Strawberry Picking at Tsukuihama

All-you-can-eat. Pick & dip in sweet condensed milk!

By Jessica A Paje    - 3 min read

Strawberry season has officially begun at Tsukuihama Tourist Farm in Yokosuka. From January 1st to May 5th, enjoy all-you-can-eat on the premises. Although limited to a 30-minute time frame, you’ll find the duration to be more than enough to harvest and fill your tummies with the ripest berries. Oh, life just got so much sweeter with strawberries dipped in condensed milk!

To access the strawberry fields, start from Tsukuihama Station off of Route 134. A shuttle bus is available in front of the station adjacent to the bicycle lot. By car, the farm is within a 5-minute drive. On foot, about a 15-minute walk. The streets are narrow, so please proceed with caution and follow the Tsukuihama fruit & vegetable signs along the path.

En route, you’ll come across a large building clearly marked by banners and colorful strawberry signs. Visitors should check-in here for payment, and in return, a greenhouse number will be assigned. Most of the information is printed in Japanese with basic information translated into English. Free parking is available just across the street on the upper level. Due to the loose gravel and mud on rainy days, be sure to wear proper shoes.

Rules of the Farm:

  1. Check-in at specified strawberry greenhouse
  2. Receive a small tray, which holds sweet condensed milk on one side and the other to hold your stems.
  3. All-you-can-eat, on the premises, within a 30-minute time limit.
  4. Pick the strawberry from the stem. Do not pull from the fruit.
  5. Once you exit the greenhouse, you cannot re-enter.
  6. Be mindful of the young fruit and plants. Pick and walk with caution.

Pricing per person:

  • Jan 1 to Jan 5: 1,900yen
  • Jan 6 to end of Feb: 1,700yen
  • Mar 1 to Mar 31: 1,500yen
  • Apr 1 to May 5: 1,200yen

Lastly, the temperature in the greenhouse can get very warm, even in the winter, so you may want to dress in layers. Also, you’ll notice a slight buzz in the air. Strawberry flowers are most effectively pollinated by honeybees, so don't be alarmed. They are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.

Have a berry great time and enjoy!

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Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

From San Diego, California, I lived in Japan for 5 years and am now in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2010, I arrived in Yokosuka with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also went to California for 1 month, raised a monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the USA could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. I wanted them to know that the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as Japan Travel to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here. Feel free to contact me at jessica.paje@japantravel.com. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶

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Kim B a year ago
Worth every yen in my opinion - the strawberries in Japan are next-level good!
Relinda Puspita 5 years ago
It must be fun!
Jessica A Paje Author 5 years ago
Hi Relinda! It was definitely loads of fun. Strawberries in Japan are out of this world! Especially delicious when dipped into sweet condensed milk. What a treat! Hope you get to experience it out here. :-)