A selection of 12 Strawberry Picking farms in Western Saitama, for the 2023 strawberry picking season. Some of these farms are open from December 2022, which is included in the information below.
There are five areas in Saitama: Central, Eastern, Western, Northern and Chichibu. The Western area of Saitama has more cities and towns than the Central, Northern and Chichibu areas combined. The cities and towns in the south of the Western area border Ome, Hamura, Higashimurayama, Kiyose, Nerima and Itabashi in Tokyo also.
|Cities: Kawagoe, Tokorozawa, Hanno, Higashimatsuyama, Sayama, Iruma, Asaka, Shiki, Wako, Niiza, Fujimi, Sakado, Tsurugashima, Hidaka and Fujimino. Towns: Miyoshi, Moroyama, Ogose, Namegawa, Ranzan, Ogawa, Kawajima, Yoshimi, Hatoyama and Tokigawa. (Saitama’s only) Village: Higashichichibu|
Strawberry Picking Saitama
The Strawberry picking season starts as early as mid-December in parts of Saitama, but it is not until the end of January that all the strawberry picking farms are open daily. In 2020 several of the strawberry picking farms closed just weeks after opening for the season on account of the Coronavirus. In 2021, they opened later than normal due to a State of Emergency in the first two months of the year. Last year, 2022, there was a mix and match – some that opened as normal, some that opened later or with restrictions.
However, with this “new life with Corona” it is expected that most (if not all) of the strawberry farms will open for business in the 2023 season. Although, some of them may not open for as long as before the pandemic and you can expect conditions in place. For example, you will have to wear a mask and may have to have your temperature taken before entering the greenhouse.
Strawberry picking farms generally require that you book in advance, but even those that used to allow walk-ins now require advance reservations too (due to the pandemic). Please bear this in mind when making plans for Strawberry Picking in 2023.
The system and cost
Strawberry picking farms in Saitama are all indoor, in temperature regulated greenhouses. The system is, generally speaking, a fixed price for a half of hour of all-you-can-eat as you pick. You pay extra – by weight – to bring strawberries home. The prices per farm differ greatly, some start as cheap as 600 yen for children, but adult costs are usually around 1,800 yen. Most (but not all) farms do not charge for children two years old and under. I have not added the cost to each farm below, because the prices change frequently. Also, as the weather warms, it is not unusual for the farms to lower the price from April. So please do check with each individual farm for the most up-to-date costs (and information). Parking is typically free.
Strawberry picking farms by area
- Yoshimi (#1 for strawberries in Saitama), Imanishi Strawberry Picking Farm
- Kawajima, Strawberry Hunt
- Namegawa, Yatsu no Sato
- Higashimatsuyama, Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park
- Sayama, Berryland
- Moroyama, Ichigo no Sato
- Sakado, Shimura Strawberry Farm
- Kawagoe, @Farm
- Kawagoe, Strawberry fields Sujino
- Tokorozawa, Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry
- Tokorozawa, Arai Farm Happy Strawberry Garden
- Hanno, Hoya Fruits Farm
1. Imanishi Strawberry Picking Farm
According to Saitama Prefecture, Yoshimi is number one for strawberries in Saitama. However, while they maybe number one for volume, even taste, please note the picking farms are quite basic. Yoshimi Imanishi Strawberry Picking Farm is just one of several strawberry farms in the area. It has two greenhouses. One is barrier free.
|🍓Imanishi Strawberry Picking Farm|
|Address:||745 Shimohosoya, Yoshimi, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0118|
|Season:||From January 3rd to early May 2023.|
|Hours:||9 am to 4 pm. This is one place you don’t need to book in advance in 2023, but they strongly recommended that you ring in advance, to make sure they are open. They don’t work to a solid schedule.|
|Map:||On Google Maps|
|In the area:||▶Ichigo No Sato Roadside Station|
▶Luminous Moss, Military Factory and the 100 Caves of Yoshimi
▶Hatchoko Park | YOSHIMI
Back up plan: Imanishi farm is part of a Coop of strawberry picking farms. Information in English for other nearby strawberry farms here (click). There are also strawberry picking farms in neighboring Kawajima Town which is only a ten minute drive away:
2. Strawberry Hunt
The farm also sells Koshihikari rice at a reasonable price. You can get 5 kilo, 10 kilo and 30 kilo bags of Koshihikari Rice at this strawberry farm also. Furthermore, it is close to the Kawajima Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. Please note this farm often closes for the day at lunch time. Moreover, in 2022 they have decided to wait until spring to choose an opening date for the 2022 season.
|Farm:||🍓Strawberry picking at Strawberry Hunt|
|Address:||1072 Kamiomino, Kawajima, Hiki District, Saitama 350-0106|
|Season:||Sales – from mid December|
Picking – usually from mid January to Mid May, but in 2022 they decided to wait until spring to open picking due to the Coronavirus and ultimately closed early too. Waiting on information for the 2023 season.
|Hours:||the farm generally only operates in the morning|
|Map:||On Google maps|
|In the area:||※Dog cafe Bokuranote|
※Arakawa Tarouemon nature park and Honda Airport
※Japan’s longest rose tunnel at Heisei no Mori in 2020
Back up plan: there is another strawberry picking farm very close to Strawberry Hunt called Ichigo Factory. On Google Maps here.
—— Strawberry Picking Western Saitama ——
3. Yatsu no Sato
For a real country / rural experience, Yatsu no Sato is the place to go. They have several different farming and picking experiences throughout the year. Moreover, there are horses and goats in the area and it has a great little café and antique shop. Please note that for the 2023 season, just like last year, it is essential to book in advance.
|🍓Strawberry picking at Yatsu no Sato|
|Address:||2132 Fukuda, Namegawa, Hiki Bezirk, Saitama 355-0803|
|Season:||January 2nd to early May 2023.|
|Hours:||10 am to 3 pm|
|In the area:||▶Hilltop farm cafe|
▶Hanami BBQ at Shinrin Park| NAMEGAWA
4. Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park
The strawberry picking farm at Higashimatsuyama Park was recently upgraded. In addition, there is now a cafe and a play area. As it is a municipal facility it is one of the cheapest places to pick strawberries in the Western Area of Saitama. It is also one of the earliest to start their season. Priority is given to people with an advance booking.
|Address:||〒355-0008 Saitama, Higashimatsuyama, Oya, 4212−１|
|Season:||December 15th 2022 to early May 2023|
|Hours:||9 am to 5 pm|
|Online:||Official web page on Higashimatsuyama website|
More information in English
|In the area:||▶Botanen Playground | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA|
▶Best of Saitama: Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA
▶Garden and Cafe Prunus | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA
5. Sayama Berryland
The Sayama Berryland farm is probably the best known among the foreign community. Moreover, it is the largest strawberry picking farm in all of Kanto (the Greater Tokyo area). Apart from strawberries, this farm also has blueberries and mushrooms. The season start for this farm differs greatly from year to year. Last year it started on November 30th (2021)! But this year it will start on Wednesday December 14th. And you can start booking online from Sunday December 11th.
|Address:||1262-5 Horigane, Sayama, Saitama 350-1312|
|Season:||December 14th 2022 until early May 2023 (all things equal)|
|Hours:||10 am to 4.30 pm|
|In the area:||▶Sayama Municipal Museum, Inariyama Park and Kome To Cha Cafe | SAYAMA|
▶Best of Saitama: Chikozan Park | SAYAMA which has a beautiful wintersweet garden in bloom in January / February.
▶Santome Konjaku – outdoor theme park
6. Barrier free Ichigo no Sato Moroyama
Ichigo no Sato has two different farms AND an all year round shop Strawberry Garden. This information is for their farm in the Nishiokubo area of Moroyama. Picking at Ichigo no Sato is a 50 minute session and they offer all-you-can-eat toppings for free. It is a popular strawberry picking farm that features on TV often. Moreover, it is normally one of the first to open, but that has not been the case since the pandemic began. You need to book in advance, but it can only be done a day in advance. From February, the 11th of the month is “Wanko no Hi” and dogs are welcome for the afternoon sessions.
|Address:||〒350-0438 113-1, Nishiokubo, Moroyama, Iruma District, Saitama 350-0433|
|Season:||January 3rd to either mid or late May 2023.|
|Hours:||10 am to 3 pm|
More detailed information in English
|Map:||On Google Maps|
|In the area:||※The farm’s all year round Strawberry Garden Cafe|
※Izumo Iwai Shrine, the Yabusame shrine in Moroyama
7. Shimura Farm
This was my favorite place to pick strawberries when my kids were toddlers. And as you can see in the photo – it has a lovely play area. Actually since I wrote this post, and the detailed blog post about the farm Strawberry Picking with a play area, the farm has continued to evolve and improve.
|🍓Shimura strawberry farm and flower fields|
|Address:||〒350-0202 Saitama, Sakado, 小沼１０２|
|Season:||Friday January 20th 2023 until the strawberries run out!|
|Hours:||Closed on Mondays. It depends, but generally from 9 am. You can ring from 8 am and check the hours for the day.|
|In the area:||▶Sumiyoshi Sakura Kawazu Cherry Blossoms in Saitama – closer on foot than in the car because you can walk along the embankment to get to it.|
▶The majestic wild tundra swans of Kawajima – same: closer on foot than in the car. There is a foot bridge you can walk but not drive over that leads to the swan habitat.
▶Fueki Shoyu Kinbue Soy Sauce Park | KAWAJIMA
At or @ Farm is the newest and trendiest strawberry picking farm on the list. They only started their strawberry picking in 2020. But it is an initiative by Sankyo-Mokko who’ve been operating in Kawagoe for more than a 100 years. In 2022 they only opened Tuesday to Friday. (That is, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays). But for the 2023 season they are aiming to open every day but Mondays. Moreover, this year they are offering picking from mid December on select dates. Booking is already open for the December dates. The farm also grows tomatoes for picking and they have a lovely cafe on the grounds that is open all year round.
|Address:||1043-3 Imafuku, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-1151|
|Season:||December 17th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 27th and 28th. Then from January to early May.|
|Hours:||In December you can either get a session at 10 am or 11 am.|
From January there will be one session a day on weekdays (except Mondays) at 11.30 am. On weekends – either 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm or 2.30 pm.
|In the area:||▶Kamifukuoka Kid’s US Land | FUJIMINO|
▶Nishinohara Central Park| FUJIMINO
▶Santome Konjaku – outdoor theme park
9. Kawagoe Strawberry field Sujino
Combine a trip to the historic “Edo” period Kawagoe town with some strawberry picking. Located just outside the tourist area in the rural part of Kawagoe, yet still close to the site of the old Kawagoe castle and several other attractions.
|🍓Kawagoe Strawberry field Sujino|
|Address:||Saitama, Kawagoe, Matsugojyoukamachi 680‐1|
|Season:||January 5th to early or mid May 2023. They take a couple of days off a month – they post the dates to their website at the start of the month.|
|Hours:||10 am to 4 pm|
|In the area:||▶Miyoshino Shrine 三芳野神社 Hatsukari Park, Kawagoe|
▶Isanuma Bouken No Mori Adventure Forest Kawagoe
▶Things to do in Kawagoe with kids
Tokorozawa is the new hot spot in Saitama that opened while Japan was closed to the rest of the world. Sakura Town, TeamLab Acorn Forest, Kadokawa Culture Museum and the EJ Anime Hotel are among the new facilities in Tokorozawa. It also has several other long standing notable attractions too, such as the Seibuen Amusement Park, Sayama Indoor Ski Resort and the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park and Aviation museum.
10. Tokorozawa Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry
Tokorozawa Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry has large sized BGM strawberries. There is a nice rest area in the greenhouse. They offer 40 minute picking sessions. You need to book in advance, but you can only do it from the day before you want to pick.
|🍓Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry|
|Address:||1168 Shimotomi, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0001|
|Season:||January 14th 2023 until the strawberries run out.|
|Hours:||Closed on Mondays. 10 am to 3 pm|
|In the area:||▶Environmental School and Storyteller Museum, Santome|
▶Santome Konjaku – outdoor theme park
▶Cats Eye Play and Sports Centre | SAYAMA
11. Arai Farm Happy Strawberry Garden
Only an hour from Tokyo and accessible by public transport – a bus from the east exit of Tokorozawa station to Shiro bus stop. This farm also has 40 minute picking sessions.
|🍓Happy Strawberry Garden|
|Address:||515 Shiro, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0013|
|Season:||They are only opening on select dates in January, shown on their website, and information not yet available for February and beyond.|
|Hours:||Closed on Mondays. 10 am to 3 pm. In 2022, they operated on a sessions schedule. There were two sessions a day. One at 11 am and the other at 1 pm. You need to book online in advance.|
|In the area:||▶TeamLab Acorn Forest, Higashi Tokorozawa Park|
▶Tokorozawa Sakura Town Kadokawa Restaurant
▶The complete guide to the Kadokawa Musashino Museum
12. Hoya Fruits Farm
I have not been to this one myself, but it has a very good reputation. They also have grape and pear picking in the Autumn.
|🍓Hoya Fruits Farm|
|Address:||〒357-0021 Saitama, Hanno, Namiyanagi, 1484−３|
|Season:||December 30th 2022 to the middle of May 2023.|
|Hours:||9 am to 3 pm (last entry 2.30 pm). However, in 2022 they only offered morning sessions early on in the season.|
|In the area:||▶Moomin Valley, Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest|
▶Asu Sports Park, Hanno City
▶Metsä Village – a Finnish leisure park in Hanno
—— Places to pick strawberries in Saitama ——
This year, 2023, is still quite different to pre pandemic, but thankfully things are better than last year and 2021. Of course, the situation with the pandemic could easily lead to last minute changes in hours and even availability. Please, do always check with the official website or ring ahead for the latest information. If you would like more information in English on a particular farm, please ask in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Also, please feel free to add your own recommendations in the comment area.
Strawberry Picking in Saitama was first published on January 18th 2014. Nine years later and its still going strong. It is actually one of my all time favorite pieces to date and one of the most successful ‘evergreen’ posts on the blog 🙂 . Thank you very much for your continued support. It was moved to the events section of the blog in January 2019. It was completely revamped and moved back to the main section of the blog in October 2020! Last update: January 14th 2023.