Location: Futtsu, Chiba Highlights: Farm animals, animal shows, flower fields, fruit picking, crafts workshop, shopping Good for: Friends, families, couples, pets Admission Fees: Same-day Tickets
Adult – JPY 1,500
Child – JPY 800
Dog – JPY 600 Pre-sold Tickets Adult – JPY 1,350
Child – JPY 700
*Sold at ticket machines (Loppi, Famiport, etc.) in convenience stores With Round-trip JR Tickets Adult – JPY 8,400
Child – JPY 6,000
*Sold at JR View Plaza inside JR Stations and Ekinet (Japanese only) Hours:
9:00-17:00 on weekends and holidays/9:30-16:30 on weekdays (Feb to November)
9:30-16:00 on weekends and holidays/10:00-16:00 on weekdays (December to January) Access:
By Train – Take the JR train from Tokyo Station to Kimitsu Station/Sanukimachi Station
By Highway Bus – Take the bus from Tokyo Station to Kimitsu Station
*There’s a shuttle for Mother Farm at Kimitsu Station Official English Website: http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/en/
Date Visited: March 25, 2017
The last time I wrote about Mother Farm, I didn’t go in-depth. I went again earlier this year, and given how lovely the place is, I think it deserves an article that talks more about its charms.
Location: Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture
Height: Nantai Peak (877 m); Nyotai Peak (871 m)
Difficulty: Absolute beginner to intermediate
Duration: Climb – approximately 2 hours on a leisurely pace
Access: From Tsukuba Station (Tsukuba Express), take exit 3. The bus for Mt. Tsukuba arrives on Bus Stop # 1.
When to Go: May to June for lush greenery; Late October to late November for (a bit of) fall foliage
Date Visited: March 20, 2017
Route: Tsukuba Shrine→Nyotai Peak →Ropeway to Tsustsujigaoka (via the Miyukigahara Trail)
Mt. Tsukuba makes an easy day trip from Tokyo. Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, one can easily get to the mountain by hopping on the Tsubaraki Express or a highway bus from Tokyo Station. Both will take you to Tsukuba Center, where you can ride a bus to either Tsukuba Shrine or Tsutsujigaoka, which serve as the mountain train’s entry points.
Several hiking trails are available, but for this particular trip, I chose Miyukigahara. Frankly, I wish I didn’t, as the the trail was mostly composed of steep rocks. (I prefer to see lush greenery and flowers on my hikes.) The trail, however, is pretty straightforward, with markers along the way to tell you how far you still need to go to reach the top.
A three-hour ride from Tokyo Station, Mother Farm is a good place to visit if you want a relaxed day trip where you can be surrounded by lush greenery and adorable animals. The farm caters to both adults and children with various events and attractions such as fruit picking, animal feeding, cow milking, jam making, etc. A small amusement park for kids is also available on site.
JR offers a round-trip ticket including lunch for as low as ¥5500 for adults and ¥3500 for children. (Prices vary according to date.) The train leaves from Tokyo Station via the Sobu Line Rapid Service. The ticket is for the green cart, with no seat reservation. You then get off at Kimitsu Station, and from there you can take the highway bus, or the free shuttle to Mother Farm, which operates at fixed times.