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Blueberry Picking on a Tokyo Daytrip


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Handpick fresh berries at farms within Tokyo’s borders

Kodaira City, Tokyo Prefecture



There are few better places to go blueberry picking than Kodaira, a city that prides itself on being the first area in Japan to cultivate blueberries. Just 30 minutes by train from Tokyo’s Seibu Shinjuku Station, the city even has its own blueberry mascot: Bluebey, a rotund purple berry smiling broadly with joy.
Kodaira’s soil has just the right acidity to produce bountiful harvests of blueberries. Pick them in-season—July through September—and enjoy them at the farm, eat them fresh, or take them home to freeze to use for compote or make jam.
Blueberry picking is just one of several seasonal pick-your-own activities in Japan that helps support local farms. Kodaira houses many farms that allow you to pick your own blueberries, including the recommended Misono Fruit Farm and Ben’s Farm, both of which also offer other seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Be sure to check the individual farms’ websites to confirm peak seasons.


How to get there

From Tokyo Station, take the Yamanote Line to Takadanobaba Station. At Takadanobaba Station, transfer to the Seibu Line and ride to Kodaira Station (about 50 minutes).


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