Takayama Orchard, located in Kurume City, Fukuoka...
Lion Orchard is located in Chikuzen-machi, and it takes about fifty minutes by car from from Fukuoka City to reach it. It is one of the largest strawberry orchards in the Kyushu Region. There are 21 greenhouses, and visitors can choose from nine types of strawberries, including Ama-oh, a special product of Fukuoka Prefecture.
At this orchard they use only organic fertilizers and groundwater, which greatly influences the taste of the strawberries. The staff went through trial and error every season, and perfected the taste. Mr. Iino, the orchard representative, said, “The taste changes every season. You should try every type, and find your favorite. Be sure to save Ama-oh for last, as it is the sweetest.”
Besides strawberry picking, the orchard also offers jam-making and crepe-making workshops, which are both popular to the children. This is a place where all the family members can have fun.
Visitors from abroad are always welcome, as there are English signboards and pamphlets. Also, the staff can speak a little English, and they are ready to communicate using gestures. The orchard employs a kosetu saibai (*1) system, so the visitors can pick the strawberries without crouching.
*1: This is a system where the trellis for the strawberries are raised high.
Reservations are required for the morning hour pickings, and the afternoon hour picking stops as soon as the strawberries are all gone. If you are planning a visit, it would be better to make a reservation on the orchard’s website.
Dazaifu Tenmangu, a famous sightseeing spot, is located nearby, so visitors can also enjoy some of Fukuoka’s charms as well.
|Farm Name||Lion Orchard|
|Farm Information||Visitors can enjoy nine types of strawberries, including Ama-oh, a special product of Fukuoka. The aisle inside the greenhouse is spacious, making it easy for wheelchairs and also children. This orchard is easy to access, as it takes less than an hour from Fukuoka City.|
|Admission Fee||Admission ( “all you can eat for one hour” plan): Until April 10/ 1800 yen (adults) and 1400 yen (children from three year old to twelve year old). ** Visitors can also buy a 100 gram pack of strawberries for 200 yen. From April 11 to May 10/ 1600 yen (adults) and 1200 yen (children from three year old to twelve year old).|
|Hours||Morning Hours/ 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Afternoon Hours/ 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ** Please note that reservations are required for the morning hour pickings. In the afternoon hour picking, visitors are served in the order of arrival..|
|Closed||The orchard will be closed irregularly during the season.|
|Address||Fukuoka, Asakura-gun, Chikuzen-machi, Fukida 1478-1|
|Nearest Station||Asakuragaido Station (Nishitetsu Omuta Line)|
|Access from the Station||From the Asakuragaido Station/ Take the Nishitetsu Bus bound for Amagi Eigyosho. (The bus ride takes about thirteen minutes.) Get off at the Ishibitsu Bus Stop, and it is an eighteen minute walk to the orchard.|
|Access by Car||Fifteen minute drive from the Chikushino Interchange of the Kyushu Expressway.|
|Credit card||Not Accepted|
|Language support||Not Available|