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; 2 Chiba-ken, 2 Saitama-ken and 2 Kanagawa-ken. Many of these gardens run through September, but best blueberry picking is from late June to early August.
There are three types of blueberry picking programs in Japan; 1. fixed price for 30 mins of all-you-can-eat for 1,500-2,000 yen, 2. no eating, but rather pick 1 kilo and pay, and 3. all you can eat no time limited (usually outside farms) for 1,000-1,500 yen. Please note that the six farms below are a mix of these options. If you do choose one that has no time limit take a small plastic sheet to sit on, sun protection and bug lotion. Notes: All gardens will also sell you blueberries to take home for an additional fee, have free parking, and request reservations for groups of over ten people. Great fun activity and healthy too!
If you have recommendations on great blueberry picking locations please comment below or send info via the contact form. The information below is as Summer 2015; please double-check the info before heading out to confirm information since it does change.
Blueberry Picking Locations
1. Ezawa Fruits Land (Chiba-ken) (エザワフルーツランド) – If you grew up picking blueberries in the woods naturally, than Ezawa Fruits Land will bring back those memories. The Ezawa Fruits Land has over 1,500 blueberry bushes that you have to hike to about 1 km to pick. Great fun for kids and parents. It is in Kisarazu right over the Aqualine. Because the blueberries are outside picking season starts a little later than hothouse blueberries. Picking runs from late July through September. Ezawa is all you can eat and has no time limit!! They also have a great picnic area if you want to bring obentos and eat outside. This is my personal favorite.
Ezawa Fruits Land Details
address: 3832 Mariyatsu, Kisarazu, Saitama (千葉県木更津市真里谷3832)
phone: 0438-53-5160 (Japanese language only)
open: July – September open daily 9:00 – 17:00, closed Mondays. Closed when raining. Check website top page for open or closed if weather is iffy
cost: all you can pick and eat, 15 years and over 1,000 yen, 5 years and over 500 yen
2.Fruit Kaidou Yume Nojyo (Chiba-ken) (フルーツ街道 夢農場) – Fruit Kaidou is very close to Ezawa Farm above. It is located on an old golf course with rolling lawns. Fun to run around and burn off some train or car ride sitting. Fruit Kaidou is also outside grown blueberries so the seasons starts in late July. Fruits Kaidou also has a pretty impressive selection of blueberry types and over 1,500 bushes. The farm offers all you can eat with no time limit!! They also have a great picnic area if you want to bring obentos and eat outside. Another great blueberry choice right over the Aqualine.
Fruit Kaidou Yume Nojyo Details
address: 2816 Mariyatsu, Kisarazu, Saitama (千葉県木更津市真里谷2816)
phone: 0438-53-5766 (Japanese language only)
open: July – September open daily 8:00 – 17:00. When raining. check website top page for open or closed if weather is iffy
cost: all you can pick and eat no time limit; 15 years and above 1,000 yen, 5 years and above 500 yen.
3. Sayama Berry Land (Saitama-ken) (狭山ベリーランド) – This is one of the largest blueberry farms in the Tokyo area with over 50 types of berries and 2,000 bushes. The blueberry bushes are in covered hot houses. This farm also has strawberry harvesting from December – May and Shitake mushrooms from October – April. If your group is over ten people, it is best to make reservations. Sayama Berry Land is about a one hour drive or train ride from central Tokyo, very close to Kawagoe “Little Edo”.
Sayama Berry Land Details
address: 1262-5 Horigane, Sayama-shi, Saitama (〒350-1312埼玉県狭山市堀兼1262-5)
phone:04-2958-8000 (Japanese language only)
open: June – September open daily 10:00 – 18:00, closed when raining. check website top page for open or closed if weather is iffy
cost: 30 minutes all you can pick and eat, one small bag to take home (Elementary and above 1,500 yen, over 4 years to pre-elementary and silver 1,000 yen, 3 and under free)
Our Visit: http://www.bestlivingjapan.com/sayama-berry-land/
4. Farm Tentomushi (Saitama-ken) (ファームてんとうむし) – The Farm Tentomushi which means Ladybug in Japanese is an outside farm that has 500 blueberry bushes over 1,200 square meters. The farm is run by an 89-year-old man who is quite a character. They also sell a handmade blueberry jam that is delicious. Take note that this farm is NOT all you can eat. You pick 1 kilo of berries and pay 1,700 yen in June and July, and then the price drops to 1,300 yen as the picking decreases. It is a lovely outdoor setting and kids will enjoy. This location is about 2 hours north of downtown Tokyo so combine with a Nagatoro river boat ride that is about 20 mins away
Farm Tentomushi Details
address:277 Nakazato, Misato, Kodama-gun, Saitama (埼玉県美里町中里277)
phone:090-7736-1268 (Japanese language only)
open: June – August open daily 8:30 – 17:00, closed when raining. check website top page for open or closed if weather is iffy
cost: not all you can eat. entry to park Elementary and above 300 yen, one kilo of blueberries to take home from 1,300 yen
5. Ito Farm (Kanagawa-ken) (秦野いとう農園) – Ito Farm offers all you can eat blueberry picking for 40 mins sessions from their 500 blueberry bushes. In July and August, they also offer vegetable picking for tomatoes, corn and other veggies for additional fees. The farm is about 60-80 mins from downtown Tokyo or Yokohama so you might want to combine with a hike or temple visit in the area of Hadona. Here are some suggestions from TripAdvisor.
Ito Farm Details
address: 654 Yokono, Hadano, Kanagawa (神奈川県秦野市横野654)
phone:0463-75-3801 (Japanese language only)
open: July 1st – September 30th; open daily 9:00 – 17:00, closed when raining.
cost:40 mins all you can pick and eat. 5 years and above 800 yen, 5 and under 500 yen
6.Yokohama Asahi Blueberry Forest (Kanagawa-ken) (よこはまあさひブルーベリーの森) – The Yokohama Forest is the easiest to get to from downtown Tokyo and Yokohama. It is very close to Yokohama station by bus or car, or change of train. It is a smaller farm than others but if you want 30 mins all you can pick and eat this is a great urban option. Also, you could combine blueberry picking with a visit to the CupNoodle Museum or the Japan Overseas Migration Museum.
Yokohama Asahi Blueberry Forest
address: 1649 Kawajima, Asahi, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市旭区川島町1649)
phone:080-6732-1187 (Japanese language only)
open: mid-July – mid-September; open daily 9:00 – 12:00, closed when raining.
cost: 30 mins all you ca pick and eat; plus 300 grams blueberry bag to take home for adults 1,500 yen, age 2 and above 150 grams blueberry to take home 800 yen and 2 and under free.
Blueberry Picking Locations
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