A selection of 12 Strawberry Picking farms in Western Saitama, for the 2022 strawberry picking season.
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.
|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.
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 2022 season. However, some of them will wait until spring to open for picking. 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 Coronavirus). Please bear this in mind when making plans for Strawberry Picking in 2022.
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 2022 to (normally May)|
|Hours:||9 am to 4 pm. However, in 2022, they have said there will be days they don’t operate in the afternoon. They will also be taking days off, which is not common when there is not a pandemic. They strongly recommend that in 2022 you ring in advance.|
|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 are 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. 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 have decided to wait until spring to open picking due to the Coronavirus. The shop selling strawberries will open from mid December though.
|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 2022 season it is essential to book in advance.
|🍓Strawberry picking at Yatsu no Sato|
|Address:||2132 Fukuda, Namegawa, Hiki Bezirk, Saitama 355-0803|
|Season:||from January 2nd 2022 to early May.|
|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. 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. Priority is given to people with an advance booking.
|Address:||〒355-0008 Saitama, Higashimatsuyama, Oya, 4212−１|
|Season:||December 15th 2021 to early May 2022|
|Hours:||9 am to 5 pm|
|Online:||Official web page on Higashimatsuyama website|
|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. 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.
|Address:||1262-5 Horigane, Sayama, Saitama 350-1312|
|Season:||Normally January to May, but the opened early for the 2022 season – on November 30th 2021!|
|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
▶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.
|Address:||〒350-0438 113-1, Nishiokubo, Moroyama, Iruma District, Saitama 350-0433|
|Season:||Usually one of the earliest to open, around mid December. However, in 2022 they will not open until after February on account of the coronavirus. It was the same in 2021.|
|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
Our favorite place to pick strawberries when the kids were toddlers also has a detailed blog post all of its own: Strawberry Picking with a play area | SAKADO
|🍓Shimura strawberry farm and flower fields|
|Address:||〒350-0202 Saitama, Sakado, 小沼１０２|
|Season:||Date not yet decided for 2022, but they are aiming to open from mid January 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|
▶The majestic wild tundra swans of Kawajima
▶Fueki Shoyu Kinbue Soy Sauce Park | KAWAJIMA
At or @ Farm is a new and trendy strawberry picking farm, but an initiative by Sankyo-Mokko who’ve been operating in Kawagoe for more than a 100 years. Furthermore, this farm is one of only a few that has longer sessions. That is, the picking session time at At Farm is 45 minutes rather than the usual 30 minutes. In addition, 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:||January 3rd 2022 to early May. However, in 2022 they will only be open from Tuesday to Friday. (That is, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays).|
|Hours:||From 10:30 on weekdays and from 9:30 on weekends.|
|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 close to the site of the old Kawagoe castle and several other attractions.
|🍓Kawagoe Strawberry field Sujino|
|Address:||Saitama, Kawagoe, Matsugojyoukamachi 680‐1|
|Season:||Early January to early May, but the farm will be closed from January 11th to 13th 2022.|
|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
▶28 Things to do in Kawagoe with kids in 2021
Tokorozawa is the new hot spot in Saitama with the opening of Sakura Town, Kadokawa Culture Museum and the EJ Anime Hotel. It also has several other notable attractions such as the Seibu Amusement Park (temporarily closed for renovations), Sayama Indoor Ski Resort and the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park and Aviation museum.
10. Tokorozawa Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry
Large sized BGM strawberries. There is a nice rest area in the greenhouse. They offer 40 minute picking sessions.
|🍓Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry|
|Address:||1168 Shimotomi, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0001|
|Season:||January to May (but they will close for the day on January 11th and possibly other days in January)|
|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:||January to end of April|
|Hours:||Closed on Mondays. 10 am to 3.30 pm. However, in 2022, they are operating on a sessions schedule. There are 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 have grapes and pear picking in the Autumn too.
|🍓Hoya Fruits Farm|
|Address:||〒357-0021 Saitama, Hanno, Namiyanagi, 1484−３|
|Season:||End of December to the middle of May. However, the farm will close for a few days in the middle of January.|
|Hours:||9 am to 3 pm (last entry 2.30 pm). However, in January 2022, they are currently only offering morning sessions.|
|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, 2022, is quite different even to last year, but thankfully, at the moment, there are places you can pick strawberries already. Of course, the situation with the Coronavirus 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. Eight years later and its still going strong in 2022. 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!