Aichi Insect Museum

My first ever visit at a stunning insect museum in Japan

The insect museum with its giant stag beetle just above the entrance

The insect museum with its giant stag beetle just above the entrance

The giant stag beetle at the facade was ubiquitous and it caught my attention as our group of bloggers went up the building for our lunch. Because the characters written were all in Japanese, I had to ask our guide what that insect represented and was told that it was an insect museum. Wow! An insect museum! And that lit up my eyes!

As you might or might not know, I’m a bit of a geek and have been collecting, first butterflies, which I sold many years ago and beetles, 5,000 plus specimens with many new species named after me or were named as new to Science. You can check out my online collection at SALAGUBANG.

I hurriedly finished my lunch and separated myself from the group. After paying the 600 yen entrance fee, I was inside. The first thing that I saw was these really stunning frames that were very colorful and glistening. These were lepido-mosaics, mosaics made from the wings of thousands of butterflies. It was just so marvelous to look at. Because time was quite short, I had to hasten my visit and went to the different parts of the museum housed in two floors.

I was just so in awe! There were hundreds and thousands of butterflies and beetles and other insect species inside the museum which were collected in Southeast Asia, Japan, the Americas, Europe and Africa. Of course, I was looking for species from the Philippines and were not disappointed.

As I walked around, I can only do so in wide eyed amazement. Several of the butterfly and beetle species, especially those outside of the Philippines. Those that were only familiar to me in name or in pictures came to life in that museum. I was hearing myself saying WOWs and OHHs and AHHs… From the biggest butterflies, to the most colorful. From the longest horned beetle to the beautifully shining metallic.

And the mosaics! Stunning art work and colorful displays that when viewed from afar looked like abstract works but when I looked closer, were actually assembled butterflies and beetles! For my first ever insect museum visit? I was so much surprised, entertained and amazed! Beautiful critters of the world!

A huge mural of different butterflies from around the world

A huge mural of different butterflies from around the world

Well arranged insect boxes

Well arranged insect boxes

A group of butterflies including one of the biggest, a birdwing butterfly of the genus Ornithoptera. The black one at its left is of genus Atrophaneura

A group of butterflies including one of the biggest, a birdwing butterfly of the genus Ornithoptera. The black one at its left is of genus Atrophaneura

More groupings of different species and different sizes of butterflies from all around the world

More groupings of different species and different sizes of butterflies from all around the world

A mosaic of green metallic jewel beetles from different species

A mosaic of green metallic jewel beetles from different species

Detail of a huge mural made from a mosaic of different butterfly species

Detail of a huge mural made from a mosaic of different butterfly species

Different types of beetles from different families. At bottom left corner is from the Philippines, genus Pachyrrhynchus

Different types of beetles from different families. At bottom left corner is from the Philippines, genus Pachyrrhynchus

Different species of beautiful and stunning butterflies from different continents

Different species of beautiful and stunning butterflies from different continents

Insect Collection of the World
Hida Takayama Matsuri-no-mori
Chishima-cho 1111, Takayama-shi
Gifu 506-0032
TEL (0577)37-1000 FAX (0577)37-1010
Opening hours 9:00~17:00
Museum entrance fee: 600 Yen (adult), 400 Yen (students)

All images taken with LG G3

Thanx to Cebu Pacific Air for this trip!

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

One Comment

  1. Estan, Ang Langyaw (@LangyawMedia)
    December 30, 2015 @ 22:48

    Have you ever visited an #insects museum? You will be surprised!

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