Bios Hill night tours highlight mysteries of jungle

A group of visitors is embarking on a boat cruise that is part of the Bios Hill Night Tour.

Bios no Oka, Bios Hill, is now offering weekend tours through the end of June, experiencing the beauty of a botanical gardens and a more mystical set of evening events.

A mini-lesson starts every night tour promptly at 7 p.m.

The night tours begin each Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and run through 9 p.m.  Reservations are required, as number of participants on tours are limited.  Reservations are available at (098) 965-3400.  Admission is ¥1,500 for adults, high school and junior high students, and ¥1,000 for children ages four through elementary school.  Kids three and under are admitted free.  The night tours are being offered through Sunday, June 30th, at Bios no Oka, also known as Bios Hill, in Ishikawa Kadekaru, Uruma City.

To the visitors who come to visit Bios no Oka as a botanical garden in the daytime, various attractions are prepared for the concept of “feeling at ease” and “offer of impression” through the plants. At the lake inside the garden, attractions such as sight-seeing by a lakeside admiration boat, a slow cruise, and a ride inside the garden by a water buffalo powered-vehicle, are prepared so that a visitor can spend a tranquil time.

Fireflies are just now starting their season.

In order to let visitors know the nature of Bios no Oka more, the limited night tours allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the evening, which is completely different from daytime. The main is admiration of fireflies, as well as the nocturnal movement. of small animals or plants, and how they respond to darkness.  The tours each last two hours.

Bios on the Hill is a combination orchids garden in a subtropical forest and a botanical garden. During the evening tours first come the fireflies, a mini-lesson, and then to the harbor after setting bug traps. The night cruise begins at dusk. A guided tour at Bios on the Hill comes next, a chance to see the bugs gathered in the traps during a stroll in the hills with staff members. There’ll also be a chance to see imago and larva of the fireflies before the tour ends at 9 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to wear light clothing and put on light shoes because of the walks. Insect repellent spray and rain gear are also encouraged. Night tours begin promptly at 7 p.m., and those arriving late may be denied participation. Baby strollers and seats, and wheelchairs are not permitted. As these are evening tours, there are few lights in order to view the fireflies. Bios Hill reminds parents that children are their responsibility. Adverse weather conditions such as typhoons will result in night tour cancellations.

To get to the Bios on the Hill, take Highway 58 north from Kadena. After passing Renaissance Resort take the road towards Ishikawa, and then immediately to the right. Watch for a sign to the right pointing to the Bios Hill and Okinawa Royal Golf Course, and follow signs to the Bios Hill. There is plenty of free parking available by the entrance to the park.