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.
From August until October you can experience picking and all-you-can-eat tours of four different brands of grapes, such as Shine Muscat and Kyoho, a hit with children for its pure taste and seedlessness. The fee for this 30 minute grape picking course depends on the type of grapes, and ranges from 1000 yen to 2200 yen (with 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?
|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|