Family of the Corn

Ueda Farm Sweet Corn Harvesting

kibichuo town, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Judith Mikami


Take part in a farm experience that you will never forget in the spectacular highland landscape of Kibichuo Town with the warm and welcoming Ueda family. Walk through the towering stalks of corn which engulf you with a seemingly endless series of rows.

The patriarch of the family, Mr. Ueda, has lived in Kibichuo his whole life as a farmer. At the tender age of 80 years old he is full of delightful stories about the area. Not only is his farm open to visitors for corn picking, he is also part of the homestay program that Kibichuo Town has put together to give visitors a marvelous look at highland farm life.

Held from the beginning of July until the end of August, this experience allows you to pick a few ears of corn for yourself to cook up the way you want them. Advanced registration is required as it has become exceedingly popular with visitors from both within and outside of Okayama Prefecture.

Apparently, many people come back to have the corn picking experience again. It is really something that most people never get to do. Just being there on a farm in the vast environment of Kibichuo town  is rewarding in itself. The added bonus comes from the pleasure of interacting with the farm family and the other visitors who are sharing the experience with you.

If you have the time in your schedule, arrange to do a homestay after your corn picking experience and get even more of a taste of the highland lifestyle.


About the Area

Kibichuo Town is a located within the Chugoku Mountains and is comprised of fertile highland farmland and expansive forests. Its natural scenic beauty has long attracted the attention of visitors from around the country and in recent years, international travelers have followed suit. Easily accessible from both Okayama Station and Okayama Airport, Kibichuo Town is the perfect getaway.


Access: Take the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Soja Station.Walk for about 5 minutes to the Nakasuga Danchi Mae Bihoku bus stop. Take the Bihoku bus to the Miyanou bus stop. Ueda farm is about a 4 minute walk from the MIyanou bus stop.

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