This May Be the Best Place to Go Strawberry Picking in Japan
Think unlimited strawberries!
Yoshimura Strawberry Park
520 Hanawa, Mashiko-machi, Tochigi
Only open from December to May, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Tuesdays to Sundays), but open every day between 1st March to 6th May.
How to get there: It's 5 minutes away on foot from Kitayama Station on the Moka Railway Line.
Entrance fee: December (¥1,600), January to February (¥1,400), March to 9th April (¥1,300), 10th April to May (¥1,000). Free for children under 5 years old. No time limit
*Cash payment only.
Whether you're visiting Japan during winter or spring, you have to try strawberry picking at least once. One of the best places to do so is at the Yoshimura Strawberry Park. Located in Tochigi Prefecture, it's home to eight varieties of Japanese strawberries from different prefectures.
Each strawberry has a different characteristic. Tochigi's famous skyberry strawberries have a good balance of sweetness, texture, and aroma. They're not just big in size, but also have a fresh and juicy taste.
Akihime has a soft texture that will melt inside your mouth; it starts with a sour taste that is immediately followed by sweetness. Beni-hoppe has a juicy texture with sour-sweet taste, while the Oi-c berry is known to contain a lot of vitamin C.
Koi-minori is a new variety offered in the farm whose chewy texture will make you "koishii" (miss it). Here's an interesting trivia: The garden clerk tells us if you say the name of your one true love while eating koi minori, your love will blossom (koi minori literally means the fruits of love or love blossoming).
Kaorino berries have a strong and good aroma as its name, kaori (mean: aroma), suggests. Mo-ikko berries, on the other hand, have a good balance of sweet and sour tastes.
At the Yoshimura Strawberry Park, you can choose the freshest and best-looking strawberries without having to worry about a time limit as you might in other farms. In fact, you're free to spend the whole day eating as many strawberries as you please. However, note that it can get really hot in the greenhouse, especially during the warmer months, so make use of the benches provided. Once you have picked your strawberries, wash them at the faucet, and enjoy them while basking in the crisp clean air of Mashiko.
While the farm provides all-you-can-eat strawberries, you are not allowed to take them home. If you want to bring some strawberries home, they do have a shop adjacent to the farm. Here, you can buy strawberries for a cheaper price!
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (25 March 2019)