Insects are some of our planet's most fascinating creatures, and can be found in just about all environments - it's even said that approximately 90% of all animal life forms on Earth are insects. If you're curious about learning more about them, Gunma Insect World is a great place to start. The venue was opened in August of 2005 and covers a space of 45 hectares, with a range of different insects to appreciate in their natural environments.
There are wetlands, rice fields, greenhouses and more on the grounds, and there are various opportunities to learn about insect life. Part of the concept behind Gunma Insect World was to nurture and enhance a respect for nature through direct contact with insects, particularly for children. The site has a total of 1,400 species of insects and 80 species of birds confirmed on the grounds, so there's no shortage of things to see! You'll find nets available for catch-and-release insect encounters, guided tours and classes on topics such as silkworm raising, seasonal rice planting, and fun insect-related craft activities including traditional origami.
The hours of admission at Gunma Insect World differ with the seasons. From April to October, the facility is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm, with last admissions at 4:30 pm. From November through to March, those hours are slightly reduced from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, with last admissions at 4 pm. Do bear in mind that the venue is closed every Monday if you plan to make a special trip.