Japan offers a multitude of “U-pick” berry orchards and picking areas. Most of these U-pick farms offer tangerines (mikans) and strawberries (ichigo) during the late winter and into spring, melons during the summer, and sweet potatoes during the fall. During the months of January through May, there are many strawberry U-picks open throughout the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan.
While out cherry blossom viewing in Miurakaigan, my family and I walked from Miurakaigan towards the last stop along that section of the Keikyu trains towards Misakiguchi. Between the Keikyu train stops of Miurakaigan and Misakiguchi is a beautiful u-pick farm called Misakiguchi farm, that offers a multitude of various crops. During the spring season, their U-pick strawberry green houses are open. We visited this same farm last year, and were delighted to experience one of the Kanagawa’s spring must-do’s for locals and travelers alike.
Once you arrive at Misakiguchi farm, continue to walk into farm by following the one lane dirt road, across the field there are houses on the right as you walk in, the train tressel to the Keikyu train behind you, and if you arrive mid-spring there are fields of green growing on each side of your path. Once you arrive at the greenhouses, we saw the farm workers at tables waiting for us. Misakaguchi’s strawberry u-pick and eat is about $15 for adults (about $10 for children) for 30 minutes; based on a honor system for time. Once you pay you given a small plastic container with one portion filled with a sweet white sauce to dip your strawberries in as you pick-n-eat, and the second portion of the tray is for you to place the stems of the strawberries you’ve consumed.
I hope you’re able to enjoy these delicious strawberries, too!