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How to Enjoy Strawberry Picking in Japan: 3 Places Near Tokyo Where You Can Find a Great Selection

How to Enjoy Strawberry Picking in Japan: 3 Places Near Tokyo Where You Can Find a Great Selection

Date published: 14 January 2019
Last updated: 18 January 2021

Strawberry picking is one of the most popular activities for spring in Japan. From December to early May, strawberry farms across the country will open to customers. You will be able to enjoy all-you-can-eat strawberries and you’ll pick them yourself!

Today we’ll look at strawberry farms in the greater Tokyo area that are easy to reach. No need to book or call in advance; just go and enjoy your time. Also, read on to learn the secrets of picking strawberries in Japan to make the best out of your experience.

Table of Contents
  1. What to know before picking strawberries in Japan
  2. How to pick strawberries in Japan perfectly!
  3. 1. Kawatsura Strawberry Farm (Chiba)
  4. 2. Kamakura Tourist Strawberry Farm (Kanagawa)
  5. 3. ICHIGO LAND NAKANISHI (Shizuoka), for the whole family
  6. Book an unforgettable strawberry picking activity in Japan!

What to know before picking strawberries in Japan

What to know before picking strawberries in Japan
Easy-to-reach strawberries

Strawberry picking is one of the most popular activities for spring in Japan. From December to early May, strawberry farms across the country will open to customers. You will be able to enjoy all-you-can-eat strawberries and you’ll pick them yourself!

Today we’ll look at strawberry farms in the greater Tokyo area that are easy to reach. No need to book or call in advance; just go and enjoy your time. Also, read on to learn the secrets of picking strawberries in Japan to make the best out of your experience.

How to pick strawberries in Japan perfectly!

How to pick strawberries in Japan perfectly!
The stems of the strawberries are thin. Pay attention not to crush the fruit when picking it

It would be a waste to accidentally ruin the fruit, so here is how you pick strawberries perfectly.

1. Grip the strawberry stem between your index and middle finger. Be sure to keep it around your middle knuckles, and getting as close to the strawberry as possible is advised.

2. Gently turn the strawberry upwards and pinch the fruit with your thumb. Pay attention not to apply too much pressure to avoid squeezing the strawberry.

3. Use your thumb to slightly push the strawberry out, and move the fingers holding the stem back and forth, to loosen the pedicle.

If the stem of the strawberry you want to pick is relatively thick and you cannot pick it this way, you can first hold the strawberry with one hand, and then use your other hand to hold the stem to pick it.

In addition to not squeezing the strawberry in your hand, you need to pay attention not to damage the plant and stems the farmers have worked hard to cultivate. Do not just tug on the strawberry without holding the stem, as this can damage the plant.

1. Kawatsura Strawberry Farm (Chiba)

1. Kawatsura Strawberry Farm (Chiba)

Kawatsura Strawberry Farm is located in Chiba, neighboring Tokyo. It takes about one hour and a half by train from JR Tokyo Station to JR Narita Station. From there a taxi reaches the destination in about 10 minutes, for a fare of roughly 1,000 yen.

The farm will cost 1,500 yen to access and enjoy, and the staff will drive you back to the station. There are no online reservations, but the website is available also in English.

A cute strawberry sign welcomes you

At Kawatsura Strawberry Farm, the output of fruit is quite stable from December to May, so don’t be afraid there may not be strawberries to pick. The farm uses bee pollination to propagate the plants. Since the strawberries grow and reproduce freely, without much human intervention, the flavor is special. The owner of the farm has put a lot of effort into a variety of cultivation methods.

As long as you don’t bother them, the bees won’t sting, so don’t be afraid to enjoy your strawberry picking

There are 5 to 8 kinds of strawberries grown in the greenhouse. In addition to the popular “Beni Hoppe,” with its strong sweetness, and the plump “Akihime,” you will also find rare Chiba strawberry varieties, like the “Chiba Berry” and the “Crimson Misuzu.”

The staff will open a particular greenhouse once the berries are ready. Although you can’t choose which variety to try and you can’t enter greenhouses that aren't open, you can still taste and compare the strawberry qualities that are available to pick.

  • Kawatsura Strawberry Farm
    かわつら苺園
    • Address 478 Hayafune Sanmu, Chiba Japan
    • Hours: From 9:20 am (actual opening 10 a.m.)
      Closed: Irregular holidays
      Website: http://www.kawatsura15.com/e/

2. Kamakura Tourist Strawberry Farm (Kanagawa)

2. Kamakura Tourist Strawberry Farm (Kanagawa)

Kamakura Sightseeing Strawberry Garden is only open on weekends and national holidays. From Ofuna Station in Kamakura, take the Shonan Monorail to Shonan-Fukasawa Station (about 1 hour) and then walk 10 minutes. There will already be a long line of new and repeating customers before the doors open.

Also, since the growth of the strawberries during the previous evening determines whether it will be open the next day, if too many people come on Saturday, the garden won’t open the following day or even the following week. If you want to visit, make sure you check the official website first, and try to get there early to avoid long waiting times.

Original Kamakura Strawberry, but with a look similar to the Beni Hoppe variety

Kamakura Sightseeing Strawberry Farm's main feature is that in addition to the Red Hoppe strawberry and its outstanding sweetness, it also has its own brand of strawberry, with a fresh and sweet flavor. In the front of the greenhouse, you will find the Beni Hoppe strawberry variety and, in the back, the original brand. You can taste the clear difference between the two.

Another feature is that the farm uses hydroponic cultivation. Only the plants' roots are in soil, while the rest is in water. This way, even if the seedlings are large and full-fruited, the stems will remain slender, making it easier to harvest the fruit.

One of the pleasures of picking strawberries by yourself, is that you can see all kinds of weirdly-shaped strawberries
  • Kamakura Sightseeing Strawberry Farm
    鎌倉観光いちご園
    • Address 2-11 Fueda Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
    • Hours: From 9:30 a.m. (access from 10 a.m. for 30 minutes)
      Open Saturday, Sunday, and holidays

      Website: http://kamakura15.com/

3. ICHIGO LAND NAKANISHI (Shizuoka), for the whole family

3. ICHIGO LAND NAKANISHI (Shizuoka), for the whole family
Plastic mats are laid in the greenhouse, so you don’t have to worry about getting your shoes dirty

The Izu Peninsula, protruding into the Pacific Ocean, is not only a popular tourist spot for maritime sports and hobbies, but also for its strawberry farms.

ICHIGO LAND NAKANISHI is located by Izu-Atagawa Station. From Tokyo Station, take the JR Tokaido Main Line Superview Odoriko for about 2 hours. You will arrive at your destination with no transfers. From there, take a taxi for a 5-minute ride to ICHIGO LAND NAKANISHI.

They also have a nice souvenir shop. Don’t forget to visit it before leaving.

Even though the strawberries are planted directly into the ground, they are elevated, so they are easy to pick without bending over. Everyone from adults to children can enjoy strawberry picking. The ground is covered with a plastic mat that makes it easy and safe to move. Here you can also buy a homemade strawberry jam prepared with no additives for 500 yen.

  • ICHIKOLAND NAKANISHI
    いちごらんど中西
    • Address 1381-2 Narahon Higashiizu-cho Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
    • Hours: 9am
      Closed: Irregularly
      Website: https://ichigo-land.com/

The farms presented here all offer condensed milk. After trying the strawberries as they are, also try dipping them in the delicious cream!

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*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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