“Kobe” always calls to mind images of juicy beef, but did you know that you can also go fruit picking in Kobe? On Sunday 11th February, the PR Ambassadors took a trip to Kita Ward’s Ozo-cho, around 30 minutes’ drive north of Sannomiya, to try their hand at picking strawberries on the final tour of 2017-2018.
You can do it too- you just need to call and make a reservation. They are popular, so it is recommended to call plenty in advance to check availability. (Details valid for 2018) You can find full details of all farms and their availability in Japanese here.
Ohya Farm- Map
How to get there: by car, take the Rokko Kita toll road and get off at Ozo interchange. Take the number 73 road, west of Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets
By public transport, take the Kobe Dentetsu line to Okaba station, and get a bus to Kobe Fruit and Flower Park. Walk for 15 minutes from Aeon (it is recommended to use the map above)
Pre-open: until Thursday 15th March, 30 minutes all you can eat. 1600 yen for adults (junior high school students and over), 1400 yen for elementary school children, 1200 yen for over 3s, under 3s free*
Full open: Saturday 7th March until 6th May, 45 minutes. 1500 yen for adults (junior high school students and over), 1300 yen for elementary school children, 1100 yen for over 3s, under 3s free*
Post open: 7th May until mid-June, 45 minutes. 1400 yen for adults (junior high school students and over), 1200 yen for elementary school children, 1000 yen for over 3s, under 3s free*
One under 3 free per adult. Any additional child will incur a 500 yen entry fee
To reserve- phone (+81)078-954-0660 or (+81)090-6243-9078 between 7pm and 9pm.
After strawberry picking, the PR Ambassadors popped to Farm Circus at the nearby Fruit and Flower Park to see local Kobe produce, soak their feet in the Kin-no-yu hot spring footbath, and have a spot of lunch.
Finally, they took some strawberries to Ikuta Bunka Kaikan, a few minutes’ walk north of Motomachi station, and a pro patissier showed them how to make an adorable dessert, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Kobe is famous for its delicious desserts, and is also home to Morozoff, the first company to promote giving Valentine’s chocolates in Japan. You can read more about Kobe and Valentine’s Day here.
Check out out the PR Ambassadors’ posts below!
Spent the afternoon with this year's cohort of @kobe_pra. Our last hurrah involved strawberry picking and making delicious desserts together. 🍓 It's been an absolute pleasure to meet all these wonderful people and see new sides to my beloved city. I think these tarts sum it up perfectly: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #japan #kobe_pra #kobecity #kobevalentine #ichigo