Izu Fruits Park: A healthy excuse to satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings!
Posted on March 5, 2021
Thinking of where to go for a memorable day trip? Mishima City in Shizuoka Prefecture has an enticing all-you-can-pick (and eat) strawberry and seasonal fruits farm that is open almost all year round. At Izu Fruit Park, melon season runs from June to September, while mikan (Japanese tangerine) season runs from October to November. However, the main attraction that the farm recommends is the strawberry-picking, which lasts from early December through mid-May. With a stunning view of Mount Fuji and only a 25-minute bus ride from Hakone, Izu Fruit Park is a great destination to get out of the city and breathe some coastal air.
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Since the farm is located inside a greenhouse, you can happily go about picking your strawberries, rain or shine!
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There are multiple varieties of strawberries grown at the farm. Native to Shizuoka, benihoppe (translating to ‘red cheeks’) strawberries are known for their sweet yet refreshing taste. Akihime strawberries, also from Shizuoka, are low in acidity and high in sugar. The farm also grows the fragrant kaorino strawberries.
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Your strawberry-tasting experience will be elevated to a mouth-watering level with the Japanese favorite—condensed milk—offered along with your strawberry basket.
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You’ll definitely get a lot of bang for your buck since picking times are open from 10am-3pm. Just imagine how many strawberries you’d be able to eat in that window!
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He makes them look so light with his graceful pose, but trust us when we say Japanese musk melons are heavy! Packed with so much sweetness, the melons at Izu Fruit Park are a treat all on their own.
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If the fresh fruits themselves don’t fully satisfy your cravings and you’re looking for something a little more filling, there are plenty of sweets available for sale. Depending on the season, you’ll be able to find freshly-squeezed mikan juice, homemade jam, strawberry almond tofu parfait, or this delicious cream-filled strawberry crepe (above). Not to mention, the restaurant upstairs that features set meals featuring seafood and oysters, freshly caught off the shores!
Access: 181-1 Tsukahara Shinden, Mishima City, Shizuoka
Tickets: admission price depends on the season
Visit their website ↓↓↓ to reserve your place!
Written by: Maya Kimura Watts