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Strawberry Picking Saitama: Shimura Farm with Play Area

Strawberry picking Saitama close to Tokyo with play area

Play area in Shimura Strawberry Farm

2 Shimura (2)

February 15th 2018, please note due to an abundance of customers in January and early February, Shimura Nouen is currently only operating at the weekends and only those with a reservation can pick.

Strawberry Picking Saitama – Today, we visited a greenhouse type strawberry picking farm in Sakado. This farm has been on my radar since I saw a small write-up about it in a Walker magazine (Amazon Affiliate link). I was certainly glad we went to check it out.  In previous years, we’ve picked our strawberries and ate them and headed home or onto another nearby location.

However, today, we spent the whole afternoon at the Shimura Strawberry Farm and Flower Fields. Half an hour was spent picking and eating the delicious strawberries. Afterward, the rest of the time was spent enjoying the free extra services of the fruit picking farm (gallery below). They have a number of different greenhouses. The reception is in “Dai Ichi”, where you take off your shoes and put on slippers. We picked in Dai Ni today, which is connected to the main greenhouse for ease of movement.

2 Shimura (1)

2 Shimura (3) strawberry picking saitama

Strawberry picking saitama

Within “Dai 2” there are 3 different types of strawberries you can choose from. All were sweet and delicious. They use bees in the greenhouse for pollination, but they are not dangerous. The beds are raised making them easier to pick and less likely to have mold. My 1 year old was easily able to navigate the aisles and even pick her own strawberries.

Like most greenhouses it was very warm; therefore it is one good reason to pick in winter. Of all the strawberry picking greenhouse farms I have been to, I like this one the most. It was excellent value for money given that my kids enjoyed playing indoors and outdoors before and after picking.

I could sip complimentary tea and green tea, available to all customers, while the kids played. Its location is good for anyone who drives as it is so close to the highway. It is on the Ken-o highway, Sakado exit, very close to the Tsurgashima Interchange for the Kanetsu expressway making it accessible not only to people in Saitama, but other areas of Kanto too.

There isn’t much in the immediate area though (nearby attractions below), but they do have a fish farm next door and flower fields, the latter of which is free to anyone. We enjoyed a walk up the embankment. You can sometimes see swans and Tsuru, Japanese crane, in the surrounding rice paddies too; we were particularly lucky to see a whole flock of swans!



SEASON: January to (depends on the harvest, generally mid April)

OPENING HOURS:  from 10 am, generally Tuesday to Sunday. However:

February 15th 2018, please note due to an abundance of customers in January and early February, Shimura Nouen is currently only operating at the weekends and only those with a reservation can pick.

TEL: 080-5028-1062 phone between 8am and 6pm.


System changed in 2018 due to shortage in strawberries, reservations are now required.

Public Toilets and Free Parking.


For 30 minutes all-you-can-eat:

Adults and children over 6 ¥1,400 2016 increased to 1800 yen.

Children aged 3 to 6 ¥1,200 2016 increased to 1400 yen.

2 year olds ¥400 2016 reduced to 200 yen.

Under 2 toddlers are free. Discounts are available for school groups of more than 10.

2017 information

Strawberry Picking season Shimura Strawberry Farm | SAKADO



Approximately 1 kilometre or 4 minutes by car from the Sakado exit of the Ken-O expressway.

For lists of places to strawberry pick in Japan, please scroll to the bottom of the article. For even more information on the strawberry picking system in Japan and some farms in Kanto, please see:


Sakado Jidokan – free children’s community centre with planetarium

Sakado Taoist Temple – A popular backdrop for cosplayers

Sakado Taoist Temple (3)  Sakado Taoist Temple (2)

Kawagoe “Little Edo” Tourist Town

Heisei no Mori park, with Japan’s largest rose tunnel

Heisei no mori park Kawajima


Meiji Sakado Factory Tour

Other Strawberry Picking Articles

Over the years, I have written quite a lot of articles about Strawberry Picking in Japan. It is not that we pick strawberries a lot, it is just that when I first researched strawberry picking Saitama there was no information in English. I subsequently realised that there was limited information for the whole of the Kanto region and I wanted to fill the void.  Thus, I had found a niche and it has served me well… or rather, I have served it well!

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