Information for the all year round strawberry cafe, Strawberry Garden, and the seasonal – famous barrier free sightseeing – strawberry picking farm, Ichigo no Sato, in Moroyama town, Saitama (near Tokyo) Japan.
Ichigo no Sato is one of the most famous strawberry picking farms in the Kanto plain. Moreover, it was one of the highest ranked. It frequently makes the top ten strawberry farms list in the Greater Tokyo area, as ranked by users on various tourism sites online. Furthermore, the farm is often featured on television and in travel magazines. The shop, Strawberry Garden, has been on the TV several times too. It is an all-year-round strawberry and Baum Kuchen cafe. (The picking farms are seasonal.) They also make Christmas cakes which you can order for pick up. The shop and one of the picking farms is in the Nishiokubo area of Moroyama right on the border of Sakado. Their other greenhouse for picking is in the Saido area of Moroyama.
①The cafe / shop – Strawberry Garden
②Barrier Free Strawberry picking tourist farm – Ichigo no Sato
①The Cafe / Shop
The Strawberry Garden cafe is relatively new, it opened about a year ago. And already its been featured on the TV several times. The sweets cafe is another notch on the belt, so to speak, of the Ichigo no Sato picking farms. They serve delicious strawberry desserts all year round. But they also specialize in Baum Kuchen. In addition, you can order Christmas cake here annually (before the shop, you would order Christmas cake directly from the main picking farm).
Due to the Coronavirus you can’t actually sit in the cafe to eat at the moment. But you can get take away. And they have a few tables and chairs outside. Its not particularly big indoors anyway. With just a few tables and chairs and counter space for about 6 people. At the moment the space is being used to sell handmade goods.
They sell all sorts of strawberry sweets, desserts and preserves. They even sell gift sets with strawberry based goodies such as jam and preserves. Their baum kuchen is quite popular too. You can also buy ice-cream. Their most popular product is their shaved strawberry dish. Its sort of like a shaved ice dessert but with more strawberry than ice. When it is strawberry picking season you can get all sorts of fresh strawberry sweets. Their strawberry roll is particularly well regarded. They have drinks on the menu too, including a strawberry smoothie. You can get tea and coffee also.
Strawberry Garden Information
|Address:||1014-2 Nishiokubo, Moroyama, Iruma District, Saitama 350-0433. View on Maps.|
|Hours:||9:30 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday.|
Closed on Mondays.
|Cost:||Around 350 yen per item|
If you are coming from Sakado, the shop / cafe is on route 114, known as the ‘Kawagoe Ogose route’, just as you come off the bridge that crosses the Koma river. There is parking in front of the cafe and at the back of it too.
By public transport both Kawakado and Ipponmatsu stations are about a 20 minute walk from the cafe. They are both on the Tobu Ogose line.
Ichigo no Sato strawberry Picking Farm
There are four things that I personally like about Ichigo no Sato strawberry picking farm:
- it is open from early December (pre pandemic),
- it is child friendly,
- you get to pick for 50 minutes rather than the usual 30 minutes
- they have some additional services
Strawberry Garden (the cafe) is open all year round, but the picking is seasonal. Before the pandemic they were one of the first to open, often opening in mid December. They usually operate until mid or late May. It depends on the condition of the strawberries and they will post to the official website when they plan to close.
In 2020 they closed early in the season due to the pandemic. I think it was mid February. Then in both 2021 and 2022 they didn’t open until late in the season, around mid March. However, in 2023, they are opening in early January. See the information table for dates etc. Please note that since the pandemic began you have to book in advance to visit. But, you can only book from the day before you want to go (in January anyway). If there is an x on the date it means there are no bookings left.
There are two different greenhouses at Ichigo no Sato strawberry picking farm. The information and photos in this post are for the Nishiokubo picking farm which is an one minute drive from the cafe. But both greenhouses have a kids play area. Moreover, both are barrier free.
Their picking time is longer than most. They have 50 minute picking slots, whereas most places only offer 30 minutes. The farm has some additional services such as ice-cream and chocolate toppings provided to dip your strawberries into. There are tables and you can help yourself to drinks. For an extra cost you can participate in cooking classes, such as jam-making.
Strawberry picking with dogs
Dog owners also really like this strawberry picking farm, because from February, every month the 11th is “wanko no hi”, which means dog day, at the Nishiokubo greenhouse. You can bring your dogs strawberry picking on those days for 500 yen per dog. However, it is only the 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm sessions.
Ichigo no Sato Information
Again, they have two different greenhouses. They are actually about a 40 minute walk or 6 minute drive from each other. The information and photos in this post are for the one near the Strawberry Garden cafe, in the Nishiokubo area of Moroyama. The Nishiokubo Greenhouse is about a one minute drive / ten minute walk from Strawberry Garden cafe.
|Season:||January 3rd until mid or late May 2023 (depending on the condition of the strawberries). The greenhouses are closed on Mondays|
|Hours:||10 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Sunday, sessions done on the hour, every hour.|
|Address:||〒350-0438 113-1, Nishiokubo, Moroyama, Iruma District, Saitama 350-0433|
|Phone:||for reservations ~ 049-295-8015|
|Cost:||50 minutes for adults and children over 6 is 2800 yen during high season. For children aged between 3 and 6 it is 2000 yen and for children under 3 it costs 500 yen. They also charge 500 yen for dogs (on Wanko no Hi). The prices come down around April 11th and are reduced further in May.|
Calendar and reservation page
By train: the picking farm is about a 25 walk from Kawakado Station and about a 40 minute walk from Bushu Nagase train stations on the Tobu Ogose line.
By car: about a five minute drive from the Sakado-Nishi SMART Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. Please note that you need to have an ETC card to use a SMART interchange. If you don’t have an ETC card, you can use the Tsurugashima exit of the highway which is about a 12 minute drive from the farm. On Google Maps.
First published in October 2020 with just information for Strawberry Garden. Updated with information for Ichigo no Sato in November 2021 and republished on January 8th 2023 on January 4th date.