inspired dinner buffet while catching a glimpse of the enchanting creatures. This event is only available until July 2nd, 2017.

    The Hotel’s Botanical Garden

    Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a luxurious garden oasis located in the heart of Tokyo (東京). It is popular for its gardens which were established in 1878 during the Meiji Era (明治時代). These gardens are known for attracting a huge number of fireflies during summer. Every year, the hotel welcomes the summer with a firefly festival in the form of cultural activities and promotions.

    They make sure to provide guests with a one-of-a-kind experience where they can see the mystical glow of the fireflies in the city. This seasonal experience is only available for a limited time so guests need to make reservations in advance so they can see the fireflies dancing amid the foliage of the deepest green.

    Evening of Fireflies Dinner Buffet

    Since thousands of fireflies can be seen in the hotel’s garden during summer, this becomes an opportunity to give guests an experience where they can stroll around the garden while filling up on a special array of dishes. One event is the Evening of Fireflies Dinner Buffet, which provides guests with a firefly-themed buffet of Japanese and international food with a free flow of drinks.

    Some of the menu items include roast beef and abalone, and a salad bar is also available. This will only be available until July 2nd, 2017, and the time schedule depends on the day; it usually begins between 6:00pm and 7:30pm, and lasts for two hours. You can enjoy the garden after dinner and relive your childhood fantasy of catching fireflies.


    Another event, called Le Lucciole, is located at the Italian Restaurant IL TEATRO (イル・テアトロ) where you can enjoy pasta made of egg yolk, parmesan cheese, and pepper chips. The dining atmosphere here is beautiful as well as the hospitality. You can also enjoy firefly viewing afterwards. This event is also available until July 2nd, 2017 for a dinner cost of 16,500 yen.

    The hotel had a private Firefly Night Stay in late May and early June 2017, but this was only available for a short period of time. Guests were also given an access to observe the twinkling fireflies in the garden even after the closing time at 11:00pm. Let’s hope this event will be included again in next year’s firefly summer promotions.

    Firefly viewing only happens seasonally, so if you’d like to experience Japan’s mesmerizing beauty at night, take a chance to include Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s Firefly special promotion in your schedule! They have plenty of different firefly themed events, so check out their website below and see which one fits you. Experience the mystical glow of fireflies which have been honored in the country for thousands of years!

    Event website