Hotaruika Museum

Nature Lovers Would Love to Visit This Buried Forest Museum in Uozu, Toyama!

While Toyama (富山) is often overlooked by tourists who flock to the neighboring Ishikawa (石川), this off-the-beaten-path city has a lot to offer. Toyama is home to a small castle, a spectacular glass museum, and the amazing hotaru ika (ほたるいか) or firefly squid. However, there is one more spot that makes it a worthwhile city…

What Are These Glowing Creatures in Toyama Bay?

Did you know that every year, the shorelines of Toyama Bay are lined with a glowing blue color? This light show is not man-made but a natural phenomenon made possible by thousands of watasenia scintillans or firefly squids. They can be found in the bay in abundance during the spring season, from March to June.…