A new tourism project that allows visitors to collect and observe insects has been launched in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture.

While the number of insects around the world is said to be decreasing due to climate change and forest development, Tamura, located in the center of the Abukuma plateau, is known as a haven for insects such as rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles.

The hope is that so-called insect tourism, currently conducted on a trial basis, will spur regional development. The project, which began this summer, is expected to be launched in earnest next summer.