From late December to late March is a great time for a family trip for strawberry picking in the Tokyo area. Here is our updated 2016 list of top strawberry picking gardens you can enjoy in the Tokyo area on a half-day or one-day trip. I have chosen six gardens; two in Chiba, one in Saitama and three in Kanagawa. Many of these gardens run through May, but best strawberries are January through February, cost of picking decreases at most gardens as the picking become less ideal.
Strawberry Picking Tokyo Area 2016
Similar to other types of vegetable and fruit picking in Japan there is usually a fixed price for a 30 mins of all-you-can-eat picking. Most gardens charge similar pricing approximately 1,500-2,000 yen per adult down to 500 yen for elementary kids. Notes: All gardens will also sell you strawberries to take home for an additional fee, have free parking, and advise on reservations for groups over ten people to reduce the waiting time. Great fun activity and healthy too!
If you have recommendations, on great strawberry picking locations please comment below or send info via the contact form. The information below is as January 2015; please double-check the info before heading out to confirm.
Strawberry Picking Locations
1. Kawatsura Strawberry Farm (Chiba) (かわつら苺園) – Started in 1964 this is one of the longest running family strawberry gardens in Japan. This garden is special since they do not have a time limit on how long you can pick and eat in the garden. Be sure to come early in the morning since Kawatsura closes when the red strawberries run out for the day (usually in the afternoon). They also are trying to move to 100% pesticide free, so there are honeybees in the garden.
Kawatsura Strawberry Farm Details
address: 478 Hayafune, Sanmu, Chiba (千葉県山武市早船478)
phone: 080-3749-3271 (English spoken)
open: December 15 – to the end of May, Weekday : 10:00 open; Sundays and Holidays open 9:20. Close each day in the afternoon when red strawberry are gone for the day.
(over 7 years)
(under 3 years)
|Dec.15 – Jan. 4||2,000 yen||1,500 yen||500 yen|
|Jan. 5 – Feb. 28||1,600 yen||1,300 yen||500 yen|
|Mar. 1 – Mar. 31||1,500 yen||1,100 yen||500 yen|
|Apr. 1- Early May||1,100 yen||700 yen||300 yen|
access: By car, it will take approximately and hour and a half traveling from the Tokyo metropolitan area when using the highways. By train, it takes and hour and 10 minutes from Tokyo station on the express train named “shiosai”. If driving set your navigation to 0475-82-4328, that is a gas station near-by.
Video of Strawberry picking at Kawatsura.
2. Roman no Mori Kyowa Koku Strawberry Farm (Chiba) (ロマンの森共和国いちご狩り農園) – Leave Tokyo around 8:00 and you will be first in line. If you are going to visit Roman no Mori, I recommend you go to Kamogawa SeaWorld, which is about 12K away, or Mothers Farm (animal farm) about 10K away. Doing all three sights in one day might be tough. Roman no Mori also has a hotel you can stay in if you want to rest the night and make it a weekend trip. One Best Living Japan reader stated that you must go really early to get strawberries – when she arrived at noon the strawberry picking was done for the day.
Roman no Mori Kyowa Koku Strawberry Farm Details
address:659-1 Toyohide, Kimitsu , Chiba (千葉県君津市豊英659-1)
open: January 1st to the end of May, weekdays (Wednesday holiday) 9:30～15:30; Sat & Sun 9:30～17:00
cost: ◇ January 1-31st : adults 2,000 yen, elementary 1,600 yen, 2-5 years 1,000 yen ◇ February 1-March 21: adults 1,800 yen, elementary 1,400 yen, 2-5 years 900 yen ◇ March 22 – April 3: 1,600 yen, elementary 1,300 yen, 2-5 years 800 yen; April 4 – to end of April: 1,200 yen, elementary 1,000 yen, 2-5 years 600 yen;
access: one-hour drive from Tokyo across Aqua Line; train and bus take about 2 hours
website: Roman no Mori kyouwakoku Strawberry Farm
3. Iijima Flower Garden (Kanagawa) – This garden offers 30 minute all your eat strawberries that are pesticide-free. Since this garden is quite central, there is sometimes a wait until you can pick. Iijima offers 11 other types of fruits and vegetable picking over the year. Cabbage (Dec-May), daikon (Nov- Feb), potatoes (Jun), melon (Jul-Aug), corn (Jul-Aug), tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, watermelon and pumpkin (July-Aug), sweet potatoes (Sept-Oct)
Iijima Flower Garden Details
address: 1534 Kaneda, Minamishitaura- machi, Miura, Kanagawa-ken (神奈川県三浦市南下浦町金田1534)
open: End of December to the end of May, Closed Monday and Fridays; open all other days and national holidays 10:00 – 17:00
cost: December end – January 5th: elementary to adults 1,800 yen; 3-6 years 900 yen; 2 and under free; January 6 – February 29: elementary to adults 1,860 yen; 3-6 years 800 yen; March 1 – April 5: elementary to adults 1,400 yen; 3-6 years 700 yen; April 6 – mid-May: elementary to adults 1,200 yen; 3-6 years 600 yen
access:30 mins from the Kinugawa IC in Yokohama by car; about 70-90 mins from Shinagawa station in Tokyo; by train take the Keikyu line to Misakiguchi station, then the bus to Matsuwa and then walk 15 mins
website: Iijima Flower Garden (Japanese language only)
Our visit: http://bestlivingjapan.com/iijima-flower-garden-kanagawa/
4. Tsukuihama Kankonoen (Kanagawa) 【津久井浜観光農園】This garden offers strawberries in the winter and mikan (tangerines) and sweet potatoes in the autumn. This garden offers 30 minutes all you can eat for a set price for all visitors over 3 years of age. You can also have a BBQ at the garden; call ahead to reserve BBQ.
Tsukuihama Kankonoen Details
address: 5-15-20 Tsukui, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県横須賀市津久井5-15-20)
phone: 046-849-4506 (Tourist office closed Sat and Sun, Call M-F)
open: January 1st to the end of May, Open every day 9:00-15:00
cost: 30 mins all you can eat – Jan 1-5 over 3 yrs 1,900 yen, Jan 6-Feb end 1,700 yen, March 1,500 yen, April & May 1,200 yen
access:15 mins from the Sahara IC via route 134 from Yokohama Yokosuka road by car; from Shinagawa station take the Keihin-kyuko line 京浜急行 to Keikyu Tsukuihama Station → walk 20 minutes (with shuttle bus until January 1 – March 31 website: Tsukuihama Garden (Japan Agriculture portal -Japanese language only)
5. Strawberry House (Kanagawa) 【ストロベリーハウス】This garden specialises in strawberries offering a variety of types, including; Akihime, red cheeks, Yayoi Princess and nephew C Berry. They are only open to the public on weekends and national holidays. If you are going to head-out to Strawberry House go early and on the way back to Tokyo stop at Kodomo no Kuni for lunch and a great afternoon of play.
Strawberry House Details
address: 112o Nakagochi, Ebina, Kanagawa-ken (神奈川県海老名市中河内１１２０)
phone: ０４６－２３８－２７５０ (Japanese language only)
open: January 2nd to mid June, Open Sat, Sun and National Holidays 10:00 until ripe strawberries runout
cost: 30 mins all you can eat – Jan – March jr high to adults 1,700 yen, elementary and below 1,300 yen, under 3 free, March – May 6th adults 1,200 yen, elementary and below 1,000 yen, after May 9th adults 1,000 yen, elementary and below 800 yen
access: 1 hr. 20 mins from Shinjuku station on the Odakyu line to Shake station; 60 mins by car Tomei express way from Shibuya to Ebina IC.
website: Strawberry House (Japanese language only)
6. Strawberry Hunt (Saitama) – This garden specialises in Strawberries and also rice. If you are heading in this direction go to the garden 1st thing in the a.m. then on the return have lunch and sightsee for the afternoon in Kawagoe “Little Edo” for a full-day of fun! Note: check their website top page before you go to make sure they have ripe strawberries to pick. For example today and tomorrow 1/19-1/20, 2015 they are closed due to not enough ripe strawberries, but they will be open again from 1/21.
Strawberry Hunt Details
address: Kamiomino 1072, Kawashima, Hiki-gun, Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県比企郡川島町上小見野 1072)
open: End of November to end of May for strawberries; open every day except New Years day, hours 10:00-15:00
|Jr high and up||3 yrs – elementary|
|Jan – April 7||１，７００yen||１，１００yen|
|April 8 – May 10||１，４００yen||８００yen|
|May 11 –||１，０００yen||６００yen|
access: 1 to 1.5 hour from Tokyo on the Kanetsu expressway if no traffic, 1 hr 30 mins from Shinjuku on the Tobu Tojo Line;
website: Strawberry Hunt
Strawberry Picking Tokyo Area 2016
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