Mother Farm (Chiba, Tokyo, Japan)

Mother Farm (Chiba, Tokyo) - Bumble Bee Mum

Mother Farm in Chiba, located at the outskirts of Tokyo, is an increasingly popular destination for families visiting Tokyo with kids.  However, getting to Mother Farm from central Tokyo via public transport, while not impossible, is quite a hassle.  So we decided to visit it as part of our self-drive trip last December.

Getting to Mother Farm from Tokyo

According to their website, you need to catch the train to Kimitsu Station. You can use Hyperdia to search for the fastest train route from the station near your hotel.  But as an example, if you are coming from Shinjuku, you are looking at at least one transfer.  The train ride will take about 2 hours one-way and cost 1490yen per pax.

Getting to Mother Farm by public transport

From Kimitsu, you will still need to catch a shuttle bus which requires prior reservation by calling +81-439-37-3211.  The shuttle bus has a fixed timing:

  • JR Kimitsu Sta 10:40 → Mother Farm 11:20
  • Mother Farm 15:30 → JR Kimitsu Sta 16:10

Looking at the above, I reckoned that if we used public transport from our apartment in Shinjuku, we will have to leave at 8am to walk to the station and catch the 8.35am train from Shinjuku station – one of the busiest and most confusing train stations in the world. The kids may get to experience being pushed into a train by train conductors for the first time in their life.  (I already have that experience and I’m not sure I want to repeat that.)  Then there is the mad-dash to make the transfer at Kinshicho within 3 minutes WITH THE KIDS.  And we will only arrive at Mother Farm at 11.20am.  That means we would have spent 3.5 hours getting there – and another 3.5 hours getting back.  And we will only be at the farm from 11.20pm to 3.30pm.  7 hours transport for a 4 hours visit?? That’s not my style.

Hence, I recommend renting a car if you want to visit Mother Farm from Tokyo.

Mother Farm Review

Okay! So we rented a car to go to Mother Farm on day 2 of our trip.  We spent the previous day on the flight, so we decided to just sleep until we woke up naturally instead of setting alarm clocks or morning calls.  By the time we reached Mother Farm, it was about 10.30am.

Stamp Rally

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The first thing we did when we arrived (besides buying tickets) was to pick up a stamp rally booklet.  Stamp rally is an activity commonly found at tourist attractions throughout Japan.  You will get a brochure or activity book of some sort with spaces to stamp and your task is to go around the attraction looking for the stamps.


While stamp rallies are usually free, the one at Mother Farm cost 200yen per booklet.  It was placed at a stand near the entrance and you are just supposed to drop 200yen into a box while you pick up a booklet.  Nobody will check because the Japanese are just too honest about stuff like that.  We didn’t want to deprive the kids since they LOVE stamp ralles and picked up two booklets and dropped 400 yen into the box before heading off.

Pig Race

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By the time we got our tickets and the kids picked up their stamp rally booklets, we saw a crowd gathering for the 11am Pig Race and decided to join in.   There are 3 races per day: At 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

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They asked for volunteers to join in the race.  As in no, I’m not saying the volunteers are pigs. The volunteers were there to help chase the pigs towards the finishing line.

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It was hilarious because the pigs were super fast (like seriously, I didn’t knew pigs could run that fast!) and the daddy was struggling to keep up with the pig (of course, he was carrying a toddler so you can’t blame him).

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Eventually the staff took over to complete the race because it started raining.  Before the race ended, we all raced toward the shelter, so I’m not sure who won.

Cafe #1

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There were a few cafes around Mother Farm.  So we first stopped at the one nearest to the Pig Race area to seek shelter.  Since we were there, we decided to pick up some steaming hot buns and hot chocolate.

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After the rain subsided to a drizzle, we headed out to the petting farm which was just next to the pig race area.

Fureai Farm

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Fureai ふれあい in Japanese basically means touching.  So when I saw Fureai Farm, I figured it was probably the typical goat / rabbit / hamster feeding and petting zone.

But omg, I was so WRONG! I mean.. what are those??? I don’t even know.  They look like little rabbits cross kangaroos?  Since they were in the Fureai Farm, I assumed they were friendly and safe to touch.

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They could hop pretty fast and the kids had to chase them around the farm to try to touch them.  Eventually, the kids learnt the trick of sneaking up to the animals from behind to pet them.

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Then out of nowhere, a capybara appeared!

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A capybara in a petting farm! Even I wanted to go and pet it.  Okay, I did pet it, but nobody was around to take photo for me since I was the photographer.

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The kids loved playing with the capybaras so much!

And apparently in the afternoon at 3pm, the capybara would go for onsen baths??  I would have loved to see this.

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Unfortunately the weather was very bad when we were there and we ended up leaving early.  Here’s a photo I found on Mother Farm’s Facebook Page.


While we were there, it was not the capybaras enjoying an onsen but the ducks.

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‘Ducks in a petting farm??’ You may wonder.

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Yeah, little MY took the FUREAI concept all the way and went to pet the duck.

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There were also a sheep and cow but they were *yawnz* boring so the kids ignored them.

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I mean, why pet a cow when you could pet a capybara right?

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Farm Bus

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After the kids had enough fun petting the animals, it was time to move on to the upper part of the farm.  Mother Farm was HUGE and the other half of the farm was located at the top of the hill.

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There was a bus to bring visitors to various parts of the farm.  The bus costs 200 yen per adult / 100 yen per child (age 4 to 11).  We decided to walk since the weather was nice and cold.  I love walking in the cold! Not the sub-zero snowing kind of cold but the colder than Singapore kind of cold.  If you know what I mean.

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Rabbit & Hamster House

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I was a good thing we decided to walk because we passed by the rabbit and hamster house while the petting session was still on!

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The kids were given gloves and a towel each and they were free to choose which rabbit or hamster they wanted to cuddle.  MY went for a little hamster (and insisting on the particular black and white one) while MF went for a bigger rabbit.

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Awwww… I love their expressions when they were cuddling the animals!

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After the end of the cuddling session, we continued our climb up to the rest of Mother Farm.

Climb Climb Climb…

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So up the slopes we climbed.  I was frankly quite exhausted but it was nothing to the super energetic kids.

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Along the way, I stopped to enjoy the scenery and remaining autumn foliage.  Not much left in December but still better than nothing.

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I thought the scenery towards the top reminded me a lot of Cinging in Taiwan.

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Duck Race

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By the time we reached the top, we realised we had missed the duck race.  AWWWW….  So much for not setting an alarm clock.   We entertained ourselves by checking out the llamas (I think?) nearby instead.

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Horse Feeding

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We reached the horses area and for 300 yen, we could purchase a cup of carrots to feed the horses.  Okay, I wanted to let the kids feed the horses because they had enjoyed it a lot at Animal Resort Singapore.  But I didn’t have any money with me then.  The husband had decided to camp himself at the Agrodome while the kids and I ran along to check out the horses and I left all the bags with him.  So too bad, no carrots for the poor horse.

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At 1pm, we went back to the Agrodome to catch the dog shepherding show.

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Turns out the show was not just about dog shepherding.  A guy whom I thought looked uncannily like Jay Chou came on and brought out a bunch of other animals with him.

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Don’t you think he looks like Jay Chou?? No? Maybe it’s the whole 牛仔很忙 get up.  I amused myself throughout the show by imagining him to be Jay Chou.  Like Jay Chou getting kissed by a horse.

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Jay Chou chasing after an ostrich.

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Jay Chou takes a bow.  End of concert.

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Cow Milking

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There was actually an amusement park on the upper part of Mother Farm.  But MY decided to poop during the show at Agrodome and we left the diaper-bag in the car.  So we had to go back down the hill to get it.  And there was no way we were going back up that hill after going down.  So we skipped the amusement park and went on to the cows section.

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MF had a go at milking a cow.

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And I couldn’t resist popping into the souvenir shop nearby to see what snacks they had.  I bought their Mother Farm Rare Cheesecake – it was pretty good.

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Cafe #2

While we were enjoying our cheesecake, a lady from the farm told us that it was going to rain.  We looked at the sky and it was indeed starting to look very gloomy.  So we quickly started making our way back to the exit.

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We had our lunch at the main cafe near to the entrance.  As we were eating, the rain got heavier and heavier until it was pouring.  Hence we decided to go back to Shinjuku after lunch instead of waiting out for the rain to stop.

In Summary…

We only spent half a day at Mother Farm, but we could easily have spent the whole day there if not for the bad weather.  The kids had so much fun and I definitely recommend visiting despite the hassle of getting there from central Tokyo.  But I really suggest you rent a car and drive there.

The farm was HUGE and we did not even get to the fruit-picking section. At different times of the year, you can pick different fruits or vegetables at Mother Farm.


Image Source: Mother Farm


If you wish to experience both fruit-picking and animals interaction, you definitely should plan to spend the whole day at Mother Farm.   In winter, there is illumination in the evening.


Image Source: Mother Farm


We had originally planned to stay at Mother Farm until the evening for the illumination.  But unfortunately for the bad weather, we missed the illumination.  If you are visiting during the illumination period (please check official website for exact dates), I recommend you rent a car, spend the day at Mother Farm and catch the illumination. After that, drive on to Tokyo German Village for the illumination there.

Illumination at Tokyo German Village


The drive from Mother Farm to Tokyo German Village is about 30 minutes.  If you do them together, I find that it makes your one-day car rental and the time & toll fee spent to get to Chiba more worthwhile.

If you are visiting Mother Farm during the year-end holidays, please check their website carefully their closure dates! The farm has scheduled closures around the second week of December and January every year. 

Information on Mother Farm:

Japanese Name: マザー牧場

Map: Click here for Google map location

Tel: 0439-37-3211

Map Code (what is this?): 769 292 438

Admission Fee:

  • Adults 1500 Yen
  • Children (Age 4 to Elementary School age) 800 Yen

Parking Fee: 900 Yen per car

Opening Hours:

  • February – November: 0900 – 1700 (weekends) / 0930 – 1630 (weekdays)
  • December – January: 0930 – 1600 (weekends) / 1000 – 1600 (weekdays)
  • Illumination: 1400 – 2000 (check for exact dates of illumination)
  • Note year-end closures around second week of Dec and Jan.

Official Websites: Homepage | Facebook Page

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  • Awww. Your little munchkins had such adorable faces when they were with the bunnies. I wish I’d been able to travel with my kidlets when they were little. Now that they are adults the dynamics have changed … but I was thrilled that they still like us enough to have asked to join us when we go to KL and Singapore this year. Better late than never. 🙂

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Are you coming to Singapore?? Do PM me when you’re here! I can show you around and ermm… help take family photos for you! Haha… I love bringing friends from overseas around.

  • Lydia C. Lee says:

    Wow – those capybas are kooky…I like the reindeer horse too!

  • mmlittlee says:

    super duper loving this farm lor! Look! There’s wilbur! I’m happier with the animals than the jay chou wannabe hahaha

  • Waiwai says:

    My children would definitely love this place! Thanks for sharing!

  • Great farm! My son would love it here too. I love how there is this just outside Tokyo… you don’t associate at farm with the city! #citytripping

  • Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad says:

    Farms are always fun, for big kids or small! I think the strange animal might have been an agouti? Like a big guinea pig… Anyway, that capybara is so cute, I love the expressions on their faces.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Somehow I think small kids look cuter in farms. Because of how they look so tiny and the animals look so big in comparison? The capybaras are seriously my favourite. They were like so cool and nonchalant while all the visitors were going gaga over them.

  • Phoebe says:

    Wow! The animals are so cute!! What is your kids’ favourite ? Would love to visit the farms when there is opportunities.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I didn’t ask them which as their favourite. Probably the capybara… or the hamster. Hahaha.. My younger boy super loved THAT particular hamster. He refused to hold any other hamster or rabbit but that one.

  • Wander Mum says:

    What a fun day out – and I can’t believe how much you fitted into half a day. Those capybaras are amazing – I don’t think I’ve ever seen them before so being able to pet them would have been a novelty. You children look so cute with the animals. Bet they had an amazing time. Thanks for sharing on #citytripping x

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, we all had an amazing time in spite of the rain. Would have been more awesome if the weather was good! I can’t believe I missed the duck parade, I was kind of looking forward to it. And the capybaras bathing. Ugh! I hate bad weather when on vacation!

  • Claudia says:

    This looks super fun and awesome! The capybara is super cute, like giant hamsters? Not sure how my girls would react to these animals, hope we will have a chance to visit one day. Your blog is so going to be our default visit Japan research place!

  • Angie.S says:

    I love the close interaction with animals at this farm. And thanks for your detailed advice on why self-drive is better than public transport to get to the farm. I’ve bookmarked it for our future trips! 😀

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I was actually helping my friend decide whether she should rent a car just to go to Mother Farm. So as we were reading the reviews of Mother Farm on TripAdvisor, we noticed a trend: People who drove there generally had a much better review of the farm compared to people who used public transport to get there. Like really, if I had taken the 3.5 hours public transport to get there, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it quite as much. I would probably be stoned and the kids super cranky before we even reach the entrance of the farm and we would all be in a lousy mood.

  • Michelle says:

    The farm looks so fun for the kids, but the 3.5hours travel from Tokyo is enough to make me think twice about going!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yeah.. I have never thought of going there in the past. I mean, no matter how fun a farm, it didn’t seem to warrant 3.5 hour (and 3.5 hours back!) with multiple transfers between trains and buses. But driving there kind of changes everything. Wish we had better weather though.

  • Shubhada says:

    Japan has so much to do, so much to see. This place seems to be for complete family fun. Your kids must have loved to get up close and personal with the animals. I would surely try and take my kids here.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Frankly before we visited, I was unsure how much my kids would enjoy a farm trip. Hate to say this but my kids are super pampered and they dislike the dirt and smell of farms and petting zoos in general. But this farm was extremely clean so the boys really enjoyed themselves.

  • MummyTravels says:

    What a fantastic day out – totally different to my experience of Japan! I love the look on the capybara’s face, fantastic. And my daughter adores a stamp rally too. Thanks for joining up with #citytripping

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I think stamp rally is such an awesome activity. Even before I had kids, I brought an empty notebook with me on my Japan trips to collect the stamps. Nowadays I just leave it to the kids to do it.

  • Pig races, ostriches and capybaras?! How weirdly wonderful! Looks like a really fun place, I know my animal-mad kids would love it. #citytripping

  • Kat says:

    Wow, you certainly had a full and long day at the farm! I reckon this farm is a great place to get in touch with the animals, learn more about them – great education especially for children. Very interesting. #CityTripping

    P.S The capybaras are huge!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      It was indeed interesting for the kids to be able to get so close to the animals. Not so sure about educational though since most of the information was in Japanese. :p

  • I KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE!!!!! Haha sorry for the shouty caps but I get SO excited whenever I see animals! Anyway, those little things are Patagonian maras (see here if you want to know more: http://www.slightlyastray.com/buenos-aires-zoo-patagonian-mara/) and yeah they’re friendly but the ones I saw didn’t let you pet them! And I love capybaras!!! I would die to pet one! The ones there are HUGE too!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Haha.. Thank you for enlightening all of us. Finally someone knows for sure what that animal is! I guess you haven’t mastered the art of sneaking up behind the Patagonian maras (what a mouthful!) to pet them.

  • Nice photos! Actually I typed so long but message didn’t go through hahaha now forgot what to say, except I thought the Capybaras were some giant wombats 😛

  • Meiling says:

    Looks like great fun especially the pig race!! I really wish I knew about it on my last visit. Do you think it is suitable for older kids (aged 10 and above) or do you think they will find it too lame? Thanks for sharing…

  • Danessa says:

    A hidden gem indeed! I won’t think that there would be a farm in Tokyo. I would want to bring Yasmin to a farm one day – I know she would love to see the piggy jumping around in the obstacle course. But I got to do it without hubby cos he’s not too fond of the farm smell.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      My boys are not fond of farm smell too! Which is why I think they love this place so much. It is very clean and I don’t remember having to endure much of the farm smell.

  • Ruth says:

    All of this is so cute! I have friends that are repulsed by capybaras. They can’t get over the fact that they are giant rodents. To be honest, I think the ones in this farm are very cute. I will like to pet them. Your sons faces are s sweet. I think one of them was talking to one of the capybaras. ;0)

  • What a fun experience for your kids! I have to say… it looks like it would be fun for adults, too!!

  • Wow, what an amazing farm! The name doesn’t sound familiar from my time spent living in Tokyo but I didn’t have any kids back then… Your description of Shinjuku station made me laugh and brought back memories of the people pushers! It sounds like the car was the best choice. The farm looks huge and sounds like there is so much to do. Glad you all had fun. Thanks for linking up to #MyFavouriteTrip Polly

  • Roselyn Tan says:

    Hi Bumblebeemun,

    I really love reading your blog. It is informative. I will be gg to Tokyo, hakone/Mount Fuji area and hakuba this coming December Wif my 2 boys 7 & 9.

    Wondering how’s the weather like in December? Will it keeps raining?

    I will b gg from 8-22 dec 16. So I will like this to seek your advice on the following:

    I shld stay at Tokyo before driving out to Mother farm, Tokyo German village, Yokohama, hakone, Mount Fuji. Return car and go to Hakuba for skiing and then to disneyland / disneysea. Is this route to take correct?

    In central Tokyo to drive out to mother farm, will it be difficult if I stay near Shinjuku?

    Tks for helping to answer my queries.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      In Tokyo, you will be looking at temperature between 0 (at night) to 10 (day time) deg celsius. It may rain, it may not. When it comes to rain, it is all about luck. At Hakone / Mount Fuji region, it will be colder and temperature may fall a little below 0 at night.

      I will put Hakuba at the end of the trip. Where ski resorts are concerned, you should go as late in December as possible.

      It is not really difficult to drive from Shinjuku to Mother Farm. Just follow the GPS. :p

  • Roselyn Tan says:

    Tks for your reply. I was wondering whether will it be difficult to go to the airport from Hakuba if it’s at the end With all our luggages since I will be taking the train there. I don’t dare to drive to hakuba if there is snow.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hmmm… If you don’t want to carry all your luggage around, I guess you can go back to Tokyo to stay in a hotel which would allow you to leave your luggage with them while you just pack a smaller bag to go to Hakuba.

  • Annette says:

    Hi your post on Motherfarm looks wonderful! My kids love The Animal Resort here in Singapore and I’m contemplating to make it a trip down to Motherfarm!

    Could you tell me more about the drive from Tokyo to Motherfarm? Was it difficult to navigate apart from using the GPS? Thanks in advance, really appreciate this!!

  • Pat says:

    Hi there,

    I am planning a trip to MotherFarm in Nov. May I ask how long is the drive from Tokyo to MotherFarm? Is it advisable to stay there overnight? Which car rental company did you used and did u rent for a day or throughout your stay in Tokyo as I’m afraid the parking charges can be quite expensive in the city?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      The drive from Tokyo to Mother Farm should take about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on which part of Tokyo you are at. I rented a car throughout my trip from Times Car Rental at Narita Airport. Parking is indeed exorbitant in Tokyo city! So if you are just visiting Mother Farm, you can rent a car just for the day and return it to save on parking. I don’t think you need to spend the night at Mother Farm – it can be done as a day trip.

  • annisa hapsari says:

    Hi there,
    Love love love to see how kids enjoying them selves at the farm and petting those weirdo yet cute animals..
    for the petting farm, is there any minimum age? my daughter just turn 15 months when we plan going to tokyo, next July 2017, i dont know yet whether she likes animals or scare of them :p

    • bumblebeemum says:

      There is no minimum age to pet the animals. You can just bring her there to see if she likes them or not. Even if she doesn’t dare to pet them, most kids still enjoy just watching animals from a distance. And I thought even for adults, it was super cool to pet the capybaras. I would have gone there to pet the capybaras myself even if the kids didn’t dare to.. haha..

  • Lynn says:

    Hi bumblebeemum,
    May I know how much did you pay for the tolls when you drive from Shinjuku to Mother farm?
    Roughly how much to rent a car from Shinjuku to drive to Mother Farm for a day trip?
    Will I be able to pick up the car very early in the morning and drive down to mother farm by 10am?
    Thank you

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hmm.. I really cannot remember how much I paid for the tolls. It wasn’t cheap for sure… Tolls are never cheap in Japan.. :p

      Car rental prices depend on company, season, duration of rental and car type. But for a compact 5-seater, if you only rent it for one day, it should cost about 10,000yen?

      The time you can pick-up the car depends on what time the car rental office opens. Toyota’s offices generally open at 7 or 8am, so you should be able to make it to Mother Farm by 10am if you rent from them.

  • Wenny says:

    Hello! Is it a good time to visit Mother Farm in Dec? maybe 17 Dec onwards? Are the pig race, duck race and the amusement park still ongoing that time? Is there a 2 day pass? Haha!
    Also which hotel should I stay at in order to have the easiest drive to Mother Farm? Thank you very much!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yup, I think December would be a good time to visit Mother Farm because there will be illumination. But Mother Farm has schedule closure in December, usually during the second week. So do check to make sure your date doesn’t coincide with their closure dates.

      I don’t think you need 2 days for Mother Farm. One full day is sufficient – provided it doesn’t rain like it did for us. >_< Staying in Chiba would actually make it easier to drive to Mother Farm compared to staying in Central Tokyo. Hotels in Chiba are also generally cheaper.

  • Shin says:

    Hi bumblebee mum. Great blog! I always refer to your website when planning trips to Japan. May I know how much is the toll cost to drive from Tokyo to Mother farm? I just need a rough idea. Trying to see if renting a car for 12hrs makes sense.

    Also due to avoiding weekends at Disneyland, We will be staying at fujikawaguchiko and hakone for 4 nights (we will reach kawaguchiko at 3-4pm on the first day) Is that too much?

    Btw my kids are 1.5yo and 3.5yo.

    Thanks in advance!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I really can’t remember how much the toll fee was because we paid so much tolls on this trip and the car rental company just billed us everything at the end without a breakdown. But if I were to do a wild guess, I would say about 3000 yen per way? If you use the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line (the line that cuts across the water from Haneda to Chiba), the toll fee on that line alone cost 3000 yen.

      I think 4 nights in Hakone and Kawaguchiko is fine. There are quite a lot of things to explore in the region.

  • Shirleen chua says:

    Hi Bumble bee mum, need your advices. We will be in tokyo in December and planning a day trip to Mother farm. We have 2 girls age 8 n 2 with us. We felt the public transport to Chiba is too much a hassle and too long. And thinking if we should rent a car which is more comfortable for our girls and easier on me n my hub. But my concern is the traffic condition in shinjuku which is where we will be staying? Or should we take a train to the outskirt of tokyo and rent a car there to drive to Motherfarm? Please kindly advise. We are really looking forward to the trip to Mother farm. Thanks!

    • Queen Bee says:

      Hmmm.. If you are driving out during morning peak hour, it may be tricky. But then again, taking the train during peak hour will be equally tricky. I would probably just drive from Shinjuku, but try to leave as early as possible (like get the car the moment the car rental office opens and start driving out).

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