Chichibu Fruit Farm
Located in a beautiful valley and surrounded by vast and breathtaking mountains and greenery, Chichibu Fruit Farm is situated in a part of the Chichibu area that can be quite easily accessed from the station.
Thanks to the recent renewal of the greenhouses in 2016, it is now barrier-free, with lockers to leave your baggage safe, Western-style toilets in all facilities, and numerous other improvements.
At this farm, you can take part in thrilling and enjoyable activities such as strawberry-picking, from the beginning of January until the beginning of May, and get your hands on many delicious and popular strawberry brands such as Benihoppe, Yayoihime, Mouikko, as well as two new brands that were created in 2017 in this very area – Amarin and Kaorin.
The strawberries are all carefully nurtured so that they will be fully ripened and ready for visitors on the weekends, however, due to the limited amount of strawberries available, it is a good idea to head to the farm to enjoy this lovely event during the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays.
The picking fee and the all-you-can-eat fee for the strawberries varies by the season you visit in, costing anywhere from 1200-1700 yen (with tax) for every 30 minutes.
All-you-can-eat fruit pickings! Early August to late August is the season for the Himrod Seedless Grape, the month of September is Kyoho (seeded and seedless varieties) season, and from late September to late October is the season of the Shine Muscat. One-variety grape picking ranges from 1,000 to 2,200 yen (including tax).
Yet another precious opportunity here is the opportunity to give your taste buds a special treat with Chichibu’s Yamaruby, a this-area-only cherished brand of grapes. With its gracious long shape and dazzlingly fresh red colour, Chichibu’s Yamaruby is also quite a handful to raise, so there aren’t many farms that take on such a strenuous task, thus limiting the production of this “phantom” brand.
Chichibu Yamaruby’s ripening period starts from mid-August and lasts to the end of the month, but there are no all-you-can-eat courses organized for this brand. Still, you can get your share of this delicacy for 2160 yen (with tax) per kilogram.
Mr. Arai, the manager of this facility, puts the greatest effort into cultivating the fruits using organic fermentation fertilizers. According to Mr. Arai, “by keeping the soil healthy, you can also keep your fruits healthy, thus protecting the health of the people eating it”.
How about tasting the fruits cultivated in an organic, healthy environment?
Access: To reach the Chichibu Fruit Farm, it takes 30 minutes on foot from Seibu Chichibu Station, and 5 minutes via taxi. If you are using a taxi for your departure, please call the taxi to the farm.
|Farm Name||Chichibu Fruit Farm|
|Farm Information||The unique log-cabin style farm building is the landmark of this facility. Various types of strawberries and grapes are cultivated and available for picking here. There are also grape picking courses that include a stone-grilled barbecue (reservation required) too.|
|Admission Fee||Depends on the season/conditions.|
|Hours||9:30-16:00 (shop), fruit picking depends on conditions.|
|Closed||Closed irregularly (closed from mid-May-August, mid-October-January), shop open every day during season.|
|Address||Saitama, Chichibu, Shimokagemori 877-1|
|Nearest Station||Seibu Chichibu Station|
|Access from the Station||From Seibu Railways Seibu Chichibu Station -- 5 minutes by car.|
|Access by Car||Kan-Etsu Expressway Hanazono Interchange via National Route 140 33km/50 minutes.|
|Credit card||Not Available|
|Language support||Simple English|