Summer Night Sea Kayak: Witness the Enchantment of Glowing Sea Fireflies!
- Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
- Product code: EN-HSM-4021-40214
Embark to witness the magic of glowing sea fireflies from Tomonoura's scenic port. Kayak on the night sea to discover clusters of sea fireflies that light up the ocean in hidden island coves.
- Sea kayak at sunset in the cool breeze to recharge your spirit.
- Witness sea fireflies, only avaliable from June to October.
- Safely guided by a kayak master, enjoy the sound of the night waves from a desert island beach.
- Prepare to take beautiful photographs of the blue, glowing sea fireflies caught in mason jars.
[17:30] Gather at Kayaker's Cafe, Tomonoura Port
Complete insurance paperwork and other procedures and change into kayaking gear. (Life jackets and water shoes are provided.)
Learn how to paddle and listen to a safety explanation. Sea kayaks and double-seated canoes are available.
[18:30] Departure from Tomonoura Port
Set off into the Seto Inland Sea while watching the beautiful sunset.
[19:15] Sensuijima Island
Board on a desert beach in Sensuijima Island. Your guide will set up a break area on the beach. Put the bait for the sea fireflies in a bottle, scatter it in the sea, and wait for them to appear. Enjoy a Japanese picnic on the shore while waiting, or go for a stroll on the shore. You can also decide to bathe in the sea!
When the jars are full of luminescent fireflies, your guide will diverse them on the shore for you to enjoy the blue glow from up close.
The glowing sea fireflies will start to appear and make your world turn a shimmering blue. This is the moment to get some wonderful photos. You might be lucky enough to witness sea plankton highlighting the movement of your paddle on the water with their glow.
[21:30] Return to Tomonoura Port
Say goodbye to the fireflies and kayak back to Tomonoura.
Tomonoura port is well known for being one of the inspirations of the Studio Ghibli's movie Ponyo on the cliff by the sea. However, this evening tour will guide you through the wonders of nature on the ocean's summer nights to witness the enchantment of sea fireflies on the shore of the Seto sea. They are minuscule bioluminescent crustaceans, quite uncommon in Japan, that glow a blue light in shallow waters during the summer months (June to October).
Mister Murakami will guide you safely through the islands of the area, while enjoying the sunset from your kayak or canoe. On your way, enjoy starkly different scenery from the daytime, such as an illuminated shrine gate. Feel the power of nature as your embarkation slide on the peacefully dark waters. When you arrive at Sensuijima Island, open your heart to the magical world of shining blue. A small picnic prepared by a local restaurant will be taken on the beach, while waiting for the bait to attract enough sea fireflies. It's sure to be a photo-worthy experience if your camera tolerates low light.
No doubt that this experience will glow brightly in your Japan memories!
※We highgly recommend you to book a night in Tomonoura port to enjoy this experience worry free.
【THINGS TO NOTE】
- Duration：4 hours
- Meeting point：Kayaker's CAFE
849, Tomocho-tomo, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima, 720-0201
From Hiroshima Station with the shinkansen and bus: 1 hour 15 min.
From Fukuyama Station on JR Lines: take the Tomotetsu bus (to Tomo, 37 min) and get off at Tomo-kou. Walk for 3 minutes.
Walk for 180 meters in a southwestward direction near the Prefectural Highway 22 along the seashore and turn left at the intersection. On your left side, you will find the Kayaker's Cafe.
*Shuttle from and to Fukuyama Station available for groups of fewer than 8 people. (upon schedule availability)
Please contact us if you need it.
- Language support： English, Japanese
- Included： Experience fee, guide fee, rental fee for kayak equipment, and light meal box. (Waterproof bags availlable fro free)
- Items to bring： Drinks, swim wear, towel and fresh clothing to change after the experience
- Participation requirements：
・Exercise level: Beginner to intermediate (for those who exercise regularly)
・Minimum age: 3 years old
・If you suffer from back pain, participation is not recommended
・If you suffer from any serious conditions or illnesses, for example, heart problems, participation is not recommended
- Free Wi-Fi：×
- Toilet： Available (Western style) - at the bus stop (3 minutes away)
- Other things to note：
・This plan is only available during the summer season from June 1 to October 31.
・The activity will be held in the Tomonoura area.
・The activity may be canceled due to poor weather conditions. We will contact you by 18:00 the day before. In such cases, full refunds will be given.
・No shower available. (running water at the fosset in front of the shop)
【HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES】
・Face masks required for travelers in public areas
・Face masks required for guides in public areas
・Face masks provided for travelers as needed
・Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
・Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
・Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
・Guides required to regularly wash hands
・Regular temperature checks for staff
・Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
・Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
・Contactless ticket redemption
7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.