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Toyama Bay is famous for its firefly squids that light up the bay. The bioluminescent squids emit blue light with its unique light producing organs called photophores. The squids have thousands of these photophores on their bodies which allows the squid's entire body to light up.
During the months of March though May, millions of firefly squids are brought to the surface by large waves, which is also when the squids are spawning, attracting even more squids. This creates a big light show of millions of firefly squids glowing and lighting up the bay. Tourists from all over the world come to Toyama Bay in hopes of witnessing this phenomenon. Boats at Toyama Bay leave early morning around 3am to catch it in time for when the fishermen pull in their nets as the squids flow in blue. The lights flash on and off creating a beautiful light show.
Want to witness this beautiful blue light show by the firefly squids? Why not take a trip to Japan during March and April on of Japan Deluxe Tours' spring time tours during the beautiful cherry blossom season and witness all the beauty Japan has to offer. Explore Japan at its most beautiful, popular spring season with our tours and extend your stay to add in a trip to Toyama Bay for the firefly squid light show. Contact us today for more details.