WELCOME TO GUNMA INSECT WORLD
Minoru Yajima, Honorary Director
From the ancient times, Japanese people have maintained a keen interest in insects, admiring their songs, colors and unique behavior. Their fascination for insect life constitutes a markedly different cultural characteristic compared to Westerners. By providing contact with insects, we plan to nurture and enhance our centuries-old appreciation and respect for nature, particularly for children during the formative years. Opened in August 2005, Gunma Insect World is owned and controlled by the Prefecture of Gunma. Components of traditional pastoral life have been preserved in the 45-hectare site, including groves of trees, rice paddies, cultivated fields, mulberry orchard (for sericulture) and a thatch-roofed farmhouse.
Thatch-roofed farm house (Traditional Sericulture Farmer’s House)
Enjoy the World of Insects
Allow a whole day to fully explore the grounds (see map). A stroll through the woods alone requires an hour. More than 1,400 species of insects and additionally, 80 species of birds have been confirmed at our site. Also features are indoor facilities for year-round learning experience such as interpretive buildings (a total of 5,700 square meters: see picture) with live insects, preserved specimens and audio-visual aids, and a greenhouse (1,100 square meters) for semi-tropical plants and insects from Okinawa (see picture).
Satoyama, the Original Habitat
For centuries, the center of Japan’s rural life was represented by an environment consisting of a terraced paddy system, streams, ponds and woods, interconnected with a village where rice farmers lived. Known as satoyama this stable habitat was home to man and a variety of wildlife including insects. Sadly, satoyama has been rapidly vanishing, swallowed up by development. We are introducing this unique, original Japanese habitat to the current generation.
Copse Farm land Swamp area Grasshopper
Butterfly and stag beetle(A sappy tree gathering insect)
Experience “Hands-on” Learning
We offer a number of programs in addition to exhibits. The heart of our educational programs is to promote interest in insects in all citizens, especially children. We encourage visitors to actively search for insects in the woods and grasslands, and to try hands-on encounters by the “catch and release” program. Rental nets and other tools are available. Insects are intimately involved in the Japanese way of life, and the catching of insects is an introductory step for children to become familiar with nature. Other programs include guided tours (behind-the-scenes, silkworm raising, etc.), craft classes (including traditional origami) and temporary exhibits.
Searching for insect
Learning by experience:rice planting
○ Times of opening:
From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 4:30 p.m.), April to October
From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission 4 p.m.), November to March
Closed Mondays (the following day if Monday falls on a national holiday or a substitute holiday)
○ Admission fees:
Adults – 410 yen
College and university students – 200 yen
Junior high school students and under – free
(group discount rates and annual passes are available)
460-1 Tsurugaya, Niisato-cho, Kiryu-shi, Gunma-ken, 376-0132 Japan
○ Telephone and fax numbers: 0277-74-6441 (telephone), 0277-74-6466(fax)
A brief English page is available at www.giw.pref.gunma.jp
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