Matsui No-en, an “amusement farm”. 30min from Karuizawa.

September 17th, 2009 by
Category: Experience, Outdoor Activities

Fishing a toutHave you been to a no-en farm in Japan? The farm I’m writing about here is a little different from normal farm (no-jo, no-chi in Japanese). It is no-en, like a small nature-oriented amusement park with restaurants and shops etc. Matsui No-en is one of the best known no-en in East Nagano area. It was about 30 minutes drive from our house in Karuizawa. When I and our family went there, it was still during summer vacation. So its car parking lot was almost full even before the lunch time. Matsui No-en had a lot to offer for families. First of all we had a BBQ lunch with fresh vegetables (which we believed were cultivated in the Matsui farm) at a restaurant inside the farm area. We fished trouts in a fishing pond. Then we went to apple picking. And before we went home, we had a big, blueberry flavored ice cream. Matsui No-en is in Komoro, West bound from Karuizawa, about 30 mintutes by car. It was a good, easy half-day get away from home.  There are only Japanese spoken staff, but they are all friendly and helpful.

http://www.matsui-farm.co.jp/ (Japanese only) On the homepage, it says it’s been running since 1941! In the no-en, you can enjoy blueberry picking and cosmos pickinig too. No admissioni fee. At charge for each service. Free parking.

TK-syusyu

About Shuichiro (Inactive)

My name is Shu Ono and I became self-employed 4 years ago and started my own tourism business called Jissen Inbound. I just wanted to introduce myself and my travel journal which I will try my best to keep updated with all my trips in Nagano (both business and pleasure. Just a little about myself: I'm originally from Osaka, Japan, the second largest city in Japan. But after graduation from an university in Tokyo, I spent about 4 years in other coutnries - Australia, USA and England. Please don't ask me which food I like - fish & chips or hamburger. :) I like Japanese foods very much. Recently I'm really interested in Japanese calligraphy andI play golf which I hope to do so this coming summer in Nagano. Also I love traveling Japan. I'm happy with what I'm doing in business because my clients are usually ryokans and hotels in coutryside including Nagano. I hope to use my experiences to make contributions to the Nagano tourism blog site. TKsyusyu

3 Responses to “Matsui No-en, an “amusement farm”. 30min from Karuizawa.

  1. i’m very interested to go Matsui No-en. I’ll be visiting Japan on the 1st Aug and planning to go Karuizawa on the 7th Aug. May i know how do i get to Matsui No-en from Karuizawa? are there any public transport that i can take?

    thank you.

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