Hotaruika Museum (Firefly Squid Museum)

Firefly squid, glowing like a jewels in the midnight sea.

  • The only firefly squid museum in the world, here in Namerikawa!

Learn about the firefly squid, and why Toyama Bay is the perfect habitat and breeding ground for this mysterious creature. The most amazing exhibit is definitely the firefly squid light show! You can see the blue-white bioluminescent glow of the firefly squid for yourself as they swim in the dark! (The firefly squid show is available from March 20th through May 31st; during the rest of the year the show features bioluminescent plankton.) As well, there is an exhibit demonstrating the mysterious freshwater springs which flow from the ocean floor, with a handling pool that provides an opportunity to touch deep sea species of fish with your bare hands! In addition to being an amazing and interesting species to look at, the firefly squid has traditionally been enjoyed as a delicacy in Toyama and other parts of Japan. In the museum, you can try several different styles of cooking featuring the firefly squid, as well as find products made with the famous deep sea water of Toyama Bay. Feel the mysteries of Toyama Bay unfold as you learn about the amazing and beautiful firefly squid.

  • Next to Wave Park Namerikawa Rest Area

  • Eat your fill at the restaurant on the 2nd floor!

  • Relax by taking a hot foot bath while you gaze out over the bay

Hotaruika Museum (Firefly Squid Museum)

Address 410 Nakagawara, Namerikawa, Toyama 936-0021
TEL 076-476-9300 WAVE Namerikawa Co., Ltd.
Trading hours 9:00-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
Non-trading hours Closed on Tuesdays, or the next day when Tuesday falls on a holiday. (Remains open March 20th through May 31st)
Closed on New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and for 3 days starting on the last Monday in January.
Price Adult: 800 yen / Child: 400 yen (From March 20th through May 31st)
Adult: 600 yen / Child: 300 yen (From June 1st through March 19th)
Access A 10-minute walk from Namerikawa Station on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway
8 minutes by car from the Namerikawa Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway
Parking Parking for 160 vehicles (including 10 buses) is available free of charge
Official URL http://hotaruikamuseum.com/en/museum
Remarks Barrier free: Wheelchair loans available, wheelchair accessible elevators, automatic doors, slopes and handicap parking areas, accessible toilets
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