Mother Farm in Chiba – A Trip the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Have you ever been to a Japanese farm? There is one in Chiba that is perfect for a day trip. The Mother Farm offers entertainment for young and old alike.
How to Get There
You can reach the farm by car or public transport. If you go by train the closest station is Kimitsu station, which is about 2 hours from Shinjuku. From there you can take a bus that takes you to the farm.
The entry fee is 1,500 Yen for an adult and 800 Yen for children. The farm is open from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekends and holidays and from 9:30 to 16:30 on weekdays from February to November. The December to January opening hours are slightly shorter.
Things to Do
The farm area is spacious and there are a lot of things you can do. Throughout the day there are a variety of different shows you can watch for free. There is a sheep show where sheep from all over the world are introduced, a pig race where you can bet on a pig and win prices, a duck parade and much more. All shows are held several times a day. For the perfect experience check the show schedule on their website beforehand and plan your day according to what you want to watch.
Besides the shows, there are several petting areas where you can pet and feed different animals. There is one area with rabbits and guinea pigs and one with sheep, capybaras, maras and tortoises.
Sometimes the animal’s keepers can get a little playful and if you are lucky you can take snapshots like this.
Besides that, there are also spots where you can try riding a horse or milking cows.
Where to Eat
The farm has several restaurants where you can try original menus. An interesting menu are the milk ramen made with milk from the farm that you can try in the restaurant Waku Waku. For kids, I would recommend the Mother Factory restaurant as they have a very cute Alpaca curry.
On weekdays and holidays, the restaurants can get very crowded during lunch time so it might be a good idea to go for an early or late lunch.
The Farm Tour
Besides the beforementioned attractions, there is also an optional farm tour that takes you to areas of the farm you cannot visit otherwise. The tour cost an additional 1600 Yen for each adult and 900 for children. If you buy the tour ticket together with an entry ticket you get a small discount.
During the tour you ride a bus through a special area of the farm and a guide will explain different kinds of farm work to you. Unfortunately, the tour is only in Japanese. There are a few spots on the tour where you can get off the bus and pet and feed animals. Whereas most animals can be found in other places of the farm as well the tour is the only way to get to meet the lamas and alpacas of the farm.
The tour takes about an hour and it was an interesting experience.
All in all, the mother farm offers a lot of different experiences that the whole family can enjoy. As the farm closes on 5 PM and some of the animal attractions close a little earlier it is best to arrive early in the morning if you want to get the most of your stay.