4 Beautiful Fields for Strawberry Picking in Kanagawa
Think ~*rare*~ juicy berries!
In case you missed it, strawberry season has officially started in Japan. While there are many great farms all over the country, we've rounded up the best strawberry-picking locations in Kanagawa. Whether you're obsessed with strawberries or just looking for a fun activity to try, there's surely a strawberry farm nearby. Note that these farms also produce rare strawberry types that you won't be able to find in supermarkets or fruit stands around Japan, making them worth visiting all the more.
Sugiyama Ichigoen (Strawberry Farm)
1172 Konabeshima, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until stocks last; closed irregularly on weekdays
How to get there: Take the bus bound to Isehara Station South Exit via Jyoshima Hakkan Street from the North Exit of Hiratsuka Station (JR Tokaido Line). Get off at the Jyoshima Elementary School bus stop and walk for two minutes.
By constantly conducting research efforts about strawberries all over Japan, Sugiyama Ichigoen has managed to stay proactive in producing new types of berries year after year. In fact, they were one of the first farms to produce Yotsuboshi in 2016 and Amaotome in 2017. This year, they will be selling Koiminori, a type of strawberry that is still rare outside of the Kyushu area and is characterized by a bright red surface and a white interior.
Kei Sugiyama, the owner of Sugiyama Ichigoen, is passionate about producing as many new types of strawberries as he can. He even says he's already thinking of a big, new type of strawberry called Shizukukko for next year!
Katano Ichigoen (Strawberry Farm)
1063 Togawa, Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to get there: From the North Exit of Odakyu Line Shibusawa Station, take the bus bound to Hadano Station via Bodai for 15 minutes. Get off at Togawa Bus Stop and walk for about 5 minutes. By car, get off at Tomei Highway Hadano Nakai IC and drive for about 9.3 kilometers.
If you're a fan of sweet, red strawberries, then Katano Ichigoen is the perfect farm for you. To make sure that they only produce the most luscious fruits, they sprinkle water on the isles of their farm every day to keep the humidity at 60 percent.
In this farm, you'll mostly find Amaotome, a type of strawberry that originated from the Ehime Prefecture and has a great balance of sweetness and sourness.
Wada Strawberry Farm
1266 Toda, Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to get there: From Odakyu Line Honatsugi Station, take the bus bound to Hiratsuka Station North Exit via Asahicho Taijin for about 14 minutes. Get off at Shimotoda Bus Stop and walk for about 18 minutes. By car, get off at Tome Highway Atsugi IC and drive for about 2.5 kilometers.
A certified eco-friendly farm, Wada Strawberry Farm produces safe and healthy strawberries without using agricultural chemicals. This might also be the reason why their famous strawberries are all very huge and juicy. You can be sure that there are no bad berries here!
3-29-19 Tsumadahigashi, Atsugi City, Kanagawa
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily except Mondays
How to get there: From the North Exit of Odakyu Line Honatsugi Station, take the bus for Shorenji Temple for about 10 minutes. Get off at Nakamura Iriguchi Bus Stop and walk for about 8 minutes. By car, get off at Tomei Highway Atsugi IC and drive for about 6 kilometers.
At Suzuki Farm, strawberries are produced organically by mixing dirt with rice bran. They grow Yumenoka, one of the rarest strawberries in Kanagawa, which is characterized by a red exterior and interior. It also has a very refreshing taste!
All farms require a reservation prior to visit.
Provided by Yokohama Walker™, Japan Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (23 January 2018)