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Fukuoka Strawberry Picking Guide 2017

Strawberry picking is a popular activity in Japan between December and May and Fukuoka is famous for its big, sweet strawberries. Now’s the time to go-a-picking! If you have an appetite for strawberries, check our online guide for tips, locations, photos and a map to get you started on your berry good (pardon the punnet) winter adventures!

Strawberry Picking Tips
• Go early! The fruit is at its freshest first thing in the morning, and nicely chilled from the cool overnight temperatures. Plus – the earlier you go, the more strawberries will be available for you to pick!
• To avoid disappointment, call ahead on the day to make sure there are berries left and check that there’s space for your group.
• Wear comfortable shoes and clothes – something that you can move in and that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
• The temperature can get rather warm inside the greenhouses on a sunny day, so make sure to wear outer layers of clothing you can shed if it gets hot.
• Although it’s really tempting to pick the biggest strawberries you can find, don’t neglect to try the small, red berries too – they’re usually very sweet and tasty.
• Before eating a strawberry be sure to remove the calyx (green top)!

Note: The contents of this guide may be subject to change, and opening times may vary due to weather and strawberry growing conditions. Please check with each farm before visiting. The phone numbers listed may be unavailable on weekends, on holidays or outside business hours. Large groups should always call ahead in advance.

Fukuoka Strawberry Picking Guide map

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Imazu Refresh Farm 今津リフレッシュ農園
• Address: 5685 Imazu, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 092-806-2565
• Varieties: Sachinoka
• Season: 1/7 (Sat.) ~ 4/30 (Sun.)
• Time: Every Sat. & Sun. 09:00~16:00
• Closed: Mon. ~ Fri.
• Reservations: Required. Call in advance on the Friday (08:45 ~ 17.45) before the weekend you plan to visit.
• How it works: ¥1,000 per group (Limited to 2 boxes Jan. ~ Feb., 3 boxes Mar. ~ Apr.). Imazu’s system is slightly different from the other farms – there is no pick-and-eat fee per person. Instead, a group fee is charged and strawberries can be shared between members.
• Website: http://imazu.q-rin.co.jp/index.php

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Akasya Ichigo Farm あかしゃのいちご畑
• Address: 810 Imazu, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 090-7445-6031 / 092-806-2284
• Varieties: Kiyoka, Amaka
• Season: 1/15 (Sun.) ~ mid May
• Time: 10:00~16:00 (Sat., Sun. & Hol. only)
• Closed: Mon. ~ Fri.
• Reservations: Required by phone.
• How it works:
Pick and eat (1 hour): Age 13 y.o. and over ¥2,000; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,500; 2~6 y.o. ¥1,000
Takeaway: ¥250/100g
• Website: http://akasya-ichigo.net/
• Trivia: Akasya has their own brand of strawberries, developed on the farm, called the Kiyoka. These are used by a number of high-end restaurants in Tokyo. The Amaka variety is a new addition to the farm.

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Sakura Farm さくらファーム
• Address: 5966-3 Sakurai, Shima, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 092-327-3272 (9:00~17:00)
• Varieties: Amaou
• Season: 1/4 (Wed.) ~ early May
• Time: 10:00~15:00
• Closed: Irregular (check in advance)
• Reservations: Not required but advised. To make a reservation, call between 08:00~19:00.
• How it works:
Pick and eat (1 hr): 13 y.o. and over ¥1,800; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,200; 3~6 y.o. ¥600
Takeaway: ¥2,000/1kg
• Website: http://iti5.net/farm/fko-sakura.htm
• Trivia: This farm uses organic fertilizers. You’re allowed to bring your own toppings for the strawberries you pick – like condensed milk or whipped cream!

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Akiyama Gardening 秋山園芸
• Address: 260 Kubo, Koga-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 080-1705-3946
• Varieties: Amaou
• Season: 12/1 (Thu.) ~ mid May
• Time: 10:00~16:00
• Closed: Never during the season
• Reservations: Not required but can be done by phone.
• How it works:
Pick and eat (no time limit): 13 y.o. and over ¥1,500; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,000; 3~6 y.o. ¥500
Takeaway: ¥200/100g
• Website: http://www.akiyama-e.com
• Trivia: The elevated cultivation and wide paths of this farm make it easier for children and adults alike to pick strawberries! Easy wheelchair access too. For those visiting by car, search for “Lawson’s Saburoumaru-ten (ローソン三郎丸店)” in the navigation system.

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Fukuoka Berry Farm 玄海いちご狩り農園
• Address: 54-1 Tano, Munakata-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0940-62-8580 / 090-4995-1056
• Varieties: Sachinoka and Akihime
• Season: early Jan. ~ mid May
• Time: 09:30~16:30
• Closed: Fri. (opened on Hols.)
• Reservations: Required by phone.
• How it works:
Pick and eat (30 min.): Jan. ~ Mar.: ¥1,800; Apr. ~ May: ¥1,300 (Children 2~6 y.o.: ¥800 all season)
Takeaway (¥200 entry fee applies): Jan. ~ Mar. ¥200/100g , Apr. ~ May ¥180/100g.
• Website: http://www.fbfarm.com

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Lion Kajitsuen らいおん果実園
• Address: 1478-1 Fukita, Chikuzen-machi, Asakura-gun, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0946-42-5556 (08:30~)
• Varieties: Akihime, Tochiotome, Benihoppe, Amaou, Yayoihime and Lion Ichigo
• Season: 12/3 (Sat.) ~ mid May
• Time: 10:00~17:00 (reception: ~16:00); 10:00~12:00 open to those who made reservations, 13:00~ open to public
• Closed: Irregular
• Reservations: By phone or online
• How it works:
Pick and eat (1 hour): 13 y.o. and over ¥1,600, 3~12 y.o. ¥1,200
Takeaway (¥200 entry fee applies): ¥200/100g.
• Website: http://www.lionkajitsuen.com
• Trivia: The Lion Kajitsuen farm has many different varieties of strawberries. There are 50 parking spaces and big groups are welcomed. Feel like getting creative? Join one of the jam (¥2,000) or crêpe-making (¥800) classes.

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Chikushino Strawberry Fields 筑紫野いちご・いちじく農園
• Address: 1278 Chikushi, Chikushino-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 092-400-3239 / 090-4516-1484
• Varieties: Kaorino, Sagahonoka, Yotsuboshi, Benihoppe, Yumenoka, Amaou, Tokun
• Season: late Nov. ~ 5/31 (Wed.)
• Time: 09:00~17:00
• Closed: Mon. (Tue. when Mon. is a holiday)
• Reservations: Required by phone or online.
• How it works:
Pick and eat (40 mins.): late Nov. ~ 5/7: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,900; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,300; 3~6 y.o. ¥1,100
From 5/9 ~ 5/31: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,600; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,000; 3~6 y.o. ¥800
Takeaway ( ¥300 entry fee applies): ¥180~¥240/100g (Dec. ~ Feb.), ¥140~¥180/100g (Mar. ~ May)
• Website: http://1515.itigo.jp/
• Trivia: Chikushino Strawberry Fields is Kyushu’s biggest strawberry farm and has access for both wheelchairs and children’s pushchairs/buggies. They have over twenty greenhouses growing more than ten varieties of strawberry including the popular Amaou. You can also join a strawberry jam making class (¥2,500)!

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Nakano Kajitsuen 中野果実園
• Address: 343 Tanushimaru-machi Ishikaki, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0943-72-2967
• Varieties: Amaou, Toyonoka, Benihoppe
• Period/Season: late Jan. ~ early May
• Time: 08:00~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Reservations: By phone, or fax (0943-72-1328)
• How it works:
Pick and eat (30 min.): Jan. ~ Feb.: 10 y.o. and over ¥2,000; 9 y.o. and under ¥1,500. From March: 10 y.o. and over ¥1,500; 9 y.o. and under ¥1,200.
Takeaway: ¥200/100g
• Website: http://www.nakanokajitsuen.jp/contents/ichigo.html
• Trivia: Nakano Kajitsuen don’t use any chemicals on their berries, only organic fertilizer; so you can enjoy delicious, all-natural Fukuoka strawberries. They have BBQ facilities too (additional fees apply)!

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White Berry ホワイトベリー
• Address: 425 Takahashi, Oki-machi, Mizuma-gun, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0944-32-1200
• Varieties: Amaou
• Season: 1/7 (Sat.) ~ mid May
• Time: 09:00~17:00 (reception 10:00~15:00)
• Closed: Mon. (Tue. when Mon. is a holiday)
• Reservations: By phone or online
• How it works:
Pick and eat (40 min.): 1/7 ~ 2/28: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,800; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,600; 3~6 y.o. ¥1,400. 3/1 ~ 3/31: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,500; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,400; 3~6 y.o. ¥1,300. 4/1 ~ mid-May: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,300; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,200; 3~6 y.o. ¥1,100
• Website: http://www.shiro-ichigo.com
• Trivia: If you participated in strawberry picking, you are eligible to buy a ticket to Aqus Onsen for just ¥100 (usually ¥500)! Enjoy delicious Amaou berries and a relaxing hot bath – a heavenly combination! Not available during Feb.

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Yamandon うきは果樹の村 やまんどん
• Address: 2212-7 Ukiha-machi Yamakita, Ukiha-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0943-77-4174
• Varieties: Sachinoka, Sagahonoka, Benihoppe and Awayuki
• Season: 1/7 (Sat.) ~ early May
• Time: 10:00~12:00 (by reservation only) and 13:00~16:00
• Closed: Mon., Wed., Fri.
• Reservations: Required by phone (morning only).
• How it works:
Pick and eat (30 min.) Jan. ~ Mar.: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,600, 7~12 y.o.: ¥1,300, 3~6 y.o.: ¥900, Apr. ~ May.: 13 y.o. and over: ¥1,400, 7~12 y.o.: ¥1,100, 3~6 y.o. ¥900
Takeaway: ¥250/100g (you cannot buy takeaway berries only)
• Website: http://www.yamandon.com/top.html
• Trivia: Two greenhouses provide enough space for you to pick berries to your heart’s content. There is also a cafe which uses the fresh strawberries in yummy desserts. Strawberries are grown with onsen (spa) water full of minerals.

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Buzen Fruit Land 観光農場ぶぜんフルーツランド
• Address: 2024-31 Shiromaru, Buzen-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0979-83-4622
• Varieties: Amaou
• Period/Season: end of Jan. ~ end of Apr.
• Time: 9:00~16:30 (entry ~15:30)
• Closed: Irregular
• Reservations: Not needed, but please call on the day to check availability of strawberries.
• How it works:
Pick and eat (30 min.) : 7 y.o. and over ¥1,500; 3 y.o. and over ¥1,000.
Takeaway: ¥220/100g
• Website: http://www.buzenfruitland.com
• Trivia: This farm offers fruit-picking year-round. One greenhouse has them at ground level, and the others are elevated for easier picking. For ¥2,800 you can enjoy picking and eating followed by yakiniku.

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Pooh’s Strawberry Garden プーさんのいちご園
• Address: 600-3 Baba, Yame-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0943-30-1169
• Varieties: Amaou, Sachinoka, Benihoppe, Sagahonoka, Kaorino, Yayoihime, Mouikko, Natsumirai and Toukun
• Period/Season: 1/3 (Tue.) ~ mid~end of May
• Time: 10:00~16:00 (last entry 15:00) *closed when out of strawberries
• Closed: Mon. (Tue. when Mon. is a holiday)
• Reservations: Required for large groups only. Please call on the day to check availability of strawberries, especially on weekends.
• How it works:
Pick and eat (60 mins.): Jan. ~ Mar.: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,800; 4~12 y.o. ¥1,400. Apr.: 13 y.o. and over: ¥1,600; 4~12 y.o.: ¥1,200. May: 13 y.o. and over: ¥1,300, 4~12 y.o.: ¥800
Takeaway (¥200 entry fee applies): Jan. ~ Feb.: ¥250/100g, Mar. ~ May: ¥150~¥250/100g (Price varies depending on size and color of strawberries.)
• Website: http://gennousya.com
• Trivia: Pooh’s Strawberry Garden was featured in the Japan’s Tastiest Strawberry Competition on the Japanese TV show ‘Getsuyou kara yofukashi’.

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Ike Strawberry Farm 池いちご園
• Address: 2032 Imazu, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel: 092-806-3995
• Varieties: Kaorino, Amaou
• Season: 12/17 (Sat.) ~ 5/28 (Sun.)
• Time: 10:00~ (until they are all picked)
• Closed: Mon. to Fri.
• Reservations: First-come, first served. Call in advance.
• How it works:
Pick and eat: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,900; 7~12 y.o. ¥1,500; 4~6 y.o. ¥1,000; 3 y.o. ¥500; under-3s go free.
Takeaway: ¥270/100g, ¥2,700/1kg, ¥3,240/1.2kg, strawberry jam ¥500
• Web: http://www.ike-ichigoen.com/about.html
• Trivia: The Kaorino is a new variety of strawberry from Mie Prefecture. Their sweetness is rated as 16~19 – very sweet! No time limit, eat as many as you can!

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Hirokawa Fruit Village 里の駅広川くだもの村
• Address: 268 Yoshitsune, Hirokawa-machi, Yame-gun, Fukuoka
• Tel: 0943-32-2413
• Varieties: Amaou, Benihoppe, Kaorino, Mouikko and Oishi-berry
• Period/Season: 1/2 (Mon.&Hol.) ~ mid May
• Time: 9:00~18:00 (last entry 16:00)
• Closed: Tue.
• Reservations: By phone
• How it works:
Pick and eat (1 hour): 1/2 ~ 4/11: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,500; 4~12 y.o. ¥900. 4/12 ~ mid May: 13 y.o. and over ¥1,000; 4~12 y.o. ¥600
Takeaway (¥100 entry fee applies): 1/2 ~ 4/11: ¥200/100g; 4/12 ~ mid May: ¥150/100g
• Web: http://www.kash.jp/fruitmura/
• Trivia: Amaou sweets and fresh vegetables are also sold at the marketplace.

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Originally written in Jan. 2017.
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NOTE: The contents of this guide may be subject to change, and open terms may vary due to weather and strawberry growing conditions. Please check with each farm before visiting. The phone numbers listed may be unavailable on weekends, on holidays or outside business hours. Large groups should always call ahead in advance. The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in March 2016.

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Published: Jan 12, 2017 / Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017

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