Strawberry Picking (From January to May)
In Chiba Prefecture, where spring comes a little earlier, you can enjoy strawberry picking in various places of the prefecture from January. Among those, the “Strawberry Road” in Sanmu City is a famous strawberry picking spot in Kanto. Please try this “pick-your-own” experience which represents springtime.
Japanese Pear Picking (From August to September)
Chiba Prefecture is a suitable location for the cultivation of Japanese pears (also called “nashi”) and it boasts the No.1 position in Japan for growing area, crop yield and production amount of Japanese pears (2013). From early August you can enjoy the “Kosui" that has a soft and dense flesh, a strong sweetness and a unique flavor, then from late August the “Hosui” that are very juicy with high sugar content offering a good balance between acidity and sweetness.
Loquat Picking (From May to June)
The loquats of Chiba Prefecture are large and round, very juicy and have thick flesh. The elegant sweetness announcing the coming of early summer will spread to your whole mouth. You can enjoy greenhouse grown loquats from May and outdoor grown ones from June. In addition, they have been offered to the Imperial Family every year since 1909 and this tradition is continuing up to the present day.
Peanut Digging (From September to October)
In Japan, peanuts are the first thing that comes to mind when you mention Chiba. The places where you can enjoy a unique peanut digging experience are also in Chiba Prefecture. It is recommended to eat the peanuts harvested from fields as “Yude Rakkasei” (Steamed Peanuts) boiled just the way they are in salt water. They have a soft texture and you can eat them with their skin. The “Chiba-handachi”, which is the peanut brand said to have the oldest history in Japan, is a popular brand considered as of the highest grade, having body and a rich flavor.
Bamboo Shoot Digging (From April to May)
Freshness is a vital point when it comes to a bamboo shoot having its tip showing a little from the very moment is was dug. If you take part in bamboo shoot digging, you will be able to get fresh bamboo shoots. The feeling of digging up bamboo shoots from the soil might just become an addiction once experienced.
Clamming is an activity allowing to enjoy by using vast and precious natural tidal flats. From the clamming grounds of Kisarazu, called the “Mecca of Clamming”, the clams which can be taken in abundance are known to be "thick, very tasty, and juicy” and that is why many people return there often to enjoy this delicious gift of nature.
Dragnet fishing allows you to experience the feeling of a fisherman, when you join forces with many other people to drag by hand the net towed into the bay and that sardines, mackerels and other fresh fishes are jumping into it. The fishes you caught can be brought back home as souvenirs or you can also enjoy eating them in a seafood barbecue on the beach.