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Japan Strawberry picking イチゴ狩り / いちごがり



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Photos : Rafael Helfstein Franco (Univers and You)

From January to around May, you can enjoy strawberry picking around Lake Hamana in Hamamatsu, Japan. "Akihime (章姫)" is one of the strawberry varieties that take the focal point in farms for tourists. Local Shizuoka-grown "Akihime" is characterized by its large grain size and sweetness with just a tid bit of tartness. All-you-can-eat strawberry picking is a popular activity for everyone from children to adults.


Point!
Most of the strawberry picking tourist farms near Lake Hamana practice plastic greenhouse cultivation. Even in the cold season, you can comfortably enjoy strawberry picking without worrying about the weather. Inside the plastic greenhouse, under the fine weather, the temperature reaches 20-25℃ in the daytime. Therefore it is recommended to wear clothes that are easy to take on and off.


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■ How to pick strawberries
① Gently hold the strawberry and cast down the calyx
② Pull it toward you as is
③ It can then be plucked easily
④ Please try to turn the strawberry half way if it failed to come off after the third step

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※ It'll damage the stem and branch if you pull it forcefully!


■ How to distinguish a tasty strawberry
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・ Ones with a dark green calyx, healthily wrapping around the top and with an entirely red body to the base of the calyx.
・ Ones that have a small calyx in comparison with the size of the strawberry.
・ Shiny on the surface.
・ Seeds are evenly placed, sinking down and have some firmness.


■ How to eat strawberries
・ Japanese strawberries are sweet and delicious so you can eat them raw.
・ In Japanese strawberry picking, it is common to dip strawberries into condensed milk. Please try it out.
・ The container you receive in the farm is separated into two parts, one is for condensed milk and the other is for the calyxes.

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Location : Kashima Harvest
Photos : Rafael Helfstein Franco (Univers and You), iNHAMAMATSU.COM


■ Manners for a pleasant strawberry picking
・ Do not take strawberries out of the farm.
・ Do not throw away the strawberries you picked if you do not like their taste.


★ Ichigo Noen (strawberry Orchard) Information

Kashima Harvest
[ADDRESS] 3624 Kurematsu-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi
[PHONE] 053-487-0875 (Japanese only)
[OPEN] From 2nd January 2017 to mid-May
10am - 3pm (It's over once the strawberries are finished)

※Reservations must be made for groups of 10 or more people.
[CLOSED] No scheduled holidays (Confirmation required)
[OFFICIALSITE] http://www.kashimaharvest.jp (Japanese)

Admission
1/2 ~ 2/29 3/1 ~ 3/31 4/1 ~ mid-May
Adults ¥1,900 ¥1,600 ¥1,300
Child(3~5year old) ¥1,600 ¥1,300 ¥1,000
Under 3 years old FREE

・30 minutes all-you-can-eat
・Condensed milk service (you are allowed to bring your own.)


Hiramatsu Kanko "Agurisu Hamanako"
[ADDRESS] 2014-1 Hiramatsu-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi
[PHONE] 053-487-0541 (Japanese only)
[OPEN] From 3rd December 2016 to mid-May 2017
9am - 4pm
※Reservations must be made for groups of 20 or more people.
[CLOSED] From 29th to 31th December
[OFFICIALSITE] http://agurisu-hamanako.com/70923/ (Japanese)

Admission
mid-12 ~ 1/5 1/6 ~ 3/31 4/1 ~ early-5
Primary and up ¥1,800 ¥1,600 ¥1,200
Under primary ¥1,600 ¥1,400 ¥1,000
Under 3 years old FREE

・30 minutes all-you-can-eat
Condensed milk service (refills O.K.)


Shimano noen
[ADDRESS] 8838 Isaji-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi
[PHONE] 053-486-0162 (Japanese only)
[OPEN] From 17th December 2016 to late-May 2017
8:30am - 5pm (It's over once the strawberries are finished)
※For groups we recommend making a reservation.
[CLOSED] 12 / 30 wed - 1 / 1 fri
[OFFICIALSITE] http://shimano-nouen.sakura.ne.jp/ (Japanese)
[DISCOUNT] Bring your printed this coupon

Admission
12/17 ~ 1/5 1/6 ~ 3/31 4/1 ~ late-5
Adult(Primary and up) ¥1,800 ¥1,600 ¥1,300
Child(under kindergarten) ¥1,500 ¥1,300 ¥1,000

・30 minutes all-you-can-eat
・Condensed milk service
(No refills, you are allowed to bring your own. You can also buy some there.)


Nemotoyama kanko noen "Nagaraen"
[ADDRESS] 3298 Kurematsu-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi
[PHONE] 053-487-4115 (Japanese only)
[OPEN] From 1st January 2017 to 9th April
10am - It's over once the strawberries are finished
※Make a reservation 1 week before the requested date.
[CLOSED] Fri, the day before national holidays, 2/10
[OFFICIALSITE] http://nagaraen.jp/ (Japanese)

Admission
1/1 ~ 1/13 1/14 ~ 3/5 3/6 ~ 3/31 4/1 ~ 4/9
Primary and up ¥2,100 ¥2,000 ¥1,700 ¥1,400
Baby ¥1,500 ¥1,400 ¥1,100 ¥800
2 years old ¥1,200 ¥1,100 ¥800 ¥500
1 years old ¥500 FREE

・30 minutes all-you-can-eat
Condensed milk service
(No refills, you are allowed to bring your own. You can also buy some there.)


Nemotoyama kanko noen "Kurataen"
[ADDRESS] 304-500 Fukahagi-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi
[PHONE] 053-486-0420 (Japanese only)
[OPEN] From 1st January 2017 to 9th April
10am - 3pm (It's over once the strawberries are finished)
※It's unnecessary to reserve but better to make a reservation.
[CLOSED] No scheduled holidays (Confirmation required)

Admission
1/1 ~ 1/13 1/14 ~ 3/5 3/6 ~ 3/31 4/1 ~ 4/9
Primary and up ¥2,100 ¥2,000 ¥1,700 ¥1,400
Child(3~5years old) ¥1,500 ¥1,400 ¥1,100 ¥800
2 years old ¥1,100 ¥1,000 ¥900 ¥700

・30 minutes all-you-can-eat (No time limit within the stonewalls)
・Condensed milk service
(No refills, you are allowed to bring your own. You can also buy some there.)


Ookurado kanko noen
[ADDRESS] 4813 Hamana, Arai-cho, Kosai-shi
[PHONE] 053-594-3558 (Japanese only)
[OPEN] From late-December 2016 to early-May 2017
10am - 4pm (It's over once the strawberries are finished)
Reservations must be made for groups of 20 or more people.
[CLOSED] No scheduled holidays (Confirmation required)
[OFFICIALSITE] http://www.ookurado.com (Japanese)

Admission
late-12 ~ 1/9 1/10 ~ 4/9 4/10 ~ early-5
Adult(primary and up) ¥1,700 ¥1,500 ¥1,100
Child(3~under Primary) ¥1,400 ¥1,100 ¥800

・30 minutes all-you-can-eat (No time limit within the stonewalls)
・Condensed milk service
(No refills, you are allowed to bring your own. You can also buy some there.)


Hamamatsu Fruit Park Tokinosumika Details for
[ADDRESS] 4263-1 Miyakoda-cho, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu-shi
[PHONE] 053-428-5211 (Japanese only)
[OPEN] From 26th December 2016 to 28th May 2017
9:30am - 3pm (It's over once the strawberries are finished)
※As for the visitors from 10 to 100 people, a reservation is possible.
(Make a reservation by 5pm the day before the requested date.)
[CLOSED] Nothing
[OFFICIALSITE] http://www.tokinosumika.com/hamamatsufp/fruit/recommend.php (Japanese)

Admission
12/26 ~ 1/9 1/10 ~ 2/26 2/27 ~ 4/2 4/3 ~ 5/7 5/8 ~ 5/28
Adult
(Jr. high schooler and up)
holiday ¥2,000 ¥1,800 ¥1,600 ¥1,300 ¥1,100
weekday ¥1,600 ¥1,300 ¥1,100 ¥800
Child
(Primary schooler and up)
holiday ¥1,600 ¥1,400 ¥1,300 ¥1,100 ¥800
weekday ¥1,300 ¥1,100 ¥800 ¥600
Kindergarten child
(3 years old and up)
holiday ¥1,200 ¥1,000 ¥800 ¥700 ¥500
weekday ¥800 ¥700 ¥500
Under 3 years old FREE

・Entrance fee will be charged separately
・30 minutes all-you-can-eat
・Condensed milk service (refills O.K.)


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Depending on the situation on the farm, they may close it earlier than expected. Also, the growth of the fruits and the entrance fee may vary from year to year. We recommend calling in advance to check the current condition.


★ Hotels with Ichigo picking packages.

Hamanako Kanzanji-so
http://www.inhamamatsu.com/hotel/kanzanjisou.php
Official Site : http://www.kanzanji.com/plan/ (Japanese)

Hotel Kokonoe
http://www.inhamamatsu.com/hotel/kokonoe.php
Official Site : http://hamanako-kokonoe.jp/plan/tokubetu/ichigo.html (Japanese)

Hotel Wellseason Hamanako
http://www.inhamamatsu.com/hotel/wellseason-hamana-lake.php
Official Site:http://wellseason.jp/html/accommodations/index-ichigo.html (Japanese)

Hotel Kikusuitei
http://www.inhamamatsu.com/hotel/kikusui-tei.php
Official Site:http://kikusuitei.rwiths.net/r-withs/tfi0010a.do (Japanese)

Tokiwasure Kaikatei
http://www.inhamamatsu.com/hotel/hamanako-kanzanji-onsen-tokiwasure-kaikatei.php
Official Site : http://www.kaikatei.com/ (Japanese)


Hotel Green Plaza Hamanako
Offisial Site : http://www.hgp.co.jp/inf/Z13/hgp/ (Japanese)

Hamanako Lakeside Plaza
Official Site : http://www.h-lsp.com/ (Japanese)

Kanzanji Sago Royal Hotel
Official Site : http://www.3535.co.jp/royal/taiken/ichigo.htm (Japanese)

※ Some plans may not be included on the website, so please contact the lodging houses directly.



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