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GALA Yuzawa Resort, Niigata – Ski & Snowboard Lessons from Age 4

GALA Y

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is one of the most convenient snow resorts to visit with little ones outside Tokyo. It`s a 75-min shinkansen ride (Max-Tanigawa or the Tanigawa) from Tokyo station and the train drops you off right inside the base of the GALA Yuzawa Resort making it ultra convenient if traveling with small …

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Sweet Potato Digging – A Fun Autumn Tradition

Sweet Potato Digging

Sweet potato digging is an autumn tradition that all Japanese kindergarten and early elementary kids partake in October through December. In Japanese sweet potatoes are called “satsumaimo”. Enjoy a nice autumn day outside central Tokyo and go sweet potato digging. Below are five recommended locations to go Japanese sweet potato digging. …

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Tokyo Area Blueberry Picking Locations 2016

Sayama Berry Farm

Late June to early September is blueberry picking season in Japan. Here are six recommendations for blueberry picking farms you can enjoy in the Kanto area.  I have chosen six gardens for great half-day or one-day trips; two in Chiba-ken, two in Saitama-ken and two in Kanagawa-ken. Many of these gardens run …

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The Railway Museum, Omiya – One of Japan`s More Popular Train Museums

The Railway Museum

The Railway Museum (鉄道博物館ミュージアム) is a great place to visit for families and railway enthusiasts rain or shine. Opened in late 2007 the museum features railway cars, train car simulators for would-be-train drivers, model dioramas, miniature trains, train rides, an outdoor playground and indoor playrail area, cafeteria, museum shop, train …

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Iijima Flower Garden, Kanagawa – Strawberry Picking and Vegetable Digging in One Day

Iijima Flower Garden

Iijima Flower Garden is a quaint farm centrally located in Kanagawa. They offer 30 minute all-you-can-eat strawberries that are pesticide-free. Picking is at ground or planter levels. They also offer 13 other types of fruits and vegetable picking over the year. Strawberries (Jan-May), Cabbage (Dec-May), Daikon (Nov-April), Carrots & Turnips (Nov-Mar), Sweet Potatoes …

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Sweet Potato digging and Mikan picking at Tsukuihama Tourist Farm, Yokosuka

Sweet potato Mikan farm

Late October – November is a great time to visit the Tsukuihama Tourist Farm (津久井浜観光農園) in Yokosuka. You can dig for sweet potatoes then pick mikans all in one trip! The farm also offers strawberry picking from January to May and potato digging from May to June. Sweet potato season starts from September …

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Kodomo no Kuni BBQ, pony ride and Zoo, Yokohama

Kodomo no Kuni BBQ

On our first visit to Kodomo no Kuni (Children`s Land) we explored the various rides and numerous playgrounds. On our second visit we BBQ`d, went on a pony ride, fed the cows and sheep, and explored the zoo.   Kodomo no Kuni makes BBQ-ing easy. They provide two sessions for BBQing (late morning and afternoon), rental …

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Kawatsura Strawberry Picking Farm & Flowers, Chiba-ken

Kawatsura Strawberry Farm

Strawberry picking is a popular activity in Japan Winter through Spring. There are numerous greenhouses to choose from with prices varying between farms. Prices are highest in December and January, and taper off towards the end of Spring. Kawatsura Strawberry Farm Kawatsura Strawberry Farm has been growing strawberries since 1964. They …

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