Fukushima Prefecture has also been known for its agricultural process. Its peaches are the most famous produce of Fukushima, but blessed with a climate slap bang in the middle of Japan, Fukushima produces countless delicious fruit and veggies.
One of the places where you can see this process in action is Wonder Farm in Iwaki City, a ‘new age farm’ where visitors can learn about farming and also eat lots of delicious food.
If you like fresh fruit and veg, pizza and BBQs then Wonder Farm is definitely worth a visit. If you love tomatoes, then not visiting is out of the question!
Wonder Farm is split into 5 areas
1) JR Tomato Land
Wonder Farm’s tomato farm. Visitors can pick as many tomatoes as they can fit in their allocated Tomato Land bag for only 800 yen!
There are over 9 types of tomatoes grown at the farm – many with interesting and puzzling names such as Hula Girls, Midori Chan and Carol. Depending on the type, the colour of the ripe tomatoes varies from yellow to dark purple, and each has its own unique flavor and texture. It’s fun to try all the different types out and pick a favourite.
2) Mori no Marche
A shop selling locally-produced food, souvenirs and tomato ice cream. So far, the farm has sold many unique products such as tomato jam, tomato curry, tomato beans and tomato dressing, as well as more standard kitchen staples like tomato ketchup, puree and sauce.
3) Mori no Kitchen
A buffet-style restaurant where customers can choose from around 30 different dishes, including wood-fired pizza made! Of course all of the dishes are made with local products as much as possible. Not only this, but the menu changes daily! Take-out pizza is also available.
4) Agri Kobo
This may sound a little sinister, but it is actually the farm’s innovation workshop, where new products are developed. Visitors can have a look inside!
5) BBQ Area
The BBQ area is available to rent for 2000 yen for 3 hours (Must be reserved 5 days in advance by phone). There are many places to sit down outside and just relax – which is surprisingly rare in Japan! Wonder Farm also has its resident cat Tatsu who has a little house outside near the BBQ area. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see him!
The photos in this post are from my recent visit to Wonder Farm. Unfortunately I didn’t take photos in the areas of Wonder Farm outside of Tomato Land, but hopefully I can take more during my next visit!
JR Tomato Land Picking Experience Times
- Starting times: 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
- Price: 800 yen
- Weekends and Japanese National Holidays. No reservation needed.
Wonder Farm is a 20 minute drive from Iwaki Station, so renting a car from outside the station or going by taxi would be easiest.
To reach Iwaki from Tokyo, take the JR Hitachi-Tokiwa Limited Express train from Ueno Station to Iwaki Station, taking around 3 hours.
For visitors already in Fukushima, get to Koriyama Station, then there is a direct train to Iwaki, which takes just over 1.5 hours.
See below for an example 2 day trip in Iwaki, including a visit to Wonder Farm!