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Springtime Travels in Japan vol.2
Strawberry Picking at Dragon Farm!
Looking for some adventures in Japan that you won’t find in your typical guidebook? Follow the springtime travels of Farng and Iki from the DiGJAPAN! editorial staff as they visit the lovely Chiba Prefecture for a day of strawberry picking at Dragon Farm.
The early bird gets the… strawberry?
Which will you choose: chocolate sauce of condensed milk?
The farm staff shares the finer points of strawberry picking
Point One: a whitish color around the hull of the strawberry means it’s completely ripe.
To get a strawberry that's perfectly ripe, pay close attention to the top of the berry. When the spot under the leaves has turned a little pale in color compared to the rest of the strawberry, there’s a good chance it's reached the perfect level of ripeness.
※Does not apply to all kinds of strawberries.
Save the best for last! The sweetest part of the strawberry is the tip. Though it may be tempting to eat that part first, that will leave you with the slightly less sweet top to remember your strawberry by. If you start with the top first, you'll have a sweeter finish to your berry.
Let's take a look at the different kinds of strawberries!
Know a glance: a helpful strawberry chart
※ Strawberries of the same variety may differ in taste and texture depending on the time of year.
※ The varieties of strawberries available to eat at Dragon Farn vary on the day / what's ready for picking)
※ The two varieties of strawberries in the bottom right corner are still in testing stages and haven’t been named yet.
Address: 1354 Sakazukicho, Wakaba-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken （MAP）
Telephone: 043-235-3788 (Japanese only)
Open yearly January thru early-May
2017 Strawberry picking period: January 1 thru May 14, 2017
Check their Facebook or call for more details regarding closings
Reception on Weekdays 10:00am~
Reception on weekends and holidays 8:30am~
Strawberry picking 10:00am~
Closes when strawberries are gone.
* In the event that are is a large number of participants, the reception may close early.
Cost for a 30 minute all-you-can-eat strawberry picking session
Jan. 1 thru March 31
Adults: 2,000 yen
Children ages 4 and up: 1,500 yen
Children ages 2~3: 500 yen
April 1 ~ early-May
Adult: 1,700 yen
Children ages 4 and up: 1,200 yen
Children ages 2~3: 500 yen
Spoken foreign languages: English ※ English speaking staff may sometimes be unavailable
Dates and times updated as of January 2017. Changes to dates, times, and prices may occur. Please check Dragon Farm's website before visiting. Pictures and text used in this article are from 2016. Changes may have occurred. Also, there are 15 varieties of strawberries available for 2017.
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 03 29,2016 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team
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