Brown's Field

Brown's Field, Isumi: Address, Phone Number, Brown's Field Reviews: 4.5/5

Brown's Field
Speciality & Gift Shops • Farms
Brown's Field is an organic farm, café, shop and accommodation located on the Boso Peninsula, just 80km (1 hour by fast train) from Tokyo. Set amongst the rice fields it is a tranquil environment to come and relax and enjoy the simple and pure attributes of nature and to return to the traditions of Japanese farmhouse living. Established in 1999 by renowned journalist and photographer Everett Kennedy Brown and his wife Deco Nakajima, chef and author of several macrobiotic cookbooks and lecturer at the Kushi Macrobiotic Academy, Brown's Field focusses on sustainable, organic farming with an emphasis on Japanese traditions. Whether it's just for a day trip to enjoy a delicious organic lunch at the Rice Terrace Café, or if you want to unwind and stay for a few days, Brown's Field is the perfect escape from the hectic city and a chance to immerse yourself in authentic Japanese traditions in a picturesque landscape.
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7 reviews
Very good

San Diego, CA26 contributions
Feb 2019
We stayed here twice and had a great time. the farm is wild and old-fashioned and rustic. the farmers are really interesting people who are also very industrious - with their cafe, Treehouse BnB, new BnB nearby, organic farm volunteers, kids camps, books writing etc.

the food was all good and we loved learning how to make Miso paste - that was very special. My daughter loved learning how to make a fire to cook rice - it's like going back in time.

We stayed in the barn but i look forward to stay in a treehouse there someday.
Written January 31, 2020
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Rich D
Miami Beach, FL19 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
I don't remember where I had heard of Brown's Field, but I knew I wanted to check it out whilst in Japan. I hopped on a train to Chiba from where I was staying in Shinjuku and it took a couple of hours to get there. When I got to the Chōjamachi Station, I was hoping to find some taxis, but there were none! It is a very small station and the attendant did not speak any English. I could have used my Google Translator to ask how I could get a cab, but I decided to walk instead because it was a nice day and the farm was only an hour away on foot.

If you hoof it like I did, you'll enjoy seeing a lot of rice fields, small houses with residents tending their gardens, and some other small town sights. Also plenty of tsunami warning signs! Eek. It was a fun walk, though. As I got closer to the farm, I was in what felt like the middle of nowhere for 15 minutes. Very off the beaten path! LOL

I saw a cool teepee as I walked up to the entrance. Behind that teepee was a goat whom I'd later learn was named Paul. He is a friendly fella (possibly blind in one eye), but I hear he sometimes likes to hit people with his head so watch out for that lol. The only other animals I saw were cats. The orange and white one is named Potato. He's very cute.

I didn't see many people when I got there, which was around 3:20pm on a Saturday. I followed the signs to the Rice Terrace Cafe and made my way inside. There was nobody in there so I called out "sumimasen" and a lady showed up from the kitchen. She asked me to remove my shoes at the entrance and invited me in. Luckily they were still open for business.

I ordered their set meal which includes organic food that they grow themselves or source from local farmers. It included brown rice, miso soup, and some Japanese vegetables. The food was pretty good. The soup was delicious! I had their slow drip coffee for dessert and it was the best coffee I've had in Japan so far.

I eventually met some of the other staff members and they were all really friendly. They spoke English which was useful when it was time to ask if they could help find me a taxi lol.

I would have loved to stay later to learn more about what they do, but the sun was quickly setting and they were about to close. So I made my way towards the beach to check out the waves before heading back to the train station on foot.

If you are interested in visiting Brown's Field, I'd highly suggest you rent a car to get around. You can make it there on foot, but it might be time consuming / a hassle. And there is a lot to do in that area, so it would be worth having your own transportation.
Written November 24, 2018
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Susan W
Isumi, Japan4 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
We all just popped in for tea to explore and it was lovely.
Shady and restful and plenty of room for children to run about, although we didn't take any.
Can't wait to try the food sometime.
Written September 12, 2016
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