Travel • Mother Farm (Tokyo Nov 2016)
and he kept telling me that he wants to hug the pigs, the monkeys, the sheeps, the birds... Lol!
So with some prior planning, we were off to Mother Farm on our 3rd day in Tokyo. There's a slight discount if you buy the entrance tickets in advance, 1350¥/Adult instead of the usual 1500¥. We bought ours at Mini Stop konbini (convenient store) at Narita Airport, please request for their staff's assistance.
Mother Farm is located in Chiba prefecture. Technically speaking, it would be nearer (with lesser transfer & cheaper) to go from Disney Resort than the apartment we stayed later on which was at Hatagaya (near Shinjuku). The farm's opening hours are quite short so we'll need to be there early enough to enjoy the shows etc. By going from Disney Resort side, we need not wake up absurdly early to beat the Shinjuku peak hour crowd and multiple train transfers.
|From Hatagaya (near Shinjuku), 2 transfers.|
Travelling time 2hrs9mins or longer if you miss
the train at Bakurocho station, costs 1670¥/Adult
|From Maihama Disney Resort, only 1 transfer.|
Total travelling time less than 90mins, costs 1140¥/Adult
|Source: Mother Farm|
Just look at the print in red
|You'll see this signboard at South exit of Kimitsu station|
|Bus stop number 1 at Kimitsu station.|
|Price for tour bus within the farm|
|Got their 1st stamp rally after Cow Milking!|
There are shops, cafes and restaurants all around the farm so we could grab a bite or shop for omiyage (souvenirs) while in between time.
|Cheese in assorted flavors, reasonably priced and tasted great!|
There's a small amusement area Waku Waku Land (わくわくランド) with pay-per-ride but we didn't go for any.
We went for a quick lunch at the restaurant and walked further up towards the dome, just in time for the 1:30pm sheep shearing show. This show is highly recommended! It was entertaining and very funny!
The brothers had the honor of joining the feeding of sheeps on stage, Mini K was so happy!
After the amusing performance, we walked around this part of the farm and watched half part of the duck parade, because it was so windy cold we gave up!
Actually there's much more to explore further up, where there's fruits and flowers plantation. But since it's nearing December and not the harvest period of any fruits nor flower bloom, so we decided to walk back down the slopes for piglets race.
However, if you visit Mother Farm during other time of the year, it's worth checking out the fruit section. The bus tour will cover this section too. Check their Japanese website for more details, link at the end of this post.
Back to the piglets race, before the show began, the staff would sell piglet plushies with number tags attached.
It's like a form of betting? But Hey! It's all for fun only! It costed 500¥/plushie and you'll receive some form of reward if your chosen piglet number wins! I bought a black piglet because it's so cute but without realizing it's a game! My number 4 didn't win me anything thou. The staff would invite guests (mostly children) to join in the race too, so go for it if you are game! We didn't, even though Lil K wanted very much to race with the pigs! The daddy was worried Lil K might fall face down while running in boots and get too dirty/hurt at this early part of our holiday!
Haaa! 😅😅😅 #ThinkTooMuch
We walked over to the petting farm (ふれあい牧場) again, which was just beside the piglets race. Mini K patted all the sheeps and chased all the Patagonian maras to his hearts content!
|Simple Oden, perfect for the cold weather!|