A must-try fruit picking during your stay in Japan
Fruit picking has become a popular leisure activity for travelers in Japan recently. In autumn there are many types of fruit ready to be picked. This autumn, how about adding fruit picking to your travel plans?
What can you do when you go fruit picking?
There are many types of fruit grown, depending on the season, all over Japan. Fruit picking, a typical Japanese pastime, is where you go to the farm or orchard and pick fruit with your own hands and then enjoy its flavor on the spot. During the autumn period, fruit such as apples, mandarins, and persimmon are in season, and many farms offer fruit picking experiences for this fruit. The taste of fruit is unrivaled in Japan due to constant improvement and inter-varietal crossing. The fruit tastes even better when enjoyed in the laid back rural Japan scenery.
What is the Fruit Picking System?
Usually, after paying an entry fee, you can eat as much as you pick in a given time frame. Some farms will also let you take home a specified quantity of fruit.
English available! Ishida Kanko Noen ( Naganohara Town, Gunma)
For only the price of the entry fee, you can experience harvesting a variety of fruit and vegetables. It is apple picking season until mid-November. The owner-farmer has experience of studying in America and can answer all your queries in English. Please come and taste this special fruit grown using only homemade organic fertilizer.
●Ishida Kanko Noen ●0279-84-2457 ●1353-318 Kita Karuizawa, Naganoharamachi, Agatsuma-gun, Gumma ●http://i-kanko-nouen.com/english.html
●Open from 9:00 to 17:00 ●Open every day during the season (Fruit picking experience available until the middle of November) ●Entry fee: Adult: ￥500 to ￥1500. Elementary school students: ￥300 to ￥1,200. Under elementary age children: ￥200 to ￥1,000. *Varies according to the fruit picked.
There is also a site in English! Nakagomi Orchard (Minami Alps, Yamanashi)
The owner, Mr. Nakagomi, is a former English teacher and welcomes over 1,000 overseas tourists every year. From the end of September to the end of November is the apple picking season, and from the end of October to the end of November is the season of sweet persimmon. The orchard’s commitment to fruit growing is described in detail on the English website.
●Nakagomi Orchard ●090-1664-2921 (English) ●2281-1 Iinoh, Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi ●●Open from 9:00 to 16:00 ●Open every day during the season ●Apple picking: Eat as much as you want no time limit \1,000 per person (take home 2 or 3 apples depending on the size). Persimmon picking: Eat as much as you want no time limit \1,000 per person. Under school age children \500 *we also offer an apple and persimmon picking set course
Easy access from Tokyo! Shibaguchi Orchard (Yokohama City, Kanagawa)
Located in the suburbs of Yokohama, the orchard is easily accessed from Tokyo. You can enjoy mandarin picking from the end of October to the end of December, and persimmon picking from the end of October to the end of November. Come empty handed – baskets and scissors are supplied free of charge.
●Shibaguchi Orchard ●090-7015-8031● 146 Kagetoricho, Totsuka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa ●Open from 10:00 to 16:00 ●Open every day during the season (No fixed holiday. Inquiries required) ●Mandarin Picking: Eat as much as you want, no time limit. Adults \1,000, Children \900 including 1.5 kg to take home.
*The above information was last updated on September 12, 2016. For more details, please contact each facility directly.
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