Strawberry Picking in Yoshimi, Saitama

Strawberry picking in Yoshimi

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Winter / Spring strawberry picking is popular for family and school outings in Japan from February through May. However, some of the winter strawberry green houses open for picking as early as mid December. Our local greenhouses, with public strawberry picking, open officially from next week. We got in ahead of the crowd and enjoyed a half hour of all-you-can-eat, pick your own, strawberries today in Yoshimi Town.

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Ichigo no Sato in Yoshimi Town is one of the better known strawberry picking areas in Saitama. Ichigo no Sato is a “roadside station” (道の駅) on prefectural route 27. “Ichigo” is the japanese for strawberry and this rest area was so named due to the abundance of strawberry fields in the area. The rest area has a very nice playground, fruit and vegetable shops and stalls, an udon restaurant, an ice-cream van, a cafe & bakery, and facilities for people on long journeys such as restrooms and changing rooms. There is a strawberry picking greenhouse right beside the roadside station, but that does not open for business until later in the month. They provide maps in each of the shops to direct you to other strawberry picking facilities in the vicinity;
Ichigo no sato area yoshimi

The price varies greatly between each strawberry picking farm, not only within Yoshimi, but surrounding areas too. Note, the price for strawberry picking in greenhouses changes as the weather warms, with December through March being more expensive than April and May. Logical when you think of the extra expense of keeping a greenhouse at the right temperature during the cold months. Speaking of which, greenhouses can often be uncomfortably warm and humid, especially if you are wearing heavy winter clothes.

Strawberry picking in yoshimi

The greenhouse we chose, ①-1 on the map, offered 30 minutes all you can pick and eat strawberries for 600 yen for a child aged 3 and up to 6th grade elementary school and 1200 yen for anything older than that.  From April 1st, the prices come down to 500 yen for children and a 1000 yen for adults.  If you want to buy strawberries you’ve picked, but haven’t eaten it costs 100 yen per 100 gram.  30 minutes was plenty time with young children. The website is http://www.geocities.jp/i_ichigoen/d-annai.html#d-ryokin (Japanese only).  There is room for about 6 cars in front of the greenhouse and more were parallel parked on the road behind it. Their internet site says they have a toilet.

The prices, as well as contact details and webpages where applicable, of the strawberry farms on the above map can be seen in this photo below.

Ichigo no sato area farms and prices

Nearby Attractions include:

Playground at Ichigo no Sato | Yoshimi

Luminous Moss, Military Factory and 100 Caves of Yoshimi | YOSHIMI

Iwamuro Kannon | YOSHIMI

There are strawberry picking areas in the neighbouring town of Kawajima too. Most of those farms are still closed for business, but there is one open called Strawberry Hunt. These greenhouses also often 30 minute all-you-can-eat, but at the more expensive price of 1,600 yen for adults and 1,100 yen for children from January through May.  The address is 1072 Mushizuka, Kawajima Town.

Other areas in Saitama known for strawberry picking include Chichibu City, Ranzan, Yokoze and Kawajima Towns. Our favourite is in Sakado and that one has a play area too:

Strawberry Picking with a play area | SAKADO

If you can read Japanese, you can find links to strawberry picking farms on the Saitama prefectural website.  For an overview of the fruit picking seasons,  Japan Guide has a good summary here.

FOR A LIST OF STRAWBERRY FARMS IN ENGLISH, WITH AREA, TELEPHONE NUMBER, URL AND SEASON DATES PLEASE SEE http://kajapan.org/places/strawberry-picking-in-kanto/

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0 thoughts on “Strawberry Picking in Yoshimi, Saitama”

  • freebutfun

    January 19, 2014 at 03:07

    I know a couple of toddlers who would love those 30 minutes!

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    • Elle

      January 19, 2014 at 20:48

      😀 Paradise for the wee ones!

      Reply
  • theblackberryboys

    January 19, 2014 at 05:07

    Wow, this sounds like fun!I would love all that strawberry in january.I think Blackberry#1 would enjoy the picking part too.And how do these early greenhouse strawberries taste?

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    • Elle

      January 19, 2014 at 20:49

      Delicious! Much sweeter than I had anticipated. Not as nice as blackberries though 😉

      Reply
  • cocomino

    January 19, 2014 at 09:20

    I also sometimes go to strawberry picking. There is also the place in Sayama. It’s not far from my house.
    http://www.sayama-sb.com/

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    • Elle

      January 19, 2014 at 20:51

      Thank you so much for posting that link. I am writing a post for another blog (kajapan.org) and I have Berryland in Sayama on my list, I just haven’t been there yet. Glad to hear you like it.

      Reply
  • emmadotsophie

    January 20, 2014 at 13:42

    Great post! I’ve been invited by a friend to go on a full day bus tour to pick strawberries, make taiyaki, and other things. It’s expensive but sounds like it’ll be worth it. I love strawberries!

    http://emmadotsophie.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/23-reasons-im-glad-i-moved-from-tassie-to-nagoya/

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    • Elle

      January 20, 2014 at 21:24

      It sounds like a great tour. And strawberries are always a bonus. 🙂 I love the variation of things you can try out here in Japan, never a dull moment.

      Many of my reasons I am grateful to be in Japan, are similar to yours!

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      • emmadotsophie

        January 20, 2014 at 22:32

        I’m looking forward to it! I might even be motivated enough to do a blog post about it. We’ll see.

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        • Elle

          January 24, 2014 at 14:44

          I for one would like to see it! 🙂

          Reply
          • emmadotsophie

            January 24, 2014 at 22:28

            I’m going at the end of Feb, so look out for it some time between March and July 😛

  • Olivia

    January 21, 2014 at 23:02

    Oh this brings back memories of when my parents used to take me and my brothers strawberry picking just outside of London! I will have to look up places near west tokyo that I can easily get to as I love going strawberry picking! Saitama is a bit too far from here for me, unfortunately. Looks like you had a great day out with your family 😀

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    • Elle

      January 24, 2014 at 14:58

      I’m actually just putting together a huge list of places in Kanto for another website I’m involved in (kajapan.org). I’ll post the link when I’m finished, hopefully this weekend!

      Reply
    • Elle

      January 25, 2014 at 15:24

      Just posted the Strawberry Picking in Kanto article; http://kajapan.org/places/strawberry-picking-in-kanto/

      My first ever post on a community blog!

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      • Olivia

        January 25, 2014 at 20:05

        THANK YOU SO MUCH!! This is exactly what I was looking for! I love how you’ve listed all the necessary details and its easy to read, without any extra unnecessary stuff. I will be planning an outing with my friends in the next few weeks thanks to this. Thank you again for sharing. You should do more community blog posts!

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        • Elle

          January 26, 2014 at 19:50

          OH WOW Olivia, you say the nicest things 😀 Thank you, sincerely. It is always nice to get feedback on a post, especially when it is so positive. 🙂 It really helps to hear if or when someone finds a post of that nature useful.

          Reply
  • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist

    January 27, 2014 at 13:39

    For some reason I missed this post but caught up with the one at KA mothers! We’ve been discussing the possibility – there’s one within Tokyo itself! Nice to see some extra pictures and hear your experience more fully, though.

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    • Elle

      January 27, 2014 at 22:04

      Thanks Bronwyn and thanks for commenting on KA. 🙂 That was my first ever contribution of that type of article to a community blog, well in my personal life, I used to have to do it all the time in my profession before SAHM days. I’m kind of psyched its doing so well!

      Reply
  • Playground at Ichigo no Sato, Yoshimi | Life in Japan with toddlers

    June 28, 2014 at 22:15

    […] and a coffee shop with rest area. There is also an information stand which provides a list of all strawberry picking greenhouses in the area, among other information. We go for the playground and the […]

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  • Mari

    December 29, 2014 at 12:18

    Thank you for following and your comment (^^)/
    I just said to my husband yesterday that I want to go strawberry picking when my tsuwari is over so this is really helpful. We live in Saitama aswell 🙂

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    • Elle

      January 5, 2015 at 17:45

      We just went again today 🙂 The kids really enjoyed it, but it was insanely hot and humid. Sorry to hear you have tsuwari, I hope it passes soon.

      Reply

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