Enomoto Dairy Farm – family run, amiable dairy farm in rural Ageo, Saitama, but close to big cities and even Tokyo itself. The Enomoto Dairy Farm reminds me of the farms at home in Ireland. Its most famous acclaim is its delicious ice-cream, or as they call it ‘gelato’, which has been featured on TV. Some say its the best south of Hokkaido! And the farm is known fondly as Little Hokkaido in Ageo! In more recent years, the farm features in cycling magazines as a suitable place to rest and refresh on the Arakawa cycle course route.
Information for Tokushoji temple has been moved to its own post.
Enomoto Dairy Farm
You can buy fresh milk products including their famed gelato. There are also options for cow milking and workshops. Enomoto farm is frequently mentioned in guide books to Saitama with small children, due to the selection of bikes and push along toys kids can play with for free. There is also a wild playground to entertain the kids (as if the animals weren’t enough!) And in spring there are cherry blossoms and rapeseed. There are seasonal events too such as fireworks viewing¹, barbecue and a candle night.
¹You can see the annual Ageo fireworks from Enomoto Dairy Farm and they stay open especially for people to watch from the farm. Please note there have been no Ageo fireworks since 2022. Moreover, they are indefinitely suspended. All the information here.
Things to do at Enomoto Dairy Farm Saitama
The farm has cows – as you would expect! At any one time, they have between 60 to 70 cows. Most of which are Holstein. There are always a few baby or young calves too. You can walk into the cow sheds and see them up close. You can also watch the milking from a dais above the main cow milking area in the farm.
The farm also has at least five pigs and they also have the cutest mini pigs too. They have several small hutches housing rabbits, chickens and a guinea pig. They (used to?) have donkeys, I haven’t seen them for a while. And then there are the cats. At least five of them. One of whom, much to my kid’s delight, is particularly friendly. Turns out s/he has become “instafamous”!
In recent years, they’ve added a few ‘instagenic’ spots, with camera stands set up so you can take selfies. They include a large cow made out of bails of hay, a cow seat and a pig seat! They also have a photo stand by the open cow pen by the Arakawa. Very useful for taking a New Year photo for the year of the Ox (2021).
The main courtyard, at the front of the famous ice-cream shop, used to be home to dozens of push along rides. However, in 2020, they changed the set up a bit, possibly due to the Coronavirus. The main courtyard is now a seating area. They still have the push along rides, albeit a much smaller selection – about ten rides – at the back of the courtyard. They are all free to use.
There is a wild playground with tire swings and an old tractor that kids can muck about on. There is a zip line too, that has been fixed up this year (2020) and is working again.
For older children and adults you can try your hand at dairy farming! They have sessions when you can milk the cows for a nominal fee. They also have butter making classes. The dairy farm Saitama also has a course where you can try five different dairy farming experiences for just 2200 yen (please do check the website for the most up-to-date prices). You can book through the website linked in the information section.
New free experience in 2021 OVER
They have guinea pigs out on the weekends that you can hold. There is no charge and no fixed period. They seem to be out all day everyday and you help yourself to a hold! Its a lovely experience for children. Update February 23rd – you can no longer hold the guinea pigs, you can only pet them in their box. But as of January 2023, they sometimes leave out snacks for the guinea pigs that you can feed them – free of charge.
There are a few benches and a couple of picnic tables you can sit at, but I don’t know if you can picnic here. You can of course eat their delicious ice-cream. Prices start at ￥
262 400 for a cone or cup of fresh ice-cream. They have new cow design ice-cream cups in 2023. They also sell coffee. And there is a vending machine by the cyclists stand at the front of the courtyard that sells drinks too.
There is a barbecue section beside the two car parks. It has a view of the outdoor cow pens where there are also donkeys. And it is beside the adventure playground. The bring-your-own food barbecue is really reasonably priced at just 220 yen per person to rent the space. You can rent all the necessary barbecue equipment for 1110 yen. Booking in advance is recommended.
For the seven or eight years I had at least one toddler underfoot, this was a favorite spot for cherry blossom viewing. In Enomoto Farm in Ageo City is ideal for hanami with kids. The majority of the cherry blossoms are at the back of the farm past the BBQ area and by the Arakawa (Ara River). However, with young toddlers the main courtyard is a great place to enjoy hanami with the rides for kids.
There are a couple of yaezakura – the late blooming fluffy cherry blossoms – that bloom mid April opposite the entrance to the farm. They are back dropped by the rapeseed along the river that bloom from around end of February to the end of April. You can also see strawberry candle flowers later in spring, around May.
The farm is on a popular cycling course. They have a cycle course map and information spot in the rest area. There are several bike stands at the farm for cyclists to leave their bikes. I don’t know which came first, the information or the cyclists, but nowadays there are more cyclists than kids!
Tokushoji is just across the road from Enomoto Farm. With its giant kaya, some interesting statues and beautiful floral fonts its worth a visit while you’re at the farm. Read more…
The free push alongs at Enomoto Farm are quite old as are the play things in the BBQ area and its lacking in some areas, such as accessibility and baby facilities, but its a lovely place to visit especially with children. The family feel and the relaxed atmosphere make it an enjoyable place to visit – for those in the area – time and time again.
Enomoto Dairy Farm Saitama
|Enomoto Dairy Farm Saitama|
|Address:||736-1 Azeyoshi, Ageo, Saitama 362-0065|
|Hours:||9.30 am to 5 pm.|
It opens late a couple of times a year for seasonal events.
|Cost:||Playing is free. |
Ice-cream, barbecue and experiences start from 262 yen.
It is a little tricky by car the first time as the entrance is easy to miss. It is right beside a cemetery on a corner, which is a good landmark to know when to turn. The closest parking is just after you turn the corner on the left hand side. There is more parking further down at the back of the farm.
By public transport you can get either a loop bus or a Tobu bus from Ageo Station. The Tobu bus goes from the the west entrance of Ageo Station. Take the bus bound for Nishiageo bus depot via Azeyoshi 「畔吉経由西上尾車庫行き」and alight at Azeyoshi bus stop.
- Cherry Blossoms at Kitamoto Children’s Park
- Experience: Hanami (uncoveringjapan.com)
- It’s Hanami Time! (ohmyomiyage.wordpress.com)
- Another dairy farm in Saitama
Enomoto Dairy Farm was first published as “Hanami Spots with Toddlers, Enomoto Farm Ageo” in March 2013. Last update on January 19th 2023.