Mother Farm 「マザー牧場」 in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture

Mother Farm 「マザー牧場」 is an oasis away from the concrete jungle and is a place where both the young and old can visit to get closer to nature. It’s a good place for city dwellers to escape to and have a personal encounter with a variety of farm animals, enjoy seasonal flowers, fruit picking and other interesting hands-on experiences. In addition, the air is cool and fresh as the farm is located 300m above sea level.

About 800,000-900,000 people visit Mother Farm annually due to its close proximity to Tokyo and both Narita and Haneda Airports. It is one of the top 3 theme parks in Chiba Prefecture and occupies a land area 4 times bigger than Tokyo Disneyland.

Yamanoue Gate 「山の上ゲート」

Origin of Mother Farm’s name
The Mother Farm was founded in 1962 by Mr. Hisakichi Maeda who started Sankei Shinbun Daily Newspaper and Tokyo Tower.
His parents lives in suburbs of Osaka and were so poor that his mother often said, “if we had just one more cow, our life would be so much more easier.”
Her words had always remained on his mind and he felt that the stock-raising industry would be necessary in the future lives of the Japanese.

Guide Map:

There are many attractions at the farm and it would definitely be a busy day if you attempt to cover everything in the same day! The most popular activity at the moment is meeting the alpacas and having pictures taken with them.

Daily attractions featuring animals include the following:
Agrodome Show “Sheep Show” – a funny sheep show from New Zealand with a sheep shearing demonstration
This show is somewhat similar to the shows that I’ve seen in New Zealand and it’s always amazing to see how fast it takes for a sheep to be sheared. The audience can go on stage for picture-taking with the sheep after the show.

 
 

Agrodome Show “The Sheepdog and His Friends” – a show featuring sheep, sheep dogs, llamas and ostriches

Duck’s Parade
 

Sheep’s Grand Parade (no parade during July & August) – herding 150 sheep along the path

Piggy Race – Children and piglets running together

Rabbit and Guinea Pig Hugging – pet and cuddle cute rabbits and guinea pigs

Milking Experience – try your hand at milking the cows

Horse riding is also available at separate charges.

Another highlight is the Mother Farm Tour (Adult ¥1200, Child ¥700) where you ride on the tractor train for a tour of Makiba Farm. The rides last about 35 mins and you’ll get to feed the lambs, sheep and alpacas along the tour route. There is a viewing point along the tour route where on a clear day you can see Mt Fuji and the entire Tokyo Bay.
  

The fields on the mountain are covered with many seasonal flowers which you can enjoy viewing during your visit. Some of flowers are:
• Narcissus 「水仙」 (Late Dec-Feb)
• Wintersweet 「ロウバイ」 (Mid Jan-Mid Feb)
• Poppy 「ポピ」 (Feb-Early May)
• Plum 「梅」 (Mar)

• Rape flowers 「菜の花」 (Mid Feb-Mid Apr) – Rapeseed oil is made from these flowers and the farm boasts to have Kanto’s largest field of rape flowers.

• Cherry Blossoms 「桜」 (Mid Mar-Mid Apr)

• Hydrangea 「あじさい」 (June-July)
• Kochia 「コキア」(別名:ほうき草) (Late July-Nov) – this is also known as fireweed, burning bush or summer cypress and has been used for making brooms

• Salvia 「サルビア」 (Aug – Early Oct)

• Cosmos 「コスモス」 (Sept-Oct)

Flower picking is available for a fee and you can pick rape flowers and poppies depending on the season.

Fruit and vegetable picking is also a seasonal activity and you can pick blueberries (Late July-Aug), strawberries (Mid Jan – Late May), sweet potato (Mid Sept-Early Nov), kiwi fruit (Nov) and cherry tomatoes (Dec-Late May). They limit the number of people daily to avoid over-harvesting. Check the latest schedules for more details and pricing.
  

A number of interesting Hands-On Experiences are available and they include:
• Butter making

• Making blueberry or strawberry jam (seasonal)
• Cheese making
• Making sheep figurine and other handicrafts
• Pottery painting
• Ice cream making
Do note that prior reservations are required for the above activities.


Those who want a bit more excitement can head over to the Waku Waku Land & Amusement Park 「わくわくランド」, where they can try bungy jumping and go-carting.

A 30m tall ferris wheel and a card maze (Gururi Forest Adventure) are also in this area.

There are fireworks displays on certain nights in Summer (Aug/Sept) and the ferris wheel will be also lighted up, thus creating a romantic atmosphere.

This year will be the first time that they are having “Winter Illumination” where the farm is lighted up in the evenings from 22nd Nov 2012 (Thu) – 6th Jan 2013 (Sun) daily, and 12th Jan 2013 (Sat) – 24th Feb 2013 (Sun) on weekends and holidays and also Valentine’s Day 14th Feb (Wed).

There is a camping ground (only available in summer) and cottages fully equipped with shower and kitchen facilities which are available for rent.

During my visit, there was a festival that weekend and some booths were setup which featured local produce and foodstuffs from both Kimitsu City 「君津市」 and Futtsu City 「富津市」.

There were also several mascots wandering around and they seemed to be extremely popular with the crowd, so I decided to check them out…

Kimipyonn 「きみぴょん」 is Kimitsu City’s mascot 「君津市キャラクター」 and was created based on one of their local flowers.

  

Futtsun 「ふっつん」 is Futtsu City’s mascot 「富津市おもてなしキャラクター」.

I only managed to get my picture taken with Mammomama 「マーモママ」, one of Mother Farm’s mascots.


FOOD

A popular dining option at Mother Farm is the Genghis Khan barbecue 「ジンギスカン」 where food is cooked on a grill at your table. Some of the items available on the menu are ribeye steaks, homemade sausages, seafood, wagyu beef, lamb and pork.

There are 3 restaurants at which you can enjoy this Genghis Khan barbecue meal. I dined at the “Barbecue Terrace” 「バーベキューテラス」 and had the Lamb (from New Zealand) and Pork set which comes with vegetables and it was really good! The ingredients were fresh and the homemade dipping sauce was tasty! Lovely scenery can be admired whilst dining and coupled with the cool mountain air, this barbecue was certainly a refreshing experience for me.

  

Serving size for 5 persons:

This is the grill which you use to cook your food on.
  

It was a satisfying meal (and yes, you’ll need to wear a bib)!! ^_^

There is a nice view from the Barbecue Terrace…
    


More eating places…


One of the best-selling items at the farm is their Soft Serve Ice Cream 「フトクリーム」 (¥300) which is made from fresh milk! Besides the original milk flavour, it also comes in flavours like strawberry, blueberry and chocolate, depending on seasonal availability.

Both Blueberry and Milk flavours were available when I was there and I wanted to try both so I got the best of both worlds and ordered “Mix” 「ミックス」 which was a combination of both flavours. The ice cream was rich and creamy and was absolutely delicious!!

Another highly recommended dish is the “Makiba Milk Ramen” 「まきばのミルクラーメン」. I didn’t manage to try it so it’s on my must-eat list for my next visit!


SHOPPING

There are many souvenirs available at the gift shops and some of the items on sale include home-made ham & sausages, wines, cheesecake, yoghurt, ice cream, Mother Farm Milk & Jersey Milk (limited quantities produced), jams and milk candy.

    

Here’s a look at some of the other souvenir items available at the gift shop.
   

I bought some interesting milk candy which came in different flavours and looked like sticks of chewing gum but the texture was firmer.

The strawberry and cheese versions were a little chewy.
  

On the other hand, the milk candy was a bit crunchy and tasted like fresh milk but in sort of a crunchy milk powder form. It’s hard to try to imagine the texture and you’ll just have to try it for yourself! LOL…

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the farm and they even have special commemorative goods on sale in their souvenir shops.

Ink Stamp collectors will be pleased to know that there are stamps available at the information centres within the farm. I obtained these two from the Yamanoue Information Centre:
   

Verdict:  Overall, it’s a nice place for a day out with the family where you can enjoy good food and lots of interesting activities.


Address:
Mother Farm 「マザー牧場」
940-3, Tagura, Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture 299-1601
Tel: +81-439-37-3211

Opening Hours:
Feb to Nov 09:00 – 17:00 (Weekdays 09:30 – 16:30)
Dec to Jan 09:30 – 16:00 (Weekdays 10:00 – 16:00)
Hours may be extended depending on the season, especially during the holiday season. Check their website for the latest schedules and the specific dates when they are closed.

Admission Fee:
Individual – Adults ¥1500, Child ¥800
Group (20 & above) – Adults ¥1100, Child ¥600
Kids – 3 years old & below enter free.

Access:
JR Uchibo Line: Tokyo Station 「東京駅」 → Kimitsu Station 「君津駅」
Aqua-Line Nonstop Bus is available from the following stations to Kimitsu Station:
• Tokyo Station, Yaesu Exit
• Shinjuku Station West Exit
• Shinagawa Station East Exit
• Haneda Airport No. 12
• Kawasaki Station East Exit No. 34
• Yokohama Station East Exit No. 18

Bus (6 round trips on weekdays, 9 round trips on weekends and holidays) from Sanukimachi Station. Contact the farm for the latest detailed schedule on the hours of operation.

Free Shuttle Bus (1 round trip per day) from Kimitsu Station on JR Uchibo Line (※Reservations are required: +81-439-37-3211):
JR Kimitsu Station (South Exit) 10:40 → Mother Farm 11:20
Mother Farm 15:30 → JR Kimitsu Station 16:10

There is also a Non-Stop Bus (1 round trip on weekends and holidays from March to November) from Kisarazu Station (contact the farm for the latest detailed schedule):
JR Kisarazu Station (East Exit) 09:50 → Mother Farm 10:30
Mother Farm 15:20 → JR Kisarazu Station 16:00

Email: info@motherfarm.co.jp

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41 thoughts on “Mother Farm 「マザー牧場」 in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture

  1. I’m planning to go there~ The Japanese site and English site didn’t offer as much information as you did. Your piece really helped! Can’t wait to feed animals and eat ice-cream!

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  2. Dawn

    Thanks. I agree with Ri, this really is a whole lot more informative then the main website of the farm. Just wondering. I am planning to stay a night in Dec this year. Any ideas how I can reserve and what accommodation there looks like ?,

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    • Hi Dawn, are you intending to stay on the farm’s premises? I’m not sure if you can read Japanese but the Japanese version of their website contains more detailed information (you can try using Google Translate). If you refer to the following link – http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/stay/, you can see 3 types of accomodation which are available. Click on each picture to see more photos and details.

      The first picture on the left are the cottages. Reservations are to be made by phone and applications start 3 months before your stay, from the 1st day of the month at 10am – the example given states that if you are planning to stay on 12th June, then the earliest date you can make your reservation is on 1st March from 10am. More info on reservation and pricing can be found at this page – http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/stay/cotage/howto/.

      The middle picture is of the campsite. Booking is also by phone and details can be found here – http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/stay/autocamp/info/

      If you click on the photo on the extreme right, it gives more info on their partner hotel (located 25min away from Mother Farm) and other hotels located in the surrounding area.

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  3. tammie

    Hi hi
    I am keen to go Mother Farm as well.

    Can i know how long is the journey for Aqua-Line Nonstop Bus from toyko station to Kimitsu Station?
    How much is the bus fare?

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    • Hi Tammie,
      It looks like the Aqualiner bus between Tokyo to Kimitsu has been discontinued based on the news feed dated 26-Jun-2013 on their website (http://tokyo-aqualiner.jp/).

      An alternative would be the Keisei Bus from Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit (bus stop #2) 東京駅八重洲口(2番)to Kimitsu Station 君津駅南口 (http://www.keiseibus.co.jp/kousoku/day/tokyo05_tm.html). The journey takes just over an hour.

      I’m not sure if Keisei is the only bus company with this route but my suggestion would be to personally go to Tokyo Station’s Yaesu exit beforehand and check which other bus companies have buses going to Kimitsu.

      Alternatively you can take the JR train and check the following website for the suggested JR routes based on your start and end points (i.e. JR station names) – http://www.hyperdia.com/

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  4. tammie

    Hi HI
    Thanks for the reply.

    I might need to go to Kimitsu or Kisarazu from Shinagawa station.
    can advice which bus i can take to be able to take the 10.40 free shuttle from kimitsu?? The website is all in japanese so i am not able to read

    http://www.keikyu-bus.co.jp/aqua/01.html

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    • Are you planning to go on a weekday or a weekend?

      The link you gave is for the bus service from Shinagawa station (品川駅) to Kisarazu station (木更津駅). The shuttle service (it’s not free) from Kisarazu station to Mother Farm only operates on Sat, Sun and public holidays from March to November at one fixed timing per day => 9:50am (arrives Mother Farm at 10:40am) – refer to Mother Farm’s Japanese site http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/howto/access/public.php and scroll to bottom of page (somehow the English site doesn’t have details of this shuttle service).

      Looking at the timetable for Sat, Sun & public holidays (http://www.keikyu-bus.co.jp/aqua/01_t1-1.html), the latest bus from Shinagawa which you’ll need to catch is at 8:20am (arrives Kisarazu at 9:20am).

      Where to board the bus at Shinagawa station – http://www.keikyu-bus.co.jp/noriba/shinagawa-higashi.html
      The website also states it is in front of a park (こうなん星の公園) but looking at the park’s official website, it doesn’t really look much like a park! LOL… http://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/shisetsu/koen/konan/07.html

      The free shuttle bus to Mother Farm is only available at Kimitsu station (君津駅) and you’ll need to call the reservation hotline 0439(37)3211 by latest 4pm the day before your visit, in order to book a seat on the free shuttle bus. Thus, you may want to consider taking the bus from Tokyo station to Kimitsu station instead?

      Besides the Keisei bus which I mentioned in my previous reply, there is another bus company called Nitto Kotsu which also has services between Tokyo and Kimitsu – http://nitto-kotsu.co.jp/kosoku(kimi-tyo).htm. If Weekday – take the 8:45am bus from Tokyo and you will arrive at Kimitsu at 9:52am. If Weekend, you may want to consider these 2 timings – 8:25am (arrives Kimitsu 9:32am) and 9:05am (arrives Kimitsu at 10:12am). This will ensure that you will arrive in time for the 10:40am bus from Kimitsu station to Mother Farm (arrives at 11:20am). Note that the return bus from Mother Farm back to Kimitsu station departs at 3:30pm (which means you’ll only spend 4 hours there).

      Alternatively if you want to spend a longer time touring Mother Farm, why don’t you consider staying at a hotel near Sanukimachi station (佐貫町) in Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture? The first bus from Sanukimachi to Mother Farm departs at 9:30am (it takes about 25min to reach the farm) and the last bus from Mother Farm back to Sanukimachi station departs at 5:05pm.

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  5. tammie

    Hi Hi
    You have been really helpful in your replies! Thanks so much.

    I am going to Mother farm on 24th Oct which is a Thurs.

    So i think i cannot go to Kisarazu station already.

    I want to take the bus from the Tokyo station as the traveling time is the shortest and i hope my gal can rest in the bus.

    I am staying at Toyoko Inn Haneda on 23rd as my flight arrives at 11pm on 23rd Oct

    So i have to make my way from Otorii station to Shinagawa station ( 12 min) and from Shinagawa station to Tokyo station. ( 9 Min)

    What is my option if i want to get to Mother Farm as early as possible?

    I need to catch the 3.30pm bus out of mother farm. So to have more time, i can only try to reach earlier.

    The 8.45am Keisei bus seems good.But

    1) Does Nitto Kotsu have any earlier bus at 8am or 8.15am or 8.20am thereabouts? or is Keisei bus at 8.45am my best option already?

    http://nitto-kotsu.co.jp/kosoku(kimi-tyo).htm. = this link cannot work =(

    2) Where to catch the Nitto Kotsu bus from Tokyo station?
    Keisei is from Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit (bus stop #2) right?

    3) What is the frequency of the bus from Sanukimachi? if i miss the 9.30am bus what is the next bus i can take from Sanukimachi station (佐貫町)?

    I want to catch any bus from Sanukimachi station (佐貫町) as long as it is earlier than the 10.40am bus from Kimitsu. If not possible, then i will have to stay at Kimitsu take the 10.40am bus from Kimitsu.

    5) Any bus from Tokyo to Sanukimachi station (佐貫町) direct?
    This will be easiest if there is.

    6) Can pls help me see what is the timing for Nitto Kotsu and Keisei bus from Kimitsu back to Toyko?
    I will reach Kimitsu at 4.10pm if i leave at 3.30pm from Mother Farm.
    any at 4.15pm? I thought Keisei has one at 4.11 ( not sure if i read correct) but that is a bit too rushed.

    Thanks so much!

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    • (1) I would think the Nitto Kotsu bus departing from Tokyo Station at 8:45am should give you ample time to catch the 10:40am bus to Mother Farm as you will arrive at Kimitsu station at 9:52am so you have about 40mins to wait for the bus. The bus before the 8:45am one which departs from Tokyo station is at 6:35am and this arrives at Kimitsu station at 7:42am which means you will have about 3 hours to kill before boarding the bus to Mother Farm.

      Use this link for the timetable in .pdf format – http://nitto-kotsu.co.jp/kosoku%28kimi-tyo%29.pdf

      The bus timings on the Keisei site look the same – http://www.keiseibus.co.jp/kousoku/day/tokyo05_tm.html

      If I interprete correctly, you board the bus at Tokyo station and pay when you alight. I’m guessing you may need to take a ticket when you board so that the driver will know how much you’ll need to pay when you alight. I’ve never taken this bus before so it’s better if you ask around when you are at the bus stop or sometimes they may have some info printed at the bus stop.

      However, on the return journey back to Tokyo station, you’ll need to pay first when you board the bus.

      It seems that return journey tickets (i.e. 2-way ticket) are also available and you can buy them either on the bus or at the bus info counter but it doesn’t say where the counter is located.

      (2) Both Nitto Kotsu and Keisei buses leave from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit (bus stop #2).

      (3) Bus timings to/from Sanukimachi station can be found on the Mother Farm’s website – http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/howto/access/public.php
      Refer to 【平日】 which means weekday.
      Departing from Sanukimachi – 9:30, 11:20, 13:15, 15:05, 16:25, 17:35
      Departing from Mother Farm – 7:05, 10:10, 12:05, 14:05, 15:57, 17:05

      (5) Don’t think there is a bus between Tokyo and Sanukimachi. However, you can take the train from Kimitsu station to Sanukimachi which is about a 12-18min journey (¥230). Check hyperdia.com for the latest train schedules.

      (6) Departing from Kimitsu station:
      Again both Nitto Kotsu & Keisei sites have the same timings so I’m not sure if they are related = 16:11, 16:41, 17:11, 17:41

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  6. tammie

    oh! also how to buy the tickets for the bus- keisei and Nitto Kotsu? where to buy?

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  7. tammie

    Hi Hi
    Thanks for all the help!

    I made it to the farm but it was rainy and super foggy that day i went.
    It would have been more fun if it is sunny

    But my gal still enjoyed the few activties she had there like milking cows and petting rabbits!

    Jus for info for other readers, the Keisei and Nitto bus is a bus station opp JR station.
    have to exit the Tokyo station at Yaesu Exit and cross the underpass to get to the bus station.

    Bus fare is to be paid when alighting
    1400 for adult and free for 6 and below.
    half price i think for 6 and above.

    Thanks!!

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  8. tammie

    yes i did.
    The milk ramen is so so only i feel, compared to the ramen that can be found in the city area.

    Also the BBQ is only ok i feel compared to those i had in toyko itself

    Not sure if the taste of the food was affected by my own disappointment that day.

    cos when i was there it was not jus raining but super foggy as well.
    I can barely see 100m in front of me
    Then many of the animal shows/ race were missed cos i cannot find my way due to the fog.

    mainly cos cannot see the signs on the farm.

    but good thing is that i managed to do a few of the things i wanted ….like milking cow.

    there are not many visitors that day also when i went….

    I think better to go during strawberry season…more sunny….

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  9. Shameel Musthafa

    hi, I am travelling to tokyo with my 3 yr old and planning to visit mother farm on 10th January 2014 which is a friday. In tokyo we are staying near to the tokyo station. so whats the fastest route available for me? sorry if its a repeated question but thansk in advance anyway..
    Shameel

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    • Hi Shameel,
      The information can be found in the previous comments on this post.

      To summarize…
      From Tokyo station’s Yaesu Exit, cross the underpass to get to the bus station for both the Keisei and Nitto buses (bus stop #2) and take the bus to Kimitsu station (君津駅). The journey takes about 1 hour 7 min one-way.

      Here are the links for both the Nitto bus and Keisei bus timetables – your starting point will be Tokyo station 東京駅八重洲口(2番) and destination Kimitsu station 君津駅南口:
      http://nitto-kotsu.co.jp/kosoku%28kimi-tyo%29.pdf
      http://www.keiseibus.co.jp/kousoku/day/tokyo05_tm.html

      There is a free shuttle bus to Mother Farm from JR Kimitsu station (君津駅) South Exit 10:40 → Mother Farm 11:20 (travelling time = 40 mins) and you’ll need to call the reservation hotline 0439(37)3211 by latest 4pm the day before your visit, in order to book a seat on the free shuttle bus.

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  10. Xueting

    Hi Jaz,

    I’ve read your comments regarding the availabilities to get to motherfarm.

    I will be going on a weekday. Just to confirm, if i were to travel from Shinjuku using JR Pass, do i have to board the train at 630am and travel for 160mins to JR Sanukimachi Station and arrive at 9.09am to catch the 930am shuttle bus to mother farm and I will arrive at 9:53am?

    To travel to Sanukimachi Station, is train the only option?

    Lastly, is May a good time to go to motherfarm? Is there a lot of things to see during that period?

    Thank you for your help in advance!

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    • If you are using a JR Pass, to ensure that you maximise your pass and not have to fork out any more money on transport, then taking the JR train from Shinjuku to Sanukimachi looks like the best option. Check http://www.hyperdia.com/ for the latest train schedules as they are quite accurate unless there are last minute changes then you’ll need to check the signs at the station on the day. I don’t think there are any buses from Tokyo to Sanukimachi and the other alternative is to take the highway bus from Tokyo Station to Kimitsu station, then take the JR from Kimitsu to Sanukimachi. However, do note that you will not be able to use your JR pass for the highway buses.

      Any of the year should be fine to visit Mother Farm unless it is the rainy season then your visit may not be so enjoyable. They have seasonal flowers and in May you can see rape blossoms, azalea, lavender and clover. All animal attractions and the amusement park should be operating as usual. For more information on any additional events on the day of your visit, you will need to check Mother Farm’s website (i.e. the Japanese page) or their Facebook page (also in Japanese) nearer the date for further updates.

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  11. Xueting

    Thank you so much for your response.

    The shuttle bus in http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/howto/access/public.php is correct and accurate ya? Do i have to make a reservation?

    Wondering if i were to catch the 9.30 shuttle bus and take the 1705 bus back, will i have enough time to cover most of the attractions in Motherfarm?

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    • The buses from JR Sanukimachi station (佐貫町駅) are local buses operated by the Amaha Nitto Bus Co (天羽日東バス) so you will need to pay the bus fare of ¥470. Only the shuttle bus from JR Kimitsu station (君津駅) is free and requires a reservation.

      The bus schedule from JR Sanukimachi station seems to match this PDF file which I found on Futtsu City’s website so I guess it is still valid – http://www.city.futtsu.lg.jp/cmsfiles/contents/0000001/1658/25kanouzan2.pdf

      I can’t advise on how long it will take to cover all the attractions as I was on a sponsored trip and only spent a few hours there. However, if I do go there again, I will definitely try to reach the farm when it opens and leave at the latest possible time as there are just too many activities to be done there (not forgetting the shopping part!).

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  12. Xueting

    Hi Jaz,

    Thank you so much for your help! It is very helpful! 🙂

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  13. Christine reed

    I would like to receive an email address for mother farm – do you know of one? I sold some dor

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  14. Jasmin

    Getting to the nearest JR station should not be a big issue for me since I have a JR pass. It is the shuttle bus from the JR station to the Farm a challenge. There seems only a free shuttle bus around 10.40am to the Farm and the return trip departs from the Farm around 3pm+. I am thinking of spending a whole day at the Farm.
    Is there any free shuttle bus that brings me to the Farm earlier and departs from the Farm later?
    Thank you.

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    • Hi Jasmin,
      Unfortunately there is only 1 free shuttle service per day from JR Kimitsu station (君津駅) South Exit 10:40 → Mother Farm 11:20 (travelling time = 40 mins) and you’ll need to call the reservation hotline 0439(37)3211 by latest 4pm the day before your visit, in order to book a seat on the shuttle bus.

      There are earlier bus services departing from JR Sanukimachi station (佐貫町駅) which are mentioned on Mother Farm’s website – http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/howto/access/public.php but you’ll need to pay ¥480 (adults), ¥240 (children) and I’m assuming the price quoted is a one-way fare.

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  15. Hi Jaz,

    Thanks for the detailed information. 🙂 Do you know how can I get info of the public buses/other alternatives running from Mother Farm back to Kimitsu? I’m thinking of staying for the winter illumination so I won’t be able to make it for the return bus and I don’t want to get stranded there.

    Btw, can the farm staff speak english?

    Thank you!

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    • For the winter illumination, there is a free shuttle service to JR Kimitsu which departs from Mother Farm at 19:30, arriving at JR Kimitsu station at 20:10 but you’ll need to make reservations to get a seat on this shuttle bus by phoning 0439(37)3211 – reservations accepted up to 4pm of the day before your visit.

      Apart from the free shuttle, I don’t think there is any direct bus service from the farm to Kimitsu and the only alternative is to take the bus from Mother Farm (マザー牧場) to JR Sanukimachi station (佐貫町駅), then take the JR from Sanukimachi back to Kimitsu (3 stops away).

      The latest bus schedule from Futtsu City’s website can be seen at this link but it looks like the last bus from Mother Farm to Kimitsu departs at 17:05 😦
      http://www.city.futtsu.lg.jp/cmsfiles/contents/0000001/1658/26_4_1kanouzan_jikoku.pdf

      You’re probably best trying to get onto the free shuttle bus or alternatively try to stay at a hotel which has affiliations to Mother Farm and see if they have any shuttle service between the farm and the hotel.

      Their current winter illumination event is held between 16:00~20:00 (only on Sat, Sun and public holidays up to 1-Feb 2015), so I would think you should have sufficient time to enjoy the lights before 19:30 (note that the sky turns dark earlier in winter).

      One of their PR guys is definitely very fluent in English. I’ve never tried talking to the other staff in English so I’m not sure. I believe some of the staff should be able to speak some English but I think most of them are more fluent in Japanese.

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      • Thanks for replying, really appreciate your help. 🙂

        If you don’t mind, can I also ask about the admission charges? We are thinking of visiting on 25 January (Sunday), will the winter illumination be on? & how will be charged for that? We would like to visit the day farm then stay on for the winter illumination but am not sure how the entrance fee work? We should be getting the day farm tickets from LAWSON but if there’s a package (day farm + farm tour + winter illumination) available at the farm itself, then we will probably get it from there. Tried to translate their website via google but there’s not much info as well.

        Thank you so much!!

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      • Tickets cost ¥1500 Adult, ¥800 Kids (4-12 yrs) and this includes the illuminations. If you are only going there for the illumination event from 16:00~20:00 then it costs ¥1500 for the parking fee for 1 car plus the passengers in the car (if I interpret correctly cos my Japanese is not that good). However, if you don’t drive but take the free shuttle bus from JR Kimitsu to Mother Farm to the illumination event, then admission costs ¥500 Adult, ¥300 Students.

        The website seems to have a discount coupon which you can print and produce it at the ticketing booth when buying your tickets – you’ll need to fill in the blanks with the number tickets you will be buying (i.e. how many adults and kids). The top one is for those who will be driving to the illumination event and the bottom coupon is for the day admission ticket which includes the illumination event.
        http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/illumination2014-15/pdf/web_ticket.pdf

        If you are planning to take the farm tour, the “Mother Farm Tour Set Ticket” costs ¥2400 Adult, ¥1300 Kids (4-12 yrs) and this includes both the farm tour + admission ticket to Mother Farm. However, there is no discount coupon available for this and only a limited number of tickets are available per day. I would think that this ticket should still allow you to stay behind for the illuminations.

        From their English page, the ticket prices seems cheaper if you purchase from the listed convenience stores but that is for the normal admission ticket only (purchased in advance). It doesn’t mention whether the “Mother Farm Tour Set Ticket” is available at the convenience stores.

        In case you haven’t figured out already, this is the calendar of events for 25th January 2015 – http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/calender/daily.php?d=20150125

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  16. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  17. Hello, by any chance do you know how much a taxi ride from JR KIMITSU to Mother Farm will cost? I am wondering about the duration of the ride as well. Appreciate if you have any clues. Thank you!

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    • Hi, I’ve checked with Mother Farm and they said it will cost ¥5000 one-way by taxi and the journey will take about 30min.

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  18. BZ

    Hellos Jaz.

    I stumbled upon your wordpress when trying to research about mother farm. Your information about the farm and your guide is really really great! But i cant understand some parts of how to get to mother farm. i am going to tokyo on the 21st aug to 28th aug

    From what i read of the comments, so i have to make my way from where i stay which is asaka station to tokyo station then take the Yaesu’s exit and get to the bus station to take the Nitto kotsu bus to Kimitsu station and take the free shuttle bus to mother farm.

    Here are my questions
    – I would like to ask if going on a weekday or weekend is better?
    – I have take a look at the bus timing and couldn’t understand it. Does it differ if it weekday or weekend? So what time do i have to reach tokyo station to take which timing bus if its weekday/weekend so i can catch the free shuttle?

    Thank you very much,
    Best regards, BZ

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    • Hi BZ,

      Weekdays should be less crowded as the people from the cities will tend to visit with their families on the weekends.
      There is no difference in the bus timings on weekdays or weekends. It is better to take the 8:45am bus from Tokyo Station (東京駅), which will get you to Kimitsu Station (君津駅) at 9:52am.
      Latest bus timetable: “http://nitto-kotsu.co.jp/kosoku(kimi-tyo).pdf”
      Do remember to phone and make your reservation if you are intending to take the free shuttle bus from Kimitsu Station to Mother Farm.

      Are you staying in Tokyo? The only stations named Asaka are in Osaka and Saitama. If you are in Tokyo, perhaps you mean either Asakusa station or Akasaka station?
      You can check http://www.hyperdia.com for the travel timings from your starting point to Tokyo station.

      If you need more information on Mother Farm, you can email their customer services at info@motherfarm.co.jp and they are able to reply in English.

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      • BZ

        Hi Jaz,

        Thanks for the reply! Yes i am in Saitama area in a station call Asaka under the Tobu tojo line. :).

        I will make a reservation via email for the mother farm and catch the 8.45 bus at tokyo station too.

        Thank you,
        Best regards, BZ

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      • Ok, hope you’ll enjoy yourself there! 🙂

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  19. Tan Yiting

    Dear Jacintha,

    My name is Yiting and I am from Singapore

    My mother and I would like to visit Mother Farm in February 2016

    I would like to ask you a few questions :-

    (1) What is the difference between BBQ Gardens + Sky Restaurant + BBQ Terrace ?

    Do they serve meat only.. or seafood as well?

    (2) What time do the Genghis Khan restaurants open for lunch ?

    (3) How much is the buffet lunch / lunch set per person ?

    (4) How is the farm tour different from Tractor and Doggie bus ?

    Thank you !

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    • Hi Yiting,

      Do you read Japanese? The information is actually on their website on this page -> http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/gourmet/

      (1) The Genghis Khan Terrace and BBQ Terrace serve Genghis Khan BBQ but the Sky Restaurant serves other food besides Genghis Khan (Half steak and sausage set, Sheep-shaped curry rice, Lamb hamburg steak and other seasonal dishes). There is no mention of any seafood – the Genghis Khan BBQ comprises of mainly beef, mutton, pork and some vegetables.

      (2) All the 3 restaurants open at 10:30 and close at 16:30 (weekdays), 17:00 (weekends & public holidays) – last order at 16:00 (weekdays), 16:30 (weekends & public holidays). You should be able to eat there at any time during their opening hours.

      (3) It is not a buffet. The most popular set is their Beef(200g) + Lamb(150g) + an assortment of vegetables and this costs ¥3,030. The rest are ala carte:
      Lamb (150g) ¥990
      2pc Lamb Chop ¥820
      Lemon Pepper Lamb ¥1,080
      Wagyu Beef ¥2,260
      Beef (shoulder) ¥1,850
      Beef (leg) ¥1,440
      Pork ¥870
      Bulgogi ¥1,010
      Vegetables ¥430

      (4) The Dog bus transports you from Makiba Field to Waku Waku Land and also in the reverse direction. This ride takes 3 min and is more like a shuttle bus within the farm.
      The Tractor ride is a 15min ride which starts from Makiba Field and takes you through the Fruit Farm (east side), Fruit Farm (west side) and ends at the Agrodome. Alternatively, if you board from Agrodome, it will take you to Makiba Field. This also sounds like a shuttle service within the farm.
      The Farm Tour is a tour of the farm and there are stops along the way where you can interact with the animals, watch the sheepdog hearding the sheep, see Mt Fuji (only visible if the skies are clear), etc…

      The information I have provided above is based on the current information on their website. If you need further information, please contact Mother Farm at info@motherfarm.co.jp and they are able to reply in English.

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  20. Angelina

    Hi, would like your advice….

    I am planning to travel to Motherfarm from Narita Airport (1st destination upon arrival). Is it safe to self drive from Narita Aiport to Motherfarm – cos we will arrive at 1705hrs. Am thinking of staying 1 night then proceed on to Hakone then back Tokyo. Is this viable & safe?

    Thank you.

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    • Hi Angelina,
      I usually take the trains/buses, so I can’t advise much on driving.

      It’s best to check what time the sun sets during the month you are planning to visit. I’m not sure whether the roads around Mother Farm are lighted in the evenings but I do know that some roads in Chiba Prefecture’s countryside do not have street lights. Perhaps you can email Mother Farm at info@motherfarm.co.jp to enquire.

      Do note that Hakone does have some winding roads and my friend drove me there in early spring but when we reached Owakudani, the entire carpark was as if it was in a cloud. Visibility was so poor that we gave up the idea of visiting the volcanic area that day. It all boils down to the weather on the day of your visit.

      You don’t need to drive in Tokyo as public transport is very convenient and you may find parking to be inconvenient and expensive.

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