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5 Recommended Spots Near Tokyo Where You Can Enjoy Fruit Picking

2016.09.08

Writer name : KAMIOKA

In Japan, when the hot summer ends, the season of harvest, autumn, begins. Here are some recommended spots for fruit picking near Tokyo.

1. Furuya Farm (Yamanashi)

This is a plantation where you can enjoy picking grapes from August to September. They make sure to use as little agricultural chemicals as possible, so the recommendation is the all-you-can-eat course where you can safely eat as many grapes for as long as you want. It's great that you can casually enjoy their taste without worrying about time. You can also bring food and drinks. They might have previously-harvested types of grapes stored in a fridge, so it's worth a try to ask and they might bring them out for you. However, you can't bring home what you don't eat. They also sell by weight.
Costs: 1,500 JPY - 2,000 JPY for people older than 13, 800 JPY - 1,000 JPY for children, 300 JPY - 500 JPY for toddlers, babies 2 and under free

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


1. Furuya Farm (Yamanashi)


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

2. Nashi no Itouen (Chiba)

This pear farm has been in existence for more than 100 years. They have 5 different types of pears that you can enjoy from the beginning of August to the beginning of October. They only sell by weight based on what you pick. Depending on the type of pears, the price is different (700 JPY - 900 JPY for 1kg). Inside the farm, you can taste test, but you can't eat the pears you've picked. Entry to the farm is free, but each group must pick 3kg worth of pears or more. You can pick pears easily just by hand. All of what you pick becomes part of what you buy, so please enjoy but make sure you don't pick too much.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


2. Nashi no Itouen (Chiba)


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

3. Shibaguchi Orchard (Kanagawa)

You can enjoy different kinds of fruit picking here, including 7 types of grapes (mid-August to early September), 5 types of pears (August - mid-September), 2 types of figs (late August - late October), 4 kinds of persimmons (October - early November), and 3 types of mandarins (end of October - early December, mid-February to mid-March). Each specific type of fruit has its own harvesting period, so make sure to check the homepage beforehand if there's a specific fruit you want to try. The only one you can enjoy all-you-can-eat is the mandarins (with 1kg included as a gift). All the other fruits are only sold by weight, with differing prices by type.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


3. Shibaguchi Orchard (Kanagawa)


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

4. Budougari no Hagiwara Nouen (Chiba)

From mid-August to October, you can enjoy large seedless grapes, mostly kyoho grapes, in their 40 minute long grape-picking all-you-can-eat-and-compare. Half of the farm is roofed so you can enjoy it even in the rain. It's a popular farm that does get crowded, so it's recommended that you reserve a table on the homepage at least the day before you go. if you don't have a reservation, you might not be able to eat on the premises. When it's crowded, they only offer sales by weight of certain kinds of grapes.
Costs: 1,500 JPY for people over 13, 1,000 JPY for children, 500 JPY for toddlers, free for babies 2 and under

*Photo for illustration purposes.


4. Budougari no Hagiwara Nouen (Chiba)


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

5. Chichibu Fruits Farm (Saitama)

You can enjoy picking grapes here from August to October. You can eat types of grapes like the Himrod, which almost never appears in markets, and the Chichibu Yama Ruby, which is hard to cultivate (August only). At this farm, you can enjoy the stone-grilled barbecue and grape all-you-can-eat (30 minutes) course. (Available only on weekends and holidays, starting at 2,700 JPY.) If you're a group, you can make a reservation to enjoy the course on a weekday. They also have a very popular strawberry picking area from January to early May.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


5. Chichibu Fruits Farm (Saitama)


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

When you're fruit picking, your feet will get dirty with soil and it may not be flat land. When you're picking fruits, you may focus too much on your hands. Please remember your feet and wear shoes that are easy to walk in and comfortable clothes so you can properly enjoy!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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