Autumn Is The Perfect Time To Visit These Apple Orchards In Japan
Enjoy sweet and delicious apples you handpicked yourself!
Japan is a popular tourist destination, especially in the springtime. But the fall season is just as beautiful if you know where to go! Autumn brings an array of fruits ready for harvesting—from grapes, apples, pears to sweet potatoes and even kiwis. Among these, the highlight between September to October is the apples. Here, we introduce five places in Japan where you can go picking and taste fresh, juicy apples to your heart’s content!
Kuroda Ringo Orchard (Fukuroda, Ibaraki) - early September to early December
You’ll be surprised by the sweetness of rare apples ripened from the tree.
Okukuji Apples are rarely seen in the market because they’re ripened on the tree. Kuroda Apple Orchard is the pioneer of this technique with around 75 years of history. Pick and take home apples that are guaranteed good quality. After winning the top prize at the Fuji Product Fair for three consecutive years, it is sure to be one of the best apples to take home. Once you enter, there is an all-you-can-eat of apples at the break room.
During October, a wide variety of apples are harvested, such as Yoko, Mutsu, Kogyoku (Jonathan), Hokuto, and two others, which makes taste testing fun by comparing each apple of its kind. By November, Fuji apples with watercore will be available. After enjoying the apples, take home some handmade apple jam as a souvenir.
Kuroda Apple Orchard is located at 4445 Konamase, Daigocho, Kuji District, Ibaraki Prefecture and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Entrance fee (tasting included) costs ￥400 for JHS & above and ￥300 for three years old to elementary level. Take home of picked fruits costs ￥650/kg. You may contact them at +81-295-76-0327. It’s a 10-minute taxi ride from Fukuroda Station.
Takizawa Ringo Orchard (Numata, Gunma) - mid-September to around November 23
Spend your special weekend getaway in an apple orchard.
At 520 meters above sea level, the temperature in Numata fluctuates during the day so instead of using chemical fertilizers, Takizawa Apple Orchard grows apples using organic fertilizers. They also offer picnic sets (with additional fees) you can use to relax under the trees for as long as you want. Original apple treats are also a must-try!
Takizawa Apple Orchard is located at 255 Shirasawamachi Kamikokobu, Numata City, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Entrance fees (all-you-can-eat included) costs ￥400 for JHS & above and ￥300 for three years old to elementary level. You may contact them at +81-278-53-2807 or +81-278-23-6789 at night and off-season. It’s a 20-minute bus ride from Numata Station or a one-minute walk from the Ipponmatsu bus stop.
Tamura Apple Orchard (Numata, Gunma) - early September to late November
Thirty types of ripe apples are cultivated here.
Enjoy apple picking while being surrounded by clean, crisp air at Tamura Apple Orchard. Tucked away in the farthest parts of Numata, try to choose a favorite among the more than 30 kinds of apples that comes and goes with the seasons. Their apples are larger than the regular ones you can find in the market, so if you want to try different kinds, you might have to share them with your friends.
Tamura Apple Orchard is located at 1093 Sayamamachi, Numata City, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Entrance fees (tasting included) costs ￥500 for JHS & above and ￥400 for three years old to elementary level. Take home of picked fruits costs ￥550/kg. You may contact them at +81-278-23-9335. It’s a 30-minute bus* ride from Numata Station or a 1-minute walk from Sawaura. *Buses not available on weekends and Japanese holidays.
Watanabe Ringo Orchard (Yaita, Tochigi) - early October to end of November
Find out how naturally cultivated apples taste like!
Watanabe Apple Orchard practices natural farming, in which they only use handmade compost and the least possible amount of pesticide. Pick the ones with the rough surfaces, instead of the smooth, shiny apples because they’re sweeter and definitely more delicious. Once you’re full with the all-you-can-eat session, take home some apple chips and other homemade apple treats.
Watanabe Apple Orchard is located at 910 Nagai, Yaita City, Tochigi Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Mondays. Entrance fees (tasting included) costs ￥300 for elementary level & above, one-hour all-you-can-eat costs ￥500 for elementary level & above. You may contact them at +81-287-43-8552. It’s a 10-minute taxi ride from Yaita Station.
Aramaki Ringo Orchard (Utsunomiya, Tochigi) - early September to late November
Sweet apples are grown with the original method of cultivation.
To allow the sunlight to reach each fruit, Aramaki Apple Orchard uses the slender spindle method. Since they use their own cultivation method, their apple trees are taller than the usual. Those who are afraid of heights should ask help from the staff. The apples are surprisingly sweeter because of their exposure to sunlight.
Aramaki Apple Orchard is located at 416 Ishinadamachi, Utsunomiya City, Gunma Prefecture and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Take home of picked fruits costs ￥540/kg. You may contact them at +81-28-669-2528. It’s a 40-minute bus ride from Utsunomiya Station or a 3-minute walk from the Sakakisato bus stop.
Fruits are more delicious during the autumn season, especially those you handpicked yourself. This year, take your family and friends to an apple orchard and enjoy fruit picking.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (4 September 2019)