OOTD - Liz Lisa lace sleeveless top, Swankiss denim skirt, Liz Lisa rose quilted bag, Nine West wedge sneakers and Charlotte Russe pom pom cropped knit. Also wearing my new Liz Lisa rose and bow hair clips.
The farm we chose to go to for strawberry picking is called Kawatsura Strawberry Farm. There are multiple options in/around Tokyo but I chose Kawatsura because I really liked their website, and it's all you can eat strawberries for 1500yen! It is located in Chiba, and the closest station is Naruto. It took us about 85 minutes and one transfer at Chiba to get to Naruto station from Shinagawa station. From Naruto station, it was suggested to take a taxi directly to the farm since it's about a 2 mile walk. They even prepared something for non-Japanese speaking tourists to print to hand to the taxi driver to provide easier access. Right outside the station, there were two taxis waiting. There were 6 of us total, and we split into 2 taxis with three people each. I believe the fare for the ride was a little less than 1000yen. [We didn't have to "pay" for transport from Shinagawa because we were able to use all JR lines to get to Naruto and are using the JR Rail Pass for unlimited JR access for 7 days, but I think one way it's about 1500yen.]
The taxis dropped us off right in front of the admission/main building for the farm.
After we paid for admission, the woman sent us down the path between the greenhouses towards a man who told us which greenhouses we could enter (I believe they rotate such that they can be in business everyday for strawberry pickers) and eat from and also explained the rules (also available on the website). Essentially, there is no time limit, eat the strawberries in the greenhouse, do not step over the plants or run around, don't mind the bees and things like that.
|The outside of one of the greenhouses|
|Just inside. Rows and rows of strawberry plants!|
You're supposed to look for the reddest strawberries for the best taste. Size doesn't matter too much.
There were quite a few people also there when we went but still there was plenty of room and lots of strawberries to pick from!
It took us a little while to realize this because we were so excited to just get started, but there are actually signs on each row that tell you what kind of strawberry is growing there. The first row we went down was full of non-sour soft bodied strawberries which is not my favorite at all (but still good of course). When we finally figured out to look at the signs, we all had a much better time because you could pick the strawberries that had the sourness and firmness that you preferred.
|This yayoihime type strawberry was very popular and many of the red ones were gone!|
|There's also a manual water pump outside the greenhouse for you to clean your hands before and/or after|
My bf and I also decided to check out the second, smaller greenhouse that we were allowed into that day.
When we were done, we went back to the main building and I noticed they even had a cat enclosure in there! They also had flowers you could purchase (and pick) in there as well. This is also the building where the bathroom is located.
We anticipated having to catch a taxi back to the station, but employee who helped us earlier actually called the facility van to pick the 6 of us up and take us back to Naruto station! It was so nice of them to do that!
The next part of the plan was to go back to Chiba (approx 40 minutes away) and do light shopping or lunch before my brother had to go to the airport. Trains don't leave very often so we were killing some time before getting on the train. It turns out that we were on the wrong one, and the one leaving soonest left without us realizing it. We were sitting on a train that was going to be dormant for about an hour total. Since the trains don't run very often, we had no choice but to sit and wait another 30 minutes. Sigh, what a waste of time for my brother (and all of us really).
Once we finally got to Chiba station, my parents, my brother and his girlfriend went off without me and my bf to go take my brother to the airport. Apparently while they were waiting for the next train to Narita from Chiba, they ate ramen at one of the station shops and it was terrible/worst of the trip lol. They also ate again at the airport, and it was a little better lol.
Meanwhile, my bf's mission in Chiba was the Chiba Sansui (branch of fishing store also mentioned in Part 2a), so we headed over there.
On the way out, I saw this ad and made my bf take my picture with it lol. Lighting is so bright on the sign that it didn't come out very good though.
After that, we had enough of Chiba and headed back towards Tokyo station. I wanted to go to a stationary story in Ginza to look for things for my coworker, so I suggested we stop for lunch at Torigin, a kamemeshi and yakitori restaurant I remembered that fourfeetnine and Timothy Tiah really enjoyed, also located in Ginza. I made sure I looked up the restaurant before we left the station because apparently Audrey and Tim got quite lost the second time they tried to go lol. The exit you want is like B3 or something like that I think. It is disguised as an Armani Exchange. From that exit, it's quite close. We got there around 03:00pm and the restaurant was quite full and busy actually!
I ordered a chicken kamameshi and my bf ordered some kind of yakitori set that comes with 8 sticks. You can choose between a sweet sauce or salt as the flavoring for the yakitori.
After that, I meant to go to the stationary store also in Ginza (and the reason for stopping there, really) but I totally forgot about that until like 3 whole days later when I realized I didn't go lol. We didn't leave the restaurant until closer to 4:00pm anyway since the food takes a while to prepare, and we were eager to just get back to the hotel for a quick break.
Another reason to go back to the hotel was that I had to change my tights because I managed to put not one but two runs in my tights during the day wtf. One I created like first thing in the morning right before we left even wtf but I didn't have time to change them lol :|
Next/last on the agenda for the day was Shinjuku. My bf wanted to go to the Shinjuku Sansui and I wanted to go to the Shinjuku Alta Liz Lisa. (Are you seeing a pattern here yet? Lol.)
On the train on the way back, I looked up where to eat around Shinagawa station and a few websites mentioned a "ramen street" that was nearby. To find it, leave the JR Shinagawa station through the Takanawa Exit and turn left before the crosswalk. Keep walking for about a block and a half and you will eventually see it on your left down a small set of stairs. There's about 7 or 8 ramen restaurants down there I think. Based on the internet review I read, I knew I wanted to go to one in particular called Kibi because they serve shoyu ramen.
My shopping for the day -
Liz Lisa shopping bag on the left from Shinjuku Alta and a pair of 80 denier tights from 3 Coins at Shimbashi station on the right because they were 50% off lol.
From Liz Lisa -
Yui Kanno collab cardigan in white, Champouf flower charm in white, Stripe peekaboo OP in pink, Shinjuku Alta Spring Festival limited OP in pink + Big ribbon mirror and pouch novelties in pink & notebook noveltyThe reason I didn't want to purchase anything from the Chiba Liz Lisa (as mentioned earlier) was because I knew I wanted to try and get the limited OP from Shinjuku Alta that day. I wasn't planning on getting the cardigan, but the sales girl talked me into it lol.
Day 2 included a lot of sitting on trains >,<. Reflecting on it now, I think this might have been the most fail day of the trip because of getting on the train on the wrong track in Naruto and traveling such a far distance for such a small reward and wasting time while doing it. Plus I wasted a pair of tights by putting two huge runs in it. Plus a restaurant I was thinking would be A+ was more like a C for my bf lol. And we went out of the way to go to Ginza but didn't even go to the stationary store haha. There were a lot of things that didn't exactly go according to plan this day.
However, Kawatsura strawberry farm certainly was fun and the strawberries were quite good + we received great service there. I would definitely recommend it if strawberries are in season and you have some time to kill and don't mind the distance!
Japan trip Spring 2015 posts
Part 1 - Pre-trip planning
Part 2a - March 21, Day 1: Liz Lisa Shibuya 109 Yui Kanno event
Part 2b - March 21, Day 1: Hawkeye Owl Cafe
Part 3 - March 22, Day 2: Kawatsura Strawberry Farm, Chiba, Shinjuku
Part 4 - March 23, Day 3: Tsukiji Fish Market, Yokohama, Machida
Part 5 - March 24, Day 4: Omiya, Ikebukuro, Takadanobaba, Asakusa & luggage forwarding
Part 6 - March 25, Day 5: Shibuya, Shinkansen & Osaka
Part 7 - March 26, Day 6: Tennoji MIO, Nara Deer Park
Part 8 - March 27, Day 7: Kobe (steak), Namba/Shinsaibashi & Keiko
Part 9 - March 28, Day 8: Kyoto, Berri & home
Part 10 - Hotels and Pupuru pocket wifi review
Part 11 - Liz Lisa shopping items/coordinates
Part 12 - Liz Lisa x My Melody 6th collab OPs and hand towel
Japan trip Summer 2014 posts
Japan trip Summer 2015 posts