Updated: April 17, 2018
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Strawberry Picking Activity, Taste The Season!

Fruit picking is a common activity in Japan, as there are many seasonal fruits in Japan. As winter is approaching, so is strawberry picking season. This post will explain the activity itself and also post a place near Tokyo where you can pick strawberries.

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Rules of Strawberry Picking

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Before introducing the actual places where you can pick strawberries, you first need to learn the rules of strawberry picking. There is a time limitation when you pick strawberries, you can have as much as you like, but do not take more than you can eat. There are some places where you can bring back the strawberries you picked.

Variety of strawberry in Japan

Amao あまおう

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Amao is one of the most popular kinds of strawberry. Its name comes from "akai"(red),"marui"(round), "okii"(big), and "umai"(delicious). They have a strong smell and a very sweet taste. The season is from November to May.

Tochiotome とちおとめ

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Tochiotome is the most popular and common strawberry in Japan. They last long, and the sweetness is strong compared to the sourness. The season is from November to early May.

Benihoppe 紅ほっぺ

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Benihoppe has many big fans. They have a vivid red color and the taste is balanced. The season is from December to early May.

Kawatsuraichigoen かわつら苺園

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Kawatsuraichigoen is located in Chiba prefecture, about an hour ride of a train from Tokyo Station. Kawatsuraichigoen has strawberries of Chiba brand, such as Fusanoka, a very sweet strawberry with a peachlike smell.

Open hours: From December to early May, 10:00-14:30 on weekdays, 9:30-14:30 on weekends.

Price: Adult 1,100yen-2,000yen(differs by the season), Kids 700yen-1,500yen(differs by the season).
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After you enjoyed picking strawberries, how about some strawberry jam as a souvenir? Kawatsuraichigoen's strawberry jam is all homemade, using only fresh strawberry, sugar, and some lemon juice. The simple taste is oh so very popular!

Don't miss the sweet picking activity!

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As the season changes from winter to Spring, strawberry picking is getting more popular. Don't miss this activity, better stay tuned for more details of this upcoming sweet event!
Nancy
Quite sure I'm a Ramen freak. Almost up to 200ramens in 2017. Not only ramens but also love to eat around and drink around.

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