Strawberry Picking in Misakiguchi

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!

Keikyu train map; Miurakaigan and Misachiguchi are shown at the end of the top left of Keikyu line.
Keikyu train map; Miurakaigan and Misakiguchi are shown at the end of the top left of Keikyu line.
As you walk along the small dirt road through Tsukuihama Farm you are surrounded on both sides by fields  of green to be harvested months later.
As you walk along the small dirt road through Misakiguchi Farm you are surrounded on both sides by fields of green to be harvested months later.
The look of the strawberry greenhouses from outside.
The look of the strawberry greenhouses from outside.
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We were allowed into the strawberry green house just as they were closing, and enjoyed a private strawberry picking as a family.
Rows of delicious strawberries (ichigo).
Rows of delicious strawberries (ichigo).
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An upclose view of these strawberries so carefully planted in rows easy to pick.
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Each greenhouse contains several bee hive boxes to pollenate the delicious strawberries.
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Perfect row height for my youngest son to pick strawberries at Misakiguchi.

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My oldest son loved strawberry picking at Misakiguchi Farm.

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These strawberries are grown at hip height rows, which make it perfect for adults to slightly bend down to pick and for young children to pick at their level.

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Strawberries approved by my sweet toddler.

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