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Ginoza is the strawberry-heaven in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2012-01-19

There are delicious strawberries available in stores across Okinawa, and then there are really fresh, delicious strawberries in Ginoza just waiting for people to pick them and eat them.

The Strawberry House, part of the Ginoza Agricultural Successor Training Center, has an almost unbelievable deal going on, where visitors can visit the strawberry plantation, pick strawberries, and even eat to your heart’s content while in the field. Adults and high school age individuals pay ¥1,200, elementary school students ¥700, and preschoolers and nursery school age kids ¥300 for the privilege of visiting, picking and eating.

All the strawberries you can eat in 30 minutes are included in the entry price, and strawberries picked to take home go for ¥150 per 100 grams. The project was begun in 1998 to develop new, profitable crops in Okinawa. The early successes led to creation of the Agricultural Successor Training Center in 2003. The pick-and-eat program was begun by the Ginoza Village Agricultural Successor Training Center in 2006, when residents were first allowed to pick strawberries as they communed with nature. The idea caught on, and in 2007 the program was opened to the general public.

The Strawberry House is open for picking –and eating—every day except Sundays. Weekdays the fields are open 10 a.m. ~ noon and 2 p.m. ~ 4 p.m. Saturdays the fields are open from 10 a.m. ~ 11 a.m. Potential visitors must call for reservations, as there’s a limit to the number of visitors-strawberry pickers permitted each day. Call (098) 968-5102 weekdays 9 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. Reservations are not accepted on Saturdays, Sundays or Japanese holidays.

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