We Know Where You Can Enjoy Freshly Picked Kyoho Grapes in Japan
Autumn season is the best time to pick grapes.
Seasonal fruits such as grapes, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, and kiwi are available once autumn season rolls around. We found seven spots in Kanto where you can enjoy freshly picked Kyoho grape and Muscat as much as you like.
“The King of Grapes” Shine Muscat / Chichibu Fruit Farm (Saitama/Seibu Chichibu)
Chichibu Fruit Farm (Saitama/Seibu Chichibu) Term: from mid-August to mid-October
Picking Shine Muscat makes you smile.
Chichibu Fruit Farm is a general tourism farm located in Shimokagemori, Chichibu City, which is rich in nature. Fruits grown without chemical fertilizers and grown using organic special cultivation methods are known to be rich, juicy, and sweet.
What we want to emphasize here is that you can enjoy Shine Muscat called “The King of Grapes” as much as you want. The harvest time is usually from late September to early November. There are varieties that can be eaten with their skin and without seeds, so even small children can easily eat them. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, a set with stone-roasted barbecue that requires reservation is popular.
Fruit picking details: A 30-minute all-you-can-eat from ¥1,000 to ¥2,500 (depending on variety). Varieties are Himrod Seedless Grape and Shine Muscat. Walk-in is accepted. Strawberry picking opens from mid-December to mid-May.
Chichibu Fruit Farm is located at 877-1 Shimokagemori, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily (the store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). You may contact them at +81-494-23-2711. It is a 5-minute drive from Seibu Chichibu Station.
Wado Budoen (Saitma/Wadokuroya) Term: from mid-August to early-October
Enjoy grape picking in one minute from the station
Wado Budoen is a spot where you can fully enjoy grape picking, one minute from the station. The grapes grown with homemade fertilizer are sweet and very fresh. There are 15 to 20 varieties including high-end varieties. Depending on the season, some varieties can be enjoyed by a buy-out system. In addition, the local gelato and Yogan-yaki grilled lunches (reservation required) at the restaurant are popular. Enjoy those together with grape picking.
Fruit picking details: A 30-minute all-you-can-eat of Himrod for ¥1,000 and Kyoho grape types for ¥1,300 (half price for preschoolers and free for under two years). Varieties are Himrod Seedless Grape, Kyoho grape types (depending on the season). Walk-in is accepted.
Wado Budoen is located at 320 Kuroya, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-494-24-0250. It is a 1-minute walk from Wadokuroya Station on the Chichibu Railway.
Fruits Park Hisamatsu Noen (Ibaraki, Tsuchiura City) Term: from mid-August to mid-October
Enjoy pears and persimmon picking with grapes
Fruits Park Hisamatsu Noen is a homely farm that values the family atmosphere with the motto of “Farming and Healing.” The harvest seasons overlap, so you can enjoy pear picking and Japanese persimmon picking along with grape picking. Non-standard products can be purchased at a reasonable price from a nearby store. Enjoy the taste of the season even after you’ve gone back home.
Fruit picking details: Unlimited time all-you-can-eat ¥972 for students that are junior high school and above, ¥648 for students from three years old to elementary students. Variety is Kyoho grape. Walk-in is accepted. Pear picking is from early August to mid-October. Japanese persimmon picking is from early August to late November.
Fruits Park Hisamatsu Noen is located at 885 Shimosaya, Kasumigaura City, Ibaraki Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-90-4019-9898. It is about a 1-minute walk from Shimosaya bus stop, after about a 25-minute bus ride (Kanto Railway Bus) from Tsuchiura Station.
Takanoha Budoen (Gunma, Shibukawa City) Term: from early August to mid-October
Twenty kinds of grapes are grown during the period
Starting from Delaware in early August, about 20 varieties such as Kyoho, Pione, and Fujiminori can be enjoyed once the season changes. Try it and if you like it, take it off and buy it. It is also recommended to spend the lunch you bring on the table set under the grape.
Fruit picking details: Entrance fee (including tasting) is ¥500. During the Delaware season, the entrance fee is ¥300 for students that are junior high school and above, and ¥250 for those from three years old to elementary students. Varieties are about 20 kinds such as Delaware, Kyoho grape, Pione, Aki Queen, and Gorby.
Takanoha Budoen is located at 763-15 Ogura, Yoshiokamachi, Kita Gunma District, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 8 a.m. to around 6 p.m. daily. It is about a 15-minute walk from Kaminoda bus stop, after about a 20-minute bus ride (Gunma Bus) from Shibukawa Station. You may contact them at +81-279-54-0078.
Banpouen (Tochigi, Ohira) Term: ongoing until early October
Boasting homemade drinks and sweets using fresh grapes
Banpouen is a popular farm located in the abundant nature at the foot of Mount Ohira. In addition to grape picking, you can enjoy activities such as fishing and insect collecting in the vast park. About 20 kinds of grapes are sold and shipped to other areas for souvenirs. You can also enjoy handmade grape shaved ice and frappe there. Hand-squeezed Kyoho grape juice is also popular.
Fruit picking details: Entrance fee is free, a buy-out system: ¥700 to ¥1,200/kg (depending on grown outdoors and varieties). Varieties are Kyoho grape, Shine Muscat, Pione, Delaware, and Queen Nina. Walk-in is accepted.
Banpouen is located at 1837 Tomida, Ohiramachi, Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It is a 5-minute walk from Ohira Station. You may contact them at +81-282-43-2133.
Autumn is a delicious season for fruits. Above all, the fresh fruits harvested by your own hands are exceptional. This autumn season, go out with your family and friends and enjoy grape picking as much as you like. You won’t regret it!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (1 September 2019)