You Need to Visit This Ostrich Farm in Japan
Get up close and personal with the world's largest birds.
14052 Hannoki, Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 4 p.m. from October to February)
If you're in the mood for a great outdoor adventure away from Tokyo, then you might want to drop by Ishioka Farm. Perfect for families and groups of friends, this ostrich farm just northeast of Japan's capital is worth the side trip. It doesn't just bring you up close and personal with the world's largest birds, but also gives you a chance to feed them and play with other farm animals.
At Ishioka Farm, you can learn about livestock farming when you interact with over 50 impressive animals, including alpacas, kangaroos, sheep, goats, turtles, rabbits, ducks, different types of colorful birds, and even snakes-which are, according to Ms. Tomoko Yaguchi, the person who heads the operations of the farm, popular among Japanese women.
For a complete and unforgettable experience, you can go closer to the animals and feed them with the provided food. There is also a stable where you can have your kids pet or ride a pony!
You can also try your hand at cherry picking, which usually happens around May. Trust us, these fresh Japanese cherries taste better when you pick them straight from the trees! Between the months of June to August, on the other hand, is blueberry season, so make sure to plan your trip around these times.
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (06 February 2018)