Photo By: Randiah Camille Green
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Kanto
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Honshu
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Namegata Farmer’s Village

Go glamping and 'disco' strawberry picking at a farm north of Tokyo.

If you want to go camping in Japan but can’t be bothered pitching your own tent or starting a campfire from scratch, Namegata Farmer’s Village in Ibaraki Prefecture has got you covered. The farm offers a full glamping experience, with cozy cabins and tents already set up and waiting for you.

Its countryside location, about two hours east of Tokyo, makes it a great place for stargazing around a campfire, away from all the noise and over-stimulation of the city.

If you’re new to glamping (glamorous camping), you’ve been missing out. Get ready to kick back and enjoy a different side of Japan. Since this is a farm, you still have the chance to get your hands dirty by planting or harvesting sweet potatoes, strawberries and more!

Glamping in Ibaraki

Photo by: Randiah Camille Green Swing low sweet chariot!

Glamping Ibaraki style

The cabins at Namegata Farmer’s Village are actually repurposed shipping containers outfitted with an air conditioner, snug beds, and a deck out front for grilling. Both the cabins and tents can fit up to two people comfortably.

Glamping in Ibaraki

Photo by: Randiah Camille Green Glamp till your heart’s content.

At night, the campsite owner and resident farmer will hook you up with a grand wagyu beef barbecue without you even having to lift a finger. This, of course, all depends on what package you choose — starting from ¥18,000 a night. If you’re feeling really fancy, opt for the hot mulled wine and s’mores roasted from the comfort of the clubhouse fireplace.

Pick strawberries… at night?

Glamping in Ibaraki

Photo by: Jacqueline Olive Strawberry disco!

The campsite is surrounded by several vegetable patches so you can pick and eat whatever is in season. Don’t miss the nighttime strawberry picking in a greenhouse decked out with disco lights! It’s likely the most unique fruit picking experience you’ll ever have.

You may have heard of farm-to-table dining before, but at Namegata, the farm is literally right next to the table. Ibaraki Prefecture’s open landscape makes it an agricultural goldmine — it’s the second biggest producer of sweet potatoes in Japan. The bacon you’ll be served for breakfast comes from pigs who are fed the sweet potatoes being grown onsite.

Glamping in Ibaraki

Photo by: Randiah Camille Green Nush on some fresh strawberries even in winter.

Sweet Potato Museum

Speaking of sweet potatoes, have you ever noticed how they have a tendency to make you pass gas? Well, now you do thanks to the Namegata Yakiimo Factory Museum.

You’ll hardly be able to hold in your laughter as you make a flatulence rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by touching the colorful butt-shaped mannequins, each producing their own musical note.

After you’ve learnt the history of how sweet potatoes came to Japan, and watched assembly workers meticulously making sweet potato treats, don’t forget to take some home for yourself. The sweet potato galette and sweet potato apple pie, which are both made in-house, will make your tastebuds dance!

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Things To Know

Hours and fees

The Yakiimo Factory Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Entry is ¥800.

How To Get There

Address

1561 Uzaki, Namegata, Ibaraki 311-3824, Japan

By bus

You can get to the Namegata Farmer’s Village via highway bus from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit bus terminal. Catch the bus from Terminal 1 heading for Kashima Jingu and get off at the Suigo Itako bus terminal. From there, transfer to a local bus going towards Kashima Ono and get off at Lake Echo. The glampsite is a one-minute walk from there. The trip takes about two hours.

By car

From both Narita Airport and Ibaraki Airport, the campsite is about 45 minutes to an hour by car.

Where To Stay

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  • Yamada 3969 Namegata-Shi, Ibaraki 311-1704
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