Japan |Multiple regions
Fall in Japan is the season for delicious foods to be harvested in mountains and villages. Delicious fruits such as grapes, Japanese pears, and more, are sure to ripen again this year. At the orchards open to visitors, not only can you pick and eat from branches laden with fruit, you can also buy fruit more cheaply than the commercial price. Great value whether you eat the fruit right there or take it home to enjoy later. Why not maximize the Japan fall experience and go out fruit picking?
If we are talking grapes, we are talking Yamanashi Prefecture. Kyoho and Pione grapes are widespread as they are large and full of juice, but recently "Shine Muscat" variety is also popular in Japan. With a lot of sweetness and little acidity, they are mostly seedless and can be eaten without peeling the skin. Don't miss the chance to try Japan's Shine Muscat grapes.
Worried that you might soon get tired of picking grapes? At "Ichikoen" in Yamanashi Prefecture, it is possible to make a reservation for a plan that includes all-you-can-eat grapes together with a barbecue and Yamanashi specialty, Houtou hotpot, for you to enjoy. Some Kyoho grape sherbet is also provided free for you to taste when you visit the park.
The Japanese pears of Chiba Prefecture are famous. The main Japanese pear cultivar is "Kosui". Due to the warm climate from winter into spring, harvest time comes early, and from the beginning of August they start to be seen at markets. After Chiba, the second biggest producer of Japanese pears is Ibaraki Prefecture. The new variety "Akizuki" is an original Japanese pear developed from the three cultivars "Niitaka", "Hosui" and "Kosui". It is particularly sweet, with lots of juice. Its other characteristic is low acidity, making it easy to eat.
A pleasingly round shape, and a taut skin, are the proof that a Japanese nashi pear is ready to eat. The varieties of Japanese nashi pear that you can pick at Fukuda Green Farm in Ibaraki Prefecture are "Kosui" and "Hosui". They grow bathed in plenty of sunlight. The ones tinged with red are sweet and ripe for eating.
Ibaraki is the number one in Japan for cultivation area and volume of chestnuts harvested. The town of Kasama is known for "Chozokuri", which means "stored chestnuts". To bring out the sweetness of the chestnuts, the chestnuts are put into refrigerated storage to mature for a certain period. By doing this the sweetness of these chestnuts is two to three times sweeter than regular chestnuts.
Other varieties of chestnut include Tanzawa, Tsukuba, and Omine. Chestnut picking involves taking the nut out of the burr once it has fallen from the tree. At Yasuda Fruits farm in Ibaraki Prefecture, you need to pay for the chestnuts you pick and take them to cook at home, it isn't possible to eat them right there. However, you are given a present of about 100 g of boiled chestnuts when you visit. If it's possible to prepare the chestnuts where you are staying, why not pick some to try? They can be boiled, or cooked together with rice to make chestnut rice dishes, etc. They are exquisite when simmered as sweets.
Photographs provided by: Ichikoen, Fukuda Green Farm, Yasuda Fruits
This information is current as of July 16th, 2019. Information may be subject to change without notice. For further details and the latest information, please inquire directly to the relevant establishments.