Ozawa Farms: Strawberries and Fine French Cuisine Lunch Course【Round 2!】

Date(s): November 19 (Sun.)

In response to the high number of applicants during the last edition in May, we decided it was time for Round 2! At the start of the season, Ozawa’s strawberries promise to offer a different, yet not-less delicious quality!

The strawberries from Ozawa Farms are astoundingly delicious. With their perfect color, sheen and fragrance, as well as their perfect balance of sour and sweet, they are unmistakable even in a blind tasting. This time, Chef Kunioka –  who recently opened a French bistro in Koriyama- will take up the mantle. Having been trained in a Michelin-star restaurant in Southern France, the battleground of French cuisine, he specializes in wine pairing. The combination of fabulous strawberries and high quality French cuisine is a recipe for perfection!

Ozawa Farms http://www.caan.jp/producer/86/

Koriyama French Cuisine Laboratory Recettes –  https://www.instagram.com/recettes_kunioka

* In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the maximum, the participants will be chosen by lottery. Applications are open until the 31st of March. We will announce the results in early April. Thank you for your understanding.

*Those interested in a wine pairing option, please let us know on the application form.


Encore! Encore!

Ozawa Farms is the most popular FoodCamp-destination every year. For the May-edition, we wanted to give as many people as possible the opportunity to join, so we had a lottery to select the participants (a FoodCamp-first!). To ensure a fair selection, we used ChatGPT. Of course, this left some people disappointed. To make sure everyone could enjoy Ozawa Farm’s amazing strawberries, we decided to organize an extra ‘encore’ edition (another first for FoodCamp!).

Ozawa Farm’s fully-ripe strawberries are only available at the farm shop, and can’t be found anywhere else. Amazingly, owner Mutsuhiro Ozawa held off the opening of sales at the shop until after FoodCamp was finished! The fact that he was able to produce fully ripe strawberries to perfectly match the timing of FoodCamp speaks volumes of his skill and know-how as a strawberry-professional.

There was one more thing that caught people’s eyes, besides the strawberries. Ozawa’s son Shunsuke made his debut as a guide for the FoodCamp activities! All the guests were happy to learn he is about to go to college next year, to major in agriculture. He sure takes after his dad!

Ozawa Shunsuke making his FoodCamp guide debut.

Ozawa Strawberries… at home?

This was already the 9th edition of FoodCamp at Ozawa Farms, but somehow Ozawa still manages to come up with something new every single time. His latest idea: a seedling replanting class! Guests were given a pot in which to replant a strawberry seedling, arrange it with flowers, and take home with them. If they take care of them well, they will be able to enjoy Ozawa’s strawberries even at home!

The reason for adding flowers to the pot is to help attract butterflies and bees to pollinize the strawberry plant. In the hopes of a fruitful spring, the guests started making their arrangements as pretty as possible.

The strawberries still have a long road ahead towards spring. For that reason, we set up a special Facebook page, Magonote Saien (Magonote Vegetable Garden), where guests can stay in touch with Ozawa for tips on how to make sure their strawberries grow to fruition. We are looking forward to the results coming spring!

Of course, there was one more big activity. What’s a Ozawa FoodCamp without strawberry picking? Don’t worry; we understand that for most of our guests the chance to pick and enjoy strawberries right there on the spot is the biggest attraction of a FoodCamp at Ozawa Farms.
(Note: As a rule, Ozawa Farms does not facilitate strawberry-picking, so please refrain from inquiries.)

Upon entering the greenhouse, the sweet strawberry aroma is omnipresent. The guests have a wonderful time discovering all the little red treasures hidden between the bright and fresh green leaves. The taste is unmistakable. As the guests got a taste of two strawberry species, Tochiotome and Yuyake Berry, it was a good way to learn the difference between the two. Yuyaka Berry is a species developed by Fukushima Prefecture by crossbreeding Tochiotome- with Kaorino strawberries. The orangy color and sweet, soft taste are said to represent the character of people from Fukushima.

A strawberry-packed, top-quality French lunch

What really brought out the quality and taste of Ozawa’s strawberries was the culinary skill of Chef Kunioka (Koriyama French Culinary Laboratory Recettes), who reprised his role from the edition in May. He opened his casual French bistro-style restaurant in September last year, and is receiving quite the attention from in- and outside the prefecture.

The cuisine of Chef Kunioka, who spent years in the South of France learning the culinary arts in one of the most competitive areas, is a joy with every single bite.

As we were nearing the end of the year, the chef’s Salade Gourmande, with its bright and vivid colors, was prepared with the prospect of the holidays in mind, turning the Ozawa’s greenhouse into a Christmas part. Of course, the usual “bon appetit” was replaced with a “joyeux noël”!

The main dish for the day was a pot-au-feu of seasonal vegetables and pork. The dish came in a special type of plastic film, which when opened released warm steam that filled the greenhouse with a delicious, savory aroma. It was served on special Obori Soma-yaki plates from the esteemed Tokichirogama pottery kiln, made special for FoodCamp. Chef Kunioka was personally involved in the design!

There was much more to enjoy for the guests. Chef Kunioka’s restaurant offers a wide selection of wines, and the chef himself is a specialist when it comes to wine-pairing. This time, we offered a very seasonal wine-pairing set: only three days before the tour, this year’s beaujolais nouveau was released, meaning it was a must-have for the pairing set. Besides wine, there were many other drinks available. Yuka Tamura, our star bartender, developed an amazing line-up of drinks, including several original cocktails. One that especially stood out was ‘Ichi-Go-Rock’. Take a base of Japanese sake Ichi (Sasanokawa Shuzo, Koriyama), add frozen mini-strawberries as a substitute for ice cubes, and you get a wonderful cocktail that gets sweeter by the minute!

Both for food and for drinks, this was a FoodCamp to truly appreciate Ozawa’s strawberries. Mr. Ozawa, let’s do this again next year!


  • Explore the secret to perfect strawberries on a farm tour!

    Take a tour of Ozawa's farm, with it's ever-present sweet scent of strawberries. Learn the ins-and-outs of this wonderful fruit, including a very special kind of activity!

  • A spectacular lunch in a one-day-only restaurant!

    One of Ozawa's greenhouses magically transforms into a one-day restaurant! Take a seat at the long tables, for the real strawberry-experience!

  • A marvelous combination: ripe strawberries paired with wine and French cuisine!

    An exquisite lunch course prepared by the highly-skilled hands of chef Kunioka. Add a wine pairing set, and watch Chef Kunioka's world expand before your eyes!


A relay of delicous strawberries! Owner, Ozawa Farms - Mutsuhiro OZAWA
During the season for strawberries, from November to June, Ozawa's farm shop is always packed. Some days all strawberries are sold by reservation, leaving none for the day itself. During the season, Ozawa adjusts the taste slightly so people keep coming back, making for a delicious strawberry relay!
写真:Mutsuhiro OZAWA
The taste depends on the guest Owner & Chef, Koriyama French Cuisine Laboratory Recettes Hiromi KUNIOKA
Chef Kunioka was trained in a star-restaurant in Bergerac, France. Last Septeber, he opened up his own restaurant: French Cuisine Laboratory Recettes. Not bound to fixed recipes, he knows how to adjust his dishes to the state of the ingredients, the temperature of the day and even to the guests!
写真:Hiromi KUNIOKA

Tour Schedule

  1. Pick-up / Meeting Place

    9:30 a.m.

    Pick-up by taxi (Koriyama Kanko Kotsu Taxi) from your house or place of stay in Koriyama, or at Koriyama Station. We will inform you of your pick-up time one day before the tour.
    *For those scheduled for pick-up at Koriyama Station, please arrive at Koriyama Station by 9:15.

  2. Let's go!

    10:00 a.m.

    Departure for the tour site, from the Magonote Travel Asaka Office.
    * Those coming to the Office directly, please arrive by 9:50 (limited parking available).

  3. Arrival

    10:40 a.m.

    Take a guided tour of Ozawa's farm, and enjoy activities like strawberry-picking! (Note: Ozawa Farm usually does not allow strawberry-picking, so please refrain from inquiries)

  4. Lunch time!

    12:00 p.m.

    Enjoy a fabulous multi-course French lunch prepared by chef Kunioka from Koriyama French Cuisine Laboratory Recettes, offering many new culinary discoveries! (1 drink included in tour price, further drinks charged seperately)

  5. Shopping!

    14:30 p.m.

    Purchase delicious in-season strawberries from Ozawa's shop. Strawberries can also be shipped throughout Japan on-demand.

  6. Return to the Magonote Travel Office

    15:40 p.m.

    After arriving at the Magonote Travel Asaka Office, you will be brought by taxi to your home or place of stay in Koriyama City, or to Koriyama Station.
    *For those planning further travel by public transportation please prepare an itinerary from 16:30 forward.

Tour details

November 19 (Sun.)
Per person ¥18,700
Wine-pairing set (3 drinks) ¥3,300
*same rate applies for children/participants travelling to the venue directly with their own vehicle.
What to wear/bring
・This tour takes place outdoors. In case of clear skies, please prepare a hat or cap to protect you from the sunlight.
・Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
・In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, please wear a mask.
Conditions of Participation
Participation open to everyone over elementary school-age, and able to participate on their own (no need for accompaniment by a care helper, or with permission from a doctor). Same price for adults and children.
Operating Company
Koriyama Kanko Kotsu K.K.
Tour Operator
Magonote Travel's own staff will accompany the tour.
Payment Method
Please refer to "How To Apply" for more information.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is required for all tours, in case of accidents and emergencies. The insurance fee is included in the price. For this reason, we need to ask for your date of birth.
Cancellation Fee
The following cancellation fees will be charged for tours with lodging and tickets: 20 to 8 days in advance: 20%, 7 to 2 days in advance: 30%, the day before the tour: 40%, on the scheduled date before the tour starts: 50%, no-show without notice: 100%.
For one-day tours, the following fees will be charged retroactively from the day before the start of the tour: 10 to 8 days in advance: 20%, 7 to 2 days in advance: 30%, 1 day in advance: 40%, on the scheduled date before the tour starts: 50%, no-show without notice: 100%.
In case of bad weather
The tour will not be cancelled in case of bad weather. However, in case the tour has to be cancelled due to a natural disaster, you will be informed one day before the tour. In this case, you will receive a full refund.
Minimum number of participants
If there are fewer than 15 participants the tour will be cancelled. In such case we will inform you at least 4 days in advance.
Terms and Conditions of Travel
Please visit the ‘Terms and Conditions of Travel'-page.


How to apply

  1. Applications for the tour

    Please submit information (including the tour you wish to join, tour date, your full name, address, date of birth, participant phone number), and apply via fax or online.Payment may be made by credit card from our website or by bank transfer.

    Apply via fax


    Apply online

    Please click on the “Tour sign up” button at the bottom of the tour page.

  2. Delivery of guidebook

    A guidebook will be sent by email within few days.

  3. Payment confirmation

    Your booking will be confirmed when payment for the tour has been received. Please pay within 15 days of application.

  4. Final confirmation

    The tour conductor will email you on the day prior to the tour and provide information regarding taxi pick-up times.

  5. Tour day

    A taxi will go to your house or Koriyama Station. In addition, the conductor will provide you with a guidebook (guide leaflet for the day).

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