One scrumptious way to beat the winter cold in Nagano is to go strawberry picking. You can pick all-you-can-eat strawberries inside a toasty-warm greenhouse. One such location is Agri-Park in Chikuma City. I went there recently with some bloggers from Taiwan. They really enjoyed picking the berries, dipping them in some condensed milk, and popping them into their mouths. Deliciously sweet berries and a warm escape from the cold — a perfect winter day in Nagano.
Agri-Park is located in the vicinity of the Mori Shogunzuka ancient burial mound, so you can indulge in prehistoric history after you’ve had your fill of yummy strawberries. For further historical intrigue, the Nagano Prefecture Historical Museum is adjacent to the burial mound’s visitors center.
Access via public transportation is from Yashiro Station on the Shinano Railway. Bus service from the station is infrequent so either taxi (approx. 7 min., 800 yen) or on foot (2km, 25 min.). By car, Koshoku IC on the Nagano Expressway is approx. 6 min. 3km.