Okayama Castle is located to the south of Korakuen Garden, a...
Okayama Farmer’s Market North Village
Okayama Farmer’s Market North Village is a farm-themed facility located in northern area of Okayama. Making use of its natural terrain, it is built with mini zoo, playground, strawberry greenhouse, farmer’s house, restaurant, barbecue area, and lodge houses, where the entire family can have a fun-filled day.
Depending on the season, you can harvest strawberries, blueberries, sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and tomatoes. Since my visit was during the strawberry season, my family and I headed to the North Village with the intention to eat all the red ripe strawberries we could stomach.
I was excited at the thought of eating strawberries to my heart’s content. I was a bit skeptical of the 50-minute time limit allotted for the strawberry-picking, but it turned out to be sufficient to savor enough strawberries. Since the strawberries plants are grown elevated from the ground, you can pick and eat comfortably standing up. At another part of the facility, there is an athletic course built along the terrain where kids can play and challenge themselves.
When you get a chance, stop by the North Village with your family or your significant other; I am assured you will have a wonderful time!
Strawberry-Picking Costs (as of January 28, 2016)
Adults: 1,500 yen
Children in elementary school or younger: 1,300 yen
3 years-old and below: 700 yen
10 minutes by car from Mimasaka IC on the Chugoku Expressway
5 minutes by taxi from the Katsumada Station, JR Kishin Line