Takenoko Harvesting in Fukuoka

Sakura may be the symbol of spring, but takenoko (bamboo shoots) are commonly regarded as the taste of spring. These chunky shoots are at their best in April (the beginning of spring), and Kyushu is lucky enough to be home to one of the country’s premium bamboo shoot-producing regions: Ouma, Kokura-minami-ku, Kitakyushu City. The bamboo shoots from here are used by high-end restaurants all over Japan! But don’t just pick some up at the supermarket – take a day trip and go bamboo shoot digging! Tenacious takenoko are as fun to dig as they are delicious to eat. Here are two great spots where you can try your hand at digging up takenoko, plus one event where you can learn the best digging methodology directly from local farmers.

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Ouma Takenoko Taiken-en
Address: 452 Tsujimitsu, Kokura-minami-ku, Kitakyushu [Map]
Open: 3/26 ~ 4/30, 9:00~ (Sat., Sun. & Hol. only)
Price: Adult ¥300, Child ¥100, Hoe rental ¥100
* ¥300/kg of bamboo shoots
Tel.: 093-452-0240 (Weekdays), 090-8225-9959 (Sat., Sun., Hol.)
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Munakata Kanko Takenoko-en
Address: 1142 Yamada, Munakata [Map]
Open: Throughout Apr.
Price: Adult ¥300, Child ¥100, Hoe rental ¥100
* ¥300/kg of bamboo shoots
Tel.: 090-8222-1101 (Mr. Yoshida; reservation required)
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Motegi Takenoko Festival
Great opportunity to try digging for takenoko! Local farmers will teach you how to dig up the shoots!

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• 4/10 (Sun.) 10:00 ~ 15:00
• ¥400/kg
• Motegi area, Ukihamachi Imogawa, Ukiha City [Map]
• Tel.: 090-1086-9078 (Daytime; Mr. Sato), 090-2517-6760 (Nighttime; Mr. Nogami)
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Originally written in March 2016.
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