Strawberry Picking on subtropical island
Strawberries are synonymous with the spring season. It’s easy to pop into the supermarket and grab pack of fresh strawberries. But having a hands-on experience picking your own strawberries fresh off the vine is much more special. What makes strawberry picking such a fun, special experience is that it can only be had once a year during the harvest season.
Although strawberries are synonymous with spring, they are not often associated with Okinawa. Tropical fruits such as mango and pineapples are most often associated with Okinawa because they thrive in hot, humid climates. Of course, hand-picking fruits a local mango or pineapple farm during the summer months is also highly recommended.
Because of the subtropical climate, strawberries grown in Okinawa have a long harvest season from December to May, almost half of the year! This is what makes picking strawberries in Okinawa such a unique experience. The fresh, juicy taste of off-the-vine strawberries can be enjoyed throughout the entire spring season.
Here we would will introduce several strawberry farms on Okinawa that offer hand-picking to visitors.
Tomoya Farm is located near Camp Foster in Nakagusuku. As a result, there are number foreigners who visit the farm regularly. Open for Saturday and Sunday only from 9:00 A.M. First come basis. ¥1900 for adult, ¥1700 for kid and ¥1400 for age under 6. (infants are free)
Ginoza Strawberry Association is showcasing the 11 of strawberry farms in Ginoza village. It’s best to check their pages and make reservation before visiting.
Chura Ichigo Farms in Itoman city. ¥2000 for adult, ¥1400 for kid, ¥900 foe age over 75 and under 3 years old. Reservation needed from the website. http://www.chura-ichigo.jp/