The time is ripe for picking strawberries in Kansai. Kid-friendly, u-pick greenhouses and berry patches are open from mid-December to late spring/early summer based on availability. Families indulge on luscious, red berries during timed all-you-can-pick-and-eat sessions. Some places offer extras like condensed milk for dipping or the option of paying more to take home an extra serving (priced on availability by gram, 12 oz (350g)—roughly a pint —for about 500 yen.) Add-ons like outdoor restaurants with barbeques or petting zoos make an enjoyable and unforgettable day trip away from the busy city bustle.
Take your pick from this list of strawberry farms in Kansai (websites in Japanese only). Call ahead or make an online reservation, as places need to confirm availability before you come.
** Denotes additional information such as organic farming or ecological practices, wheelchair/stroller accessibility, or easy train access.