Strawberry Picking in Ibaraki

Ibaraki has the second largest amount of cultivated land after Hokkaido Prefecture, with 1,766 square kilometers dedicated to agriculture. That’s 28.8% of Ibaraki’s total area, making us number 1 in terms of percentage! Ibaraki is the top producer of a huge number of agricultural products, including melon, lotus root, hoshi-imo (dried sweet potato), mizuna (potherb mustard), and bok-choy. It is also a major producer of strawberries. With an annual strawberry production value of 7.6 billion yen, we are the second biggest producer of strawberries in the Kanto region.

The reason that Ibaraki’s strawberries are so abundant is the climate – in strawberry production, the difference between high and low temperatures and the amount of sunlight is very important. Ibaraki gets excellent marks in both departments! With long hours of sunlight and just the right amount of variation between high and low temperatures, Ibaraki’s strawberries grow delicious and sweet. With spring just around the corner, try picking some strawberries yourself and taste them as fresh as they come!

Hitachiota

Setsuko no Ichigo
Address: 1047 Matsudaira-cho, Hitachiota, Ibaraki (常陸太田市松平町1047)
Period: Late November to mid-June
Cost:
Adults: 1000 – 1500 yen
Children: 600 – 1000 yen
Varieties: Aki-hime, Beni Hoppe
PH: 0294-85-1160

Kanko Noen Ichigo BOX
Address
: 345 Shimomurata, Hitachiota, Ibaraki (茨城県常陸大宮市下村田345)
Period: December 8th – May 31st
Hours: Strawberry picking: 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Store: 10am – 6pm
Cost:
Weekdays
Adults (junior high and above): 1250 – 1650 yen
Children (aged 3 and over): 650 – 850 yen
Weekends and Holidays
Adults: 1400 – 1800 yen
Children: 700 – 900 yen
*60 minutes all-you-can-eat. Price may vary depending on the time of year. Closed   Mondays and Thursdays. On Fridays only the store is open.
Varieties: Hitachi-hime
Parking: 20 spaces (some space also available for buses)
Access: 25 minutes on National Road 118 from the Joban Expressway Naka IC (set your GPS to Shimomurata 887)
PH: 0295-51-3254
Homepage: http://www.15box.jp/

Tokai

Fujito Ichigoen
Address:  2-870 Muramatsu, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki (茨城県那珂郡東海村村松870-2)
Period:
Strawberries: January – May
Blueberries: June – August
Hours:
Strawberries: 10am – 4pm
Blueberries: 9:30am – 4pm
*The hours may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Strawberries: 900 – 1500 yen
Blueberries: Current market price
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Yayoi-hime, Momoka, Ibara Kiss
Parking: 20 spaces
Access: 5 minutes by car from Tokai Station. 10 minutes by car from the Joban Expressway Tokai Smart IC
PH: 090-8057-0593

Mito

Harada Ichigoen
Address
: 2932 Kobuki-cho, Mito, Ibaraki (茨城県水戸市小吹町2932)
Period: Early January to mid-May
Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm (every day)
Cost:
Adults (junior high and above): 800 – 1400 yen
Children (3+): 500 – 1000 yen
*30 minutes all-you-can-eat
Varieties: Aki-hime, Beni Hoppe
Parking: 25 spaces
Access: 15 minutes by car from the Joban Expressway Mito IC
PH: 029-241-5356
*If you are a group or a wheelchair user, please call ahead and book

Kasama

Kasama Kanko Ichigoen
Address: 2292 Kasama, Kasama, Ibaraki (茨城県笠間市笠間2292)
Period: Late January – mid-May
Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm (last entry 3pm)
*The hours may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
January/February: 1300 yen
March: 1200 yen
April: 1100 yen
May: 1000 yen
*30 minutes all-you-can-eat. Discounts for groups with 20 members or more
Varieties: Tochi Otome
Parking: 20 spaces
Access: 5 minutes from the Tomobe IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
PH: 0296-72-9280
Homepage: http://www.city.kasama.lg.jp/index.php?code=2313

Najihara Kanko Ichigoen
Address: 4258 Motodo, Kasama, Ibaraki (茨城県笠間市本戸4258)
Period: Early February – early May
Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm (last entry 3pm. Closed on Mondays)
*The hours may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
January/February: 1400 yen
March: 1300 yen
April: 1200 yen
May: 1100
*30 minutes all-you-can-eat. 100 yen discount for groups with 20 or more people. 200 yen discount for children elementary school aged and below.
Varieties: Tochi Otome
Parking: 40 spaces
Access: 10 minutes from the Tomobe IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
PH: 0296-70-3133

Oarai

Oarai Berry Fields
Address: 2054 Kamiyama-cho, Oarai-machi, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki (茨城県東茨城郡大洗町神山町2054)
Period: Early January – late May
Hours: 9am – 4pm
*The hours may vary depending on weather, bookings, and the strawberries, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Elementary school aged and above
January – March: 1600 yen
April – May: 1400 yen
May 10 onward: 1000 yen
Children 3+
January – March: 800 yen
April – May: 650 yen
May 10 onward: 650 yen
Children 1-2 years
January – March: 400 yen
April – May: 200 yen
May 10 onward: 200 yen
*45 minutes all-you-can-eat. Separate cost for taking strawberries home.
Varieties: Beni Hoppe, Ibara Kiss, etc.
Parking: 15 spaces
Access: Train – 20 minutes’ walk from Oarai Station on the Oarai-Kashima Line (pick up from the station can be arranged)
Car – 6.2km from the Mito IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
*Pick up and drop off to hotels and inns in Oarai can be arranged
PH: 090-9135-0391
Homepage: http://oaraiberry.com/

Ishioka

Nakamura Ichigoen
Address: 225 Asahi, Ishioka, Ibaraki (茨城県石岡市朝日225番地)
Period: Early January – late May
Hours: 10am – sold out
*The hours may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead. Showers and toilets available onsite
Cost: 800 – 1500 yen
*30 minute time limit. Cost may vary between children and adults depending on the time of year, please confirm costs ahead of your visit
Varieties: Beni Hoppe, Tochi Otome, Ibara Kiss
Parking: 20 spaces
Access:
Car – 12 minutes from the Tsuchiura IC on the Joban Expressway, or 25 minutes from the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC
Train – 30 minutes by bus from Ishioka Station
PH: 0299-42-3112
Homepage: http://www18.ocn.ne.jp/~naka-i/index.html

Ozeki Ichigoen
Address: 382 Tsuji, Ishioka, Ibaraki (茨城県石岡市辻382)
Period: Early December – early May
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Strawberry Picking
Adults: 1000 – 1500 yen
Children: 800 – 1300 yen
One pack of strawberries: Market price
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Beni Hoppe
Parking: Space for 3 large buses
Access: 20 minutes by car from the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC or the Tsuchiura IC on the Joban Expressway
PH: 0299-42-2885
Homepage: http://mito.cool.ne.jp/oozekiitigoen/

Marusaka Ichigoen (Kayabuki Minge)
Address: Tsuji 179, Ishioka, Ibaraki (茨城県石岡市辻179)
Period: Early January – late May
Hours: 10am onward
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Strawberry picking
Adults: 800 – 1500 yen
Children: 600 – 1300 yen
One pack of strawberries: Market price
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Ibara Kiss
Parking: Space for large buses
Access: 20 minutes from the Tsuchiura IC or the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC on the Joban Expressway
PH: 0299-42-3330

Ichigoya Nomu Nomu
Address: 1416 Obata, Ishioka, Ibaraki (茨城県石岡市小幡1416)
Period: January – mid-May
Hours: 10:30am – sold out (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather and the strawberries, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults
January – March: 1600 yen
April: 1400 yen
May: 1000 yen
Children
January – March: 1400 yen
April: 1200 yen
May: 800 yen
*April pricing continues until the end of Golden Week
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Beni Hoppe, Aki-hime, Yayoi-hime, Ibara Kiss
Parking: 150 spaces
Access:
Car – 30 minutes on the Flower Park route from the Tsuchiura IC or the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC
Train – 30 minutes by bus or taxi from Ishioka Station on the Joban Line
PH: 0299-42-4126

Maruyo Ichigoen
Address: 138 Tsuji, Ishioka, Ibaraki
Period: Mid-January – early May
Hours: 10:30am – sold out
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults (junior high and above)
January – February: 1500 yen
March: 1300 yen
April – May: 100 yen
Children (elementary school and below)
January – February: 1300 yen
March: 1100 yen
April – May: 800 yen
*30 minutes all-you-can-eat
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Ibara Kiss
Parking: 5 spaces
Access: 20 minutes by car from the Tsuchiura IC or the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC on the Joban Expressway
PH: 0299-42-2048

Tsuji Ichigoen
Address: 165 Tsuji, Ishioka, Ibaraki (茨城県石岡市辻165)
Period: Early January – late May
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults (junior high and above): 1000 – 1500 yen
Children: 800 – 1300 yen
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Beni Hoppe, Ibara Kiss
Parking: 20 spaces
Access: 20 minutes from the Tsuchiura IC or the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC on the Joban Expressway
PH: 0299-42-3181
Homepage: http://tsuji15.blog36.fc2.com/

Kasumigaura

Ikeda Farm
Address: 967 Shimotsuchi, Kasumigaura, Ibaraki (茨城県かすみがうら市下土田967)
Period: Mid-January – late May
Hours: 9am – sunset
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults
January – March: 1500 yen
April: 1200 yen
May: 1000 yen
Children
January – March: 1200 yen
April: 1000 yen
May: 800 yen
*30 minutes all-you-can-eat
Varieties: Tochi Otome
Parking: 30 spaces
Access: 5 minutes from the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC on the Joban Expressway
PH: 0120-15-2305
Homepage: http://www.city.kasumigaura.ibaraki.jp/kankosuisin/kajukankou/kajukankoutop.htm

Ozeki Ichigoen
Address: 231 Gotanda, Kasumigaura, Ibaraki
Period: Early January – May
Hours: 9am – 4:30pm (last entry 4pm)
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults (junior high and above): 1000 – 1600 yen
Children (3+): 800 – 1300 yen
Infants 300 – 500 yen
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Beni Hoppe
Parking: 15 spaces (can fit two large buses)
Access:
Car – 10 minutes from the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC on the Joban Expressway
Train – 20 minutes by taxi from Ishioka Station or Kandatsu Station on the Joban Line
PH: 0299-59-5508
Homepage: http://www.city.kasumigaura.ibaraki.jp/kankosuisin/kajukankou/kajukankoutop.htm

Suzumekko Mori
Address: 978 Shimosaya, Kasumigaura, Ibaraki (茨城県かすみがうら市下佐谷978)
Period: Mid-December – mid-May
Hours: 9:30am – 5pm (strawberry picking until 3:30pm)
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults (junior high and above): 1000 – 1600 yen
Children (3+): 800 – 1300 yen
Infants: 300 – 500 yen
Varieties: Tochi Otome, Nyoho, Beni Hoppe, Aki-hime
Parking: 50 spaces
Access:
Car – 13 minutes from the Tsuchiura-Kita IC or 10 minutes from the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC on the Joban Expressway
Train – 15 minutes by taxi from Ishioka Station on the Joban Line
PH: 0299-59-3477
Homepage: http://www.suzumeko.com

Numata Noen
Address: 1186 Shimosaya, Kasumigaura, Ibaraki (茨城県かすみがうら市上佐谷1186)
Period: Mid-February – mid-May
Hours: 9:30am – 5pm (strawberry picking ends at sunset or when the strawberries run out)
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults: 1000 – 1600 yen
Children: 800 – 1300 yen
Infants: 300 – 500 yen
Varieties: Tochi Otome
Parking: 30 spaces
Access: 5 minutes by taxi from the Chiyoda-Ishioka IC or 12 minutes from the Tsuchiura-Kita IC on the Joban Expressway
PH: 090-3475-3288
Homepage: http://www.city.kasumigaura.ibaraki.jp/kankosuisin/kajukankou/kajukankoutop.htm

Tsukuba

Ichigoya Tsukubane Farm
Address: 24-1494 Wadaihara, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (茨城県つくば市和台原1494-24)
Period: December – mid-May
Hours: Four times a day (10am/11:30am/1pm/2:30pm)
*Please book ahead by phone or using the website
Cost:
Adults (junior high and above): 1500 yen
Children (3+): 1200 yen
Infants: 900 yen
Varieties: Beni Hoppe, Tochi Otome
Access:
Car – 20 minutes from the Tsukuba Chuo IC on the Ken-O Expressway
Public Transport – Take the Tsukubus Sakuoka Shuttle from Kenkyu Gakuen Station or the bus bound for Techno Park Oho from Tsukuba Station and get off at Tsukuba Kitabu Kogyo Danchi Chuo Bus
PH: 029-869-0069
Homepage: http://tsukubanefarm.com/gari/

Hokota

Kenko Tasshaka Mura Fukasaku Noen
Address: 361 Dainigorisawa, Hokota, Ibaraki (茨城県鉾田市台濁沢361)
Period:
Strawberry picking: mid-January – early May
Melon picking: mid-June – early July (booking required)
Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Strawberry picking: 900 – 1500 yen (no time limit)
Melon picking: 2000 yen (you can take home one melon)
Varieties: Princess, Love Song
Parking: 200 spaces
Access: 30 minutes on National Road 51 from the Itako IC on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway or 40 minutes on National Road 51 from the Oarai IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
PH: 0291-39-8560
Homepage: http://www.fukasaku-ichigo.com

Shimotsuma

Daichi Shimotsuma Nojo
Address: 833 Osagaya, Shimotsuma, Ibaraki (茨城県下妻市長萱833)
Period: January 2 – end of May
*The hours and cost may vary depending on weather, so it is recommended that you call ahead
Cost:
Adults: 1400 yen
Children: 1000 yen
*Price drops after March
Varieties: Tochi Otome
PH: 0296-43-9215
Homepage: http://www.yasai.joso.jp/shimotsuma_farm.htm

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