Strawberry Picking Saitama: Shimura Farm with Play Area
Our favorite strawberry picking greenhouse to date…
Strawberry Picking Saitama – Today, we visited a greenhouse type strawberry picking farm in Sakado. This farm has been on my radar since I saw a small write-up about it in a Walker magazine. I was certainly glad we went to check it out. In previous years, we’ve picked our strawberries and ate them and headed home or onto another nearby location.
However, today, we spent the whole afternoon at the Shimura Strawberry Farm and Flower Fields. Half an hour was spent picking and eating the delicious strawberries. Afterward, the rest of the time was spent enjoying the free extra services of the fruit picking farm (gallery below). They have a number of different greenhouses. The reception is in “Dai Ichi”, where you take off your shoes and put on slippers. We picked in Dai Ni today, which is connected to the main greenhouse for ease of movement.
Within “Dai 2” there are 3 different types of strawberries you can choose from. All were sweet and delicious. They use bees in the greenhouse for pollination, but they are not dangerous. The beds are raised making them easier to pick and less likely to have mold. My 1 year old was easily able to navigate the aisles and even pick her own strawberries.
Like most greenhouses it was very warm; therefore it is one good reason to pick in winter. Of all the strawberry picking greenhouse farms I have been to, I like this one the most. It was excellent value for money given that my kids enjoyed playing indoors and outdoors before and after picking.
I could sip complimentary tea and green tea, available to all customers, while the kids played. Its location is good for anyone who drives as it is so close to the highway. It is on the Ken-o highway, Sakado exit, very close to the Tsurgashima Interchange for the Kanetsu expressway making it accessible not only to people in Saitama, but other areas of Kanto too.
There isn’t much in the immediate area though (nearby attractions below), but they do have a fish farm next door and flower fields, the latter of which is free to anyone. We enjoyed a walk up the embankment. You can sometimes see swans and Tsuru, Japanese crane, in the surrounding rice paddies too; we were particularly lucky to see a whole flock of swans!
Strawberry Picking Saitama: play area in photos
Shimura Farm Information
SEASON: January to (depends on the harvest, generally mid April)
OPENING HOURS: from 10 am, generally Tuesday to Sunday. However:
TEL: 080-5028-1062 phone between 8am and 6pm.
Reservations are generally not required, but if it is a particularly busy year there maybe a change to the system as happened in 2018.
Public Toilets and Free Parking.
For 30 minutes all-you-can-eat:
Adults and children over 6
￥１，４００ 2016 increased to 1800 yen.
Children aged 3 to 6
￥１，２００ 2016 increased to 1400 yen.
2 year olds
￥４００ 2016 reduced to 200 yen.
Under 2 toddlers are free. Discounts are available for school groups of more than 10.
Approximately one kilometre or three minutes by car from the Sakado exit of the Ken-O expressway.
For lists of places to strawberry pick in Japan, please scroll to the bottom of the article. For even more information on the strawberry picking system in Japan and some farms in Kanto, please see: http://kajapan.org/places/strawberry-picking-in-kanto/
Sakado Jidokan – free children’s community centre with planetarium
Sakado Taoist Temple – A popular backdrop for cosplayers
Kawagoe “Little Edo” Tourist Town
- A popular activity with kids – edo period candy craft http://insaitama.com/edo-period-candy-craft-in-kawagoe/
- Giant animals made out of styrofoam in Kawagoe http://insaitama.com/kawagoe-styrofoam/
- Wind chimes at Hikawa Shrine http://insaitama.com/wind-chimes-at-hikawa-shrine-in-kawagoe/
- The very famous and very beautiful Kitain temple and historic house http://insaitama.com/autumn-leaves-at-edo-castle-remains-kitain-temple/
Heisei no Mori park, with Japan’s largest rose tunnel
Meiji Sakado Factory Tour
Other Strawberry Picking Articles
Each prefecture in the Kanto area – Tokyo, Saitama, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma and Chiba – have several places you can pick strawberries during the season from January to May. Below is a selection of articles with all the information you need to find a strawberry picking greenhouse in the Greater Tokyo area.
- The Strawberry Picking system in Japan plus a selection of farms across Kanto: http://kajapan.org/places/strawberry-picking-in-kanto/
- Strawberry Picking Saitama: https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/Saitama/MPbdG
- Chiba Strawberry Picking farms: https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/Saitama/wm1aw
- Strawberry Picking Kanagawa: https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/Saitama/wN40z
- Places to Strawberry Pick in Tokyo, Tochigi, Gunma: https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/Saitama/z3qOw
- Strawberry Picking in Naruto, Chiba: https://chanceadventurer.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/strawberry-picking-in-naruto-%E8%8B%BA%E4%B8%80%E4%BC%9A/
Over the years, I have written quite a lot of articles about Strawberry Picking in Japan. It is not that we pick strawberries a lot, it is just that when I first researched strawberry picking Saitama there was no information in English. I subsequently realized that there was limited information for the whole of the Kanto region and I wanted to fill the void. Thus, I had found a niche and it has served me well… or rather, I have served it well!