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Itami City Museum of Insects
Located next to the lush Koyaike Pond, the Itami City Museum of Insects was opened in commemoration of the city's 50th anniversary. Approximately 1,000 butterflies from 14 species, including one of Japan's largest, the paper kite, flit about inside a popular dome-shaped greenhouse year-round. Models and large-screen videos in exhibition rooms offer opportunities to observe insect ecology, with other periodic special exhibits available, too. The Study Room houses living honeybee specimens, a book corner, and even an activity corner for young children to enjoy origami, coloring books, and more.

Address 3-1 Koyaike, Itami 664-0015 (inside Koyaike Park)
Contact Itami City Museum of Insects 072-785-3582
hours open 9:30-16:30 (last entry at 16:00; Butterfly Greenhouse open from 10:00)
Parking Lot
Paid parking at Koyaike Park (9:00 - 17:00)
(\200 for the first hour, then an additional \100/30 min.)
Regular holiday
Every Tuesday (or the next business day if Tuesday is a holiday), Dec. 29 - Jan. 1, and other days

From Itami Station on the JR Takarazuka Line or Hankyu Itami Line, take the City Bus bound for Aramaki Koen via Sun City or bound for Nishino Mukogawa Center-mae via Matsugaoka, get off at the Matsugaoka stop, and walk 12 min.; alternately, take the City Bus bound for Nishino Mukogawa Center-mae via Saibansho-mae and get off at the Tamada Danchi-mae stop

Web site

Barrier-free toilets (2 wheelchair-accessible stalls, 2 baby chairs, and 2 baby beds), services for those in wheelchairs (2 wheelchairs available for rent), services for infants (2 strollers available for rent, mother's room, diaper-changing station), foreign-language pamphlets (English, Korean)