Thursday, May 13, 2010

All You Can Eat...For 30 Minutes

Combining the concept of an all-you-can-eat buffet and a u-pick farm is a strawberry farm near Tokyo called Koyano Orchard (Koyano Kajuen).

One and a half hours by train from Tokyo, this farm in Hanno City, Saitama allows you to pick and eat as many as you like for 30 minutes.

Our hotel advised us that there are two types of strawberries available at the farm. 1) Akihime - not as acidic with tender pulp, and 2) Beni-hoppe - with the best balance of acidity and sweetness.

In Nirayama-Tada, an area famous for its Benihoppe strawberries, 60,000 honeybees were recently stolen as part of a major increase in honeybee thefts all over Japan. I don't know if this will affect the coming crop but you should call ahead anyway to make sure they're not sold out before you go. I discovered that they also have u-pick grapes, but don't know which time of year. The following images are from their website.

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