Strawberry picking is one of the fantastic activities you can experience during summer in Japan. Many farms offer eat-all-you-can Strawberry Picking sessions, where you can walk around freely in the farms and choose your favorite strawberries to pick and appreciate on the spot! The strawberries – some sweet, some sour – can all be enjoyed in their freshest state possible. Here are 6 farms nearby Tokyo that are recommended if you are a fan of strawberries!
The delicious strawberries of Chumakita Tomitano Orchards
Chumakita Tomitano Orchards is located in Saitama prefecture and is an orchard with over 50 years of history. Over here, various species of strawberries are cultivated and it is most famous for the strawberry picking session that visitors can take part in. There are a total of about 7 strawberry species available in Chumakita Tomitano Orchards that can be enjoyed from November all the way to May - almost half of the year, making this a fantastic place to visit even if your schedule is very packed.
Not only can you enjoy strawberry picking at Chumakita Tomitano Orchards, there are also various fresh home made products such as strawberry creams and snacks available that will serve as fantastic souvenirs!
Chumakita Tomitano Orchards
Address: 1666 Maita, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture 368-0062
Access: 1 hour 20 minutes train via Ikebukuro Line (Red arrow) from Ikebukuro Station to Seibu-Chichibu Station, followed by a 20 minute bus ride
Try 20 types of strawberries at Dragon Farm Chiba!
Dragon Farm Chiba is located in Chiba prefecture and is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Tokyo station via public transport, and it will only take you 45 minutes if you drive. Dragon Farm Chiba is a unique strawberry farm which has up to 20 different species of strawberries, some of which very rare such as the “Venus Heart” and “Aroma”. At Dragon Farm Chiba, you can experience a 30 minute eat-all-you-can strawberry picking session until May each year. The most popular type is the “Venus Heart” as mentioned, which was only introduced in Dragon Farm Chiba in 2016!
Apart from Strawberry picking, you can also enjoy the various home-made strawberry sweets such as the strawberry daifuku (a type of Japanese sweet). There are also presents that you can bring home as souvenirs as well!
Dragon Farm Chiba
Address: 1354 Oguracho, Wakaba Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture
Access: 1h 20 minutes from Tokyo Station via Sobu Line (Rapid) and Chibatoshi-Monorail
Strawberry Farm Café - Ichigo Farm Kumagaya
Ichigo Farm Kumagaya is located in Kumagaya, Saitama prefecture, and is only about an hour away from Tokyo station by train and bus. At Ichigo Farm Kumagaya, you will have to take off your shoes and wear the slippers provided by them when entering the vinyl house – they put in a lot of effort to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene level.
The eat-all-you-can strawberry picking session has 2 plans, the 30 minute plan and the 1 hour plan, and 2 species of strawberries – the Akihime and Beni-Hoppe, can be enjoyed there. There are tables and benches in the strawberry farm with drinks such as tea and coffee as well. Even if you are not participating in the strawberry picking session, you can enjoy the drink bar there.
Ichigo Farm Kumagaya
Address: 70-1, Kamichuji, Kumagaya City, Saitama Prefecture 360-0001
Access: 38 minutes from Tokyo Station to Kumagaya Station via Hokuriku Shinkansen, followed by a 20 minute bus ride
The juicy strawberries of Uchino Kiyoshi Noen
Uchino Kiyoshi Noen is located in Saitama prefecture but is only about an hour away from Ueno (Tokyo) by train and bus. At Uchino Kiyoshi Noen, you can experience a 30-minute eat-all-you-can strawberry picking session of the species called Kaorino. The Kaorino is a new type of strawberry that was only registered in 2010 at the Mie Prefecture, and is known for being very sweet and extremely juicy. Here, apart from the eat-all-you-can session, you can also purchase the Kaorino strawberries and take them home as souvenirs.
Uchino Kiyoshi Noen
Address: 453 Marunuki, Yoshimi, Hiki District, Saitama
Access: 48 minutes from Ueno Station from Konosu Station via Takasaki Line, followed by a 7-minute bus ride
Fujimi Strawberry - huge strawberries the size of a palm!
Fujimi Strawberry is a strawberry farm located very conveniently just 30 minutes from Ikebukuro station by train. Located near the shopping centre Lalaport Fujimi, it is one of the popular farms that families visit when they are near the region. Fujimi Strawberry was opened in 2011 and is open from January to June every year. A 30 minute eat-all-you-can strawberry picking session can be enjoyed there, and you will be able to walk freely around 1 of the 5 strawberry houses they have in their compound.
What’s great about Fujimi Strawberry is that some of the strawberries are placed low so that children and those in wheelchairs can enjoy picking them too. Some of the strawberries can be extremely huge, and the sweet, juicy Akihime strawberry is so fantastic that it’s almost addictive!
Address: 1083 Katsuse, Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture, 354-0031
Access: 16 minutes from Tokyo station to Ikebukuro station via Marunouchi Line, then it’s 30 minutes to Fujimono station via Tobu-Tojo Line
Get lost in the fantastic world of Koshigaya Strawberry Town
Koshigaya Strawberry Town is a strawberry farm that was opened in 2015. Located conveniently near the shopping mall Aeon Laketown, it is only 1 hour away from Tokyo by car. At Koshigaya Strawberry Town, you can enjoy a 1 hour eat-all-you-can strawberry picking session. Here, 6 types of strawberries such as the Akihime, Beni Hoppe, and Tochiotome can be enjoyed. They all have different characteristics, some known for the sweetness, others for their juiciness, so spend your 1 hour to try out the differences between the strawberries!
Koshigaya Strawberry Town
Address: 1-41 Mashimori, Koshigaya City, Saitama Prefecture 343-0012
Access: 9 minutes from Ueno station to Koshigaya station via Hibiya Line, followed by a 10 minute bus ride from Koshigayaeki Higashiguchi bus stop to Ikiikikan bus stop
The best fruit of summer
Strawberry picking can generally be enjoyed from January to June but is best during the summer time. Escape the heat outside into the cool and clean strawberry houses, to indulge in the freshest strawberries of all time!
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