Guided Picnic Tour at a Farm! Harvest Seasonal Local Vegetables of Tokachi and Taste Them Outside in the Fields
"Itadakimasu!" This is a very common phrase to say in Japan before starting to eat, to express one’s appreciation for the foods received. However, it is unusual to say “Itadakimasu” in the middle of a farming field. The “Tokachi Farm Picnic” tour offers you such an extraordinary experience. Would you like to pick your own vegetables and eat them fresh while still outside?
Tokachi is Japan's largest food bowl
The farm picnic experience is available in the Tokachi area of Hokkaido, located in northern Japan. The vast farmland seems never-ending. Besides, Tokachi is generally blessed with fine weather even during winter, and so is called “Tokachi-Bare (Sunny Tokachi)”. If you look up, you will be overwhelmed by the perfect blue sky.
Tokachi is also noted for its abundance of food. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the food self-sufficiency rate on a calorie basis in Tokachi was 1100% in 2013. It is no exaggeration to say that Tokachi is Japan's largest food bowl.
Each season, a range of vegetables thrives in Tokachi, such as potatoes, canola flower, corn, wheat and beans. You can harvest fresh seasonal vegetables throughout the year. But please remember that the winter months are off-season for harvesting as Hokkaido in winter is the coldest area in Japan!
Join a guided picnic tour at a farm!
The “Tokachi Farm Picnic” tour is popular among tourists to Tokachi. You can pick vegetables by yourself and taste them outside while taking a guided tour and learning about Tokachi’s local foods and agriculture. Such vast farmland can be seen in other countries too, but joining a guided tour at the farm is a special experience not to be missed.
The tour guide provides an interesting and informative explanation about harvesting methods using graphic illustrations.
Now, let’s take a walk in the cornfield. Walking into the vast cornfield with tall stalks of corn is exciting, like being in a maze.
"Ah, this corn looks tasty!" Enjoy the precious moment of looking for delicious vegetables while enjoying chatting with family and friends in the cornfield.
“Itadakimasu” in the middle of a vegetable field
After harvesting, you can also enjoy eating the vegetable dishes cooked by the guide in the middle of the field. Place it on a plate and say “Itadakimasu”!
Freshly picked vegetables are full of sweetness. Eating under the clear blue sky enhances your appetite and the taste of vegetables.
Such delicious dishes satisfy the heart and stomach and will surely put a big smile on your face. Don’t miss the chance to eat these seasonal vegetables when visiting Tokachi! Joining the tour with families and friends will make it much more exciting and precious.