With all of the high-tech attractions and neon lights, large cities in Japan can be a bit overstimulating after a time. If this is the case, have no fear! There is plenty to see outside of the cities, and Narita Dream Dairy Farm (Narita Yumebokujo) is one great example.
A little bit north of the main area of Narita, Narita Dream Dairy Farm is a sightseeing farm. At about 300,000 square meters, their website boasts that this is seven times as large as Tokyo Dome. It definitely offers enough space to enjoy the outdoors and nature in Chiba. The farm offers close-up experiences with the animals, with activities ranging from milking a cow to walking a goat to playing with guinea pigs and rabbits.
The farm holds seasonal events as well, from flower picking events to special Christmas events. And if you get tired of any of the attractions and just want to relax, there is a park for just that, complete with a playground for children. Bringing a tent and making a day of your trip to the farm is also allowed. You can even bring your dog! There is a special dog cafe and a shop for the canine visitors.
Another interesting thing about the farm is it produces its own dairy products. The restaurants at the farm and the stores around Narita all use milk produced by the farm. There are quite a few stores around Narita, especially along Omotesando (the road leading the Narita San). If you are in Narita and see a store with characters like this, 成田ゆめ牧場, you know they are using products from Narita Dream Dairy Farm. Not only are their ice cream and dairy products delicious, it is a very easy way to buy locally and support the farm and its animals.
Location: 730 Nagi, Narita-City, Chiba, 289-0111
How to get there: JR Narita Line towards Choshi, get off at Namegawa Station. There is a free shuttle bus from Namegawa Station that will take you directly to Narita Dream Dairy Farm
Price: Adults-1,400 yen, Children – 700 yen, Dogs – between 1,000 to 1,500 yen
The English website is quite limited, so if you can read Japanese it is more helpful to look at the Japanese one.
If you are looking to take a break from the overstimulation of Tokyo, Yokohama, or Chiba city, try making a trip to Narita Dream Dairy Farm! It’s a refreshing change of pace from busy urban life and is well worth a trip to Narita. Enjoy the ice cream!