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  Winter Drive Thru Saitama ~Chichibu and Nagatoro Edition~

                                                                                                                                                                          

Mar.2019

Hello, I am Chaso from the Saitama Prefectural Government Tourism Division.

This time I will be introducing the Winter Drive Thru Saitama ~Chichibu and Nagatoro Edition~.

 

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■Chichibu Area

1. Strawberry Picking (Chichibu Fruit Farm)

 

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The Chichibu area of Saitama Prefecture has large temperature differences so the strawberries are large and sweet. Chichibu Fruit Farm cultivates five types of strawberries and this time I ate and compared four types: amarin, kaorin, benihoppe, and yayoihime.

 

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There is also a photo space available so please be sure to go up with your friends and family.

 

<Chichibu Fruit Farm Information>

Address

877-1 Shimokagemori, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture

MAP

Google map

Access

■Train

・It will take about 80 minutes on the Limited Express Red Arrow from Ikebukuro Station (Seibu Railway) to the Seibu Chichibu Station.

・From the Seibu Railway Seibu Chichibu Station, take the Chichibu Railway from Ohanabatake Station to Kagemori Station, and it is about a 15 minute walk

■Car

・Get off from the Kanetsu Expressway Hanazono IC and drive about 20km on the National Highway No. 140, it should take about 40 minutes.

Business Hours

9:30am - 4:30pm

Operation period and fee (for elementary school and older)

All-you-can-eat strawberries (30 minutes)

From the beginning of January to February: 1700 yen

March to mid-April: 1500 yen

Mid-April to mid-May: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 1200 yen

※ Confirmation on the official website is required

Official Website

http://www.fruit-farm.jp/

 

2. Hijiri Shrine

 

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Next, I headed towards Hijiri Shrine. It takes about 20 minutes by car from the Chichibu Fruit Farm.

 

This was the first place to produce copper in Japan, which was the material used to make wadokaichin

(old Japanese currency).

Hijiri Shrine is called the copper god, and it is said that if you visit this shrine you will not have any money problems.

 

If you walk 15 minutes on the mountain path from the shrine, you will see a large wadokaichin monument.

 

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You can also take funny pictures like this.♪

 

Address

2191 Kuroya, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture

MAP

Google map

Access

■Train

・Take the Joetsu Shinkansen or the Takasaki Line from Tokyo Station and get off at Kumagaya Station. Transfer to the Chichibu Railway heading towards Mitsumineguchi and get off at Wado-Kuroya Station. 5 minute walk.

・Take the Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro Station and get off at Yorii Station. Transfer to the Chichibu Railway heading towards Misumineguchi and get off at Wado-Kuroya Station. 5 minute walk.

■Car

Get off from the Kanetsu Expressway Hanazono IC onto the National Highway No. 140 and take the Minano Yorii Toll Road, it should take about 30 minutes.

Fee

Free

Official Website

http://www.wadoh.co.jp/wado1300/

 

■Nagatoro Area

3. Tofu Shop Umedaya 

 

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The next destination was the Nagatoro area.

 

I went to Umedaya to eat delicious tofu cuisines. It takes about 10 minutes by car from Hijiri Shrine.

Since I visited in February, I had the winter tofu lunch.

 

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The lunch menu changes with the seasons, so you can enjoy it multiple times!

 

Address

268 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu District, Saitama Prefecture

MAP

Google map

Access

■Train

・Take the Takasaki Line from Ueno Station and get off at Kumagaya Station. Transfer to the Chichibu Railway and get off at Nagatoro Station. About a 15 minute walk.

■Car

Get off from the Kanetsu Expressway Hanazono IC and take the National Highway No. 140, it should take about 20 minutes.

Business Hours

Store 10:30am - 5:30pm

Lunch 11:30am - 2:00pm

Cafe 2:00pm - 5:00pm (Last order 4:30pm)

Fee

Limited Tofu Lunch: Weekdays 1,200 yen

Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, and Obon Holidays 1,300 yen

Official Website

http://nagatorotoufu.wixsite.com/umedaya

 

4. Hodosan

Once you’re full, get on the ropeway and go to plum garden on Hodosan. It’s about 3 minutes by car from Umedaya.

 

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This time I took a roundtrip on the ropeway.

You will arrive at the summit in about 5 minutes.

 

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Besides the red and white plums, you can enjoy the beautiful yellow plums that look like they are made out of wax.

 

While enjoying the pleasant plum aroma, I sweated a little taking a light hike.

There is also a small zoo at the top of the mountain where you can see rabbits and Japanese monkeys.

 

Address

1766-1 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu District, Saitama Prefecture

MAP

Google map

Access

■Train

・Take the Takasaki Line from Ueno Station and get off at Kumagaya Station. Transfer to the Chichibu Railway and get off at Nagatoro Station. About a 15 minute walk.

■Car

Get off from the Kanetsu Expressway Hanazono IC and take the National Highway No. 140, it should take about 20 minutes.

Business Hours

9:40am - 4:30pm (Depending on the season)

Fee

Adult [One way] 480 yen [Round trip] 820 yen

Child [One way] 240 yen [Round trip] 410 yen

Official Website

http://hodosan-ropeway.co.jp/

 

 

Besides these things, you can also enjoy other nature activities such as river rafting and camping in Nagatoro.

 

 

Please come and see the natural Chichibu and Nagatoro areas that are near Tokyo.