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Wadō-Nouen (Chichibu City)

 

Feb 2018

This is a privately-owned farm that provides tourists with the experience of harvesting crops that have been raised with utmost care by farmers. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of visitors outside of Japan who have been enthralled by “Fruit-picking” due to the sweetness of Japanese fruits. Is there a devised reason behind the sweetness?

 

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Effort and Care Needed to Grow Sweet Strawberries

Kuroya, Chichibushi. Early in the 6th century, a pan that was unearthed at Kuroya was presented to the Imperial Court, marking a start to casting Japan’s first-ever currency. Also, this historical event is where Japan’s era, Wadō (708~715 A.D.) got its name. Hence making Kuroya a land full of history.

The Wadō Farm is 3 minutes on foot from Wadō Kuroya Station via Chichibu Railroad. Every year over 10 types of strawberries are cultivated in 7 separate plastic greenhouses which adds up to 4,300 square meters of farmland. Out of the many types of strawberries, 7 of them are selected to be enjoyed for “Fruit-picking”. 

 

The staff gave me a freshly picked strawberry. With only one bite, I could savor the sweetness and juiciness of the strawberry. Occasionally the strawberries are topped with condensed milk, however, because the strawberry itself was already very sweet, it seemed wasteful to put it on this time. In addition, to make preparing and cultivating easier, the soil has been organized to be the height of an (average) adult’s hip. The strawberries are clustered and nurtured from these soil. This farm utilizes organic cultivation and nutrients with no chemical fertilizers used in the process of harvest. The temperature, humidity, and air flow are kept at optimum levels with the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide specifically raised. In addition, excess iron is removed from the water. During the winter, a hose that is buried underground will contain water of roughly 15℃. At night, lighting helps the leaves grow. More than anything, the attention and effort put in by the farmers who look after these crops are what formulates the sweetness of each of the strawberries.

 

Process of Production

1.Growing & Planting Seedlings

A vine known as the “runner” stretches out from the root of the strawberry plant and when the tip of the root lands, a new bud blooms, expanding the number of baby roots. The seedlings for next season was cultivated outside of the greenhouse.  

     
    • 2.Blossom & Pollination
    The seedlings are planted in the greenhouse and we wait for a flower to bloom. At Wadō Farm, bees such as Honeybees and Bumblebees are equipped beforehand for pollination. 

 

3.Harvest

40 days after pollination, the strawberries are ready to be taken.

   

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Access


 

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Address & How to Access

〒368-0001 Kuroya, Chichibu-City 457-3

3 minutes on foot from Wadō Kuroya Station (via Chichibu Railroad)

電話 0494-25-4733
Map Google Map
Opening Hours

9:00 to 18:00

(Depending on when the strawberries become out of stock.)

Official WEB http://www.wado-nouen.jp/
Months Available to Strawberry Picking Mid-December to Late May
Time Available to Strawberry Picking Approximately 30 Minutes
Regular Admission (Overseas Personal Travel) Suitability Checkups/Inspects are prohibited Overseas personal travel(s) are welcome
Reservation Reservations cannot be made until the day of visit
Minimum Number of Participants 1
Maximum Number of Participants 200
Other points to be addressed Please check the price on the official website