Strawberry Picking Special

It's finally here, the season of strawberries! In the natural world, strawberries ripen around March to April, but due to advanced agricultural techniques and the miracle of greenhouses, Japan's strawberry season lasts from December to May. Winter strawberries, more than their spring cousins, have a brilliant red luster, great size, and sublime taste.

Nutritional Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries are a sweet fruit beloved by both children and adults, but what many people don't know is that they are packed with a number of important vitamins. Strawberries are great for the body, for example:

  • Strawberries are bursting with vitamin C. Just five or six strawberries contain your daily recommended dose of vitamin C.
  • Strawberries are known to help prevent cancer.
  • Strawberries have a beautifying effect.
  • Strawberries are good for the digestion, so they are great for dieting!
In addition to the nutritional benefits listed above, strawberries have many other wonderful qualities. Don't let this year's strawberry season pass you by!

Japanese Strawberries

Although strawberries are cultivated throughout Japan, the prefectures of Tochigi, Fukuoka, and Shizuoka produce the most. Of these three, the most prolific is Tochigi prefecture, which produces a variety of strawberries called "Tochiotome." In addition to "Tochiotome," there are many other registered and unique varieties of strawberries...incredibly, over 100!

For example, Fukuoka offers a new variety of strawberry called "Amaou," known for its color, roundness, size, and deliciousness. Shizuoka is known for "Benihoppe," a variety of strawberry with a strong scent and a vivid color.

Tour Highlights

We felt so strongly about sharing the deliciousness of Japanese strawberries that we set up a large number of strawberry picking tours! One of the hallmarks of our tours is that not only will you have a chance to sample delectable strawberries, but you will also be shown many of Japan's famous tourist locations. Strawberries cultivated differ by area, so be prepared to be surprised! Joining our tours is joining a strawberry tasting bonanza!

The Joy of Strawberry Picking

The following is some information on strawberry picking.

Most strawberry orchards are far outside of the cities and require transportation to get to, so join a tour and take a bus!

When you arrive at the orchard, you will see a number of greenhouses.

*Since you will be inside these greenhouses, make sure to bring adjustable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Also, avoid wearing high heels, as it can damage the greenhouse.

Select the best strawberries!
Here are some special tips!

When you arrive at the orchard, you will see a number of greenhouses.

1) Look for large, fragrant strawberries.
2) Strawberries with a fresh gleam are best. Avoid cracked strawberries.
3) Stems that are a verdant green and thick are a good sign.
4) Avoid unripe half-green strawberries. Take the pure red ones.

When picking a strawberry, lightly grasp it in on hand, then turn it upside down and gently pull! This will minimize damage to the strawberry.

Many strawberry orchards in Japan don't use agricultural chemicals, so you can pick and eat strawberries without washing them! Also, some orchards offer condensed milk, which lets you enjoy your strawberries in a whole new way!

Does all this sound appealing?
If so, make sure to set out on your own strawberry picking journey!