These Orchards in Japan Are Perfect for Fruit Picking This Autumn
Personally picked fruits definitely taste better.
Fruit picking is always an exciting activity during the fall season since you have a variety of fruits to choose from. These include grapes, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, and even kiwis. However, in this article, we chose to skip the classics and introduce the farms where you can pick unique finds like chestnuts, oranges, mushrooms, and figs. Here are 11 orchards in the Kanto region where you can harvest freshly picked fruits.
The longer you leave these roasted chestnuts, the sweeter they become.
Chestnuts of Fukuda Green Orchard, Ibaraki
You can try 8 different kinds of roasted chestnuts here!
The type of chestnuts vary depending on the time of the year. In early September, you will see Tanzawa and Porotan, along with other famous ones like Rihei and Ginyose. Late bloomers are harvested by the end of the season namely Ishizuchi and Ganne. Picked chestnuts are priced according to its weight. You can even try and have a taste of roasted chestnuts made from a special machine. The famed roasted chestnuts which get sweeter the longer they have been left roasting, are sold in direct sale stores for ￥500 per 200 grams.
Aside from gathering chestnuts, BBQ with sticky rice and chestnuts is available on their menu. This is reserved prior to visiting. Pear and persimmon picking are also offered in the orchard. Choose among these activities while you enjoy and relax during the day in tranquil suburbs. The orchard was also built in a universal design in mind that would make it accessible to people regardless of age, disability, or other factors.
Fukuda Green Orchard is located at 777 Shimosaya, Kasumigaura City, Ibaraki Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance fee costs ￥540 for JHS students and older, ￥432 for elementary students, and ￥324 for 3 years old to preschoolers. You may contact them at +81-299-59-3251. It is a 5-minute walk from Shimosaya, a bus stop 40 minutes away from Tsuchiura Station by Kantetsu Green Bus.
Chestnuts of Taira Orchard, Saitama
Chestnuts in amazing sizes.
Taira Orchard offers a variety of activities to do such as gathering chestnuts, dining at a restaurant where you can enjoy original dishes made with local vegetables, gathering with your friends over a BBQ set, and learn how to make pizza by brick oven. To ensure safety while gathering chestnuts, bring your own rubber gloves, a hat, boots, and tongs to pick them. The orchard may close earlier than scheduled once they run out of chestnuts so it is advised to call the facility before hand prior to visiting.
Taira Orchard is located at 54-2 Inoue, Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily except Tuesdays (following day if holiday). Entrance fee costs ￥600 for elementary students and older, ￥200 for children below elementary level; taking home picked chestnuts costs ￥800 per kg. You may contact them at +81-42-978-0327. It is a 15-minute walk from Higashi-Agano Station.
Oranges of Chikura Orange Center, Chiba
Orange garden on a hill by the sea.
In Chikura Orange Center you can harvest Satsuma mandarin until the winter. Meanwhile, citrus types such as Amanatsu can be harvested from winter to spring. Although the taste and size of fruits differ from each tree, generally, sweet and juicy oranges are grown with abundant sunlight and moderate sea breeze. Compare these fruits from one another and pick a personal favorite! The garden is also connected to a campsite so you might want to consider camping too.
Chikura Orange Center is located at 1494 Chikuracho Kubo, Minamiboso City, Chiba Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Entrance fee (all-you-can-eat included) costs ￥400 for JHS students and older, and ￥300 for 3 years old to elementary students. You may contact them at +81-470-44-0780. It is a 5-minute taxi ride from Chikura Station.
Oranges of Usui Farm, Tokyo
The bright yellowish color of the oranges contrast the blue sky.
This farm is situated on a sunny hill with a picturesque view of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. There is an all-you-can-eat orange farm in this farm with around 300 trees cultivated within the 3,000 square meter land. These oranges are blessed with the perfect balance between sweet and sour due to the abundant sunlight. After having enough of these delicious oranges, you can buy some to take home to your family!
Usui Farm is located at 1934 Ishihata, Mizuhomachi, Nishitama District, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance fee (all-you-can-eat included) costs ￥400 for elementary students and older, ￥300 for toddlers, taking home picked oranges costs ￥300 per kg. You may contact them at +81-42-557-1897. It is a 15-minute walk from Hakonegasaki Station.
Persimmon of Sanpoen, Ibaraki
Compare the taste of assorted persimmon.
Enjoy picking fruits in the vast woodland at Sanpoen by the foot of Mt. Tsukuba, a famous mountain in the Kanto region. Three kinds of persimmon are cultivated in this farm, including the refreshing Nishimurawase that leaves a light aftertaste, and the juicy Fuyu that melts in your mouth. Flavor varies depending on the type of fruit so try them all and find what you like and best suits your taste.
Sanpoen is located at 1765-11 Obata, Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Entrance fee (all-you-can-eat included) costs ￥500 for JHS students & above, ￥400 for 4 years old to elementary students, taking home picked persimmon costs ￥500 to￥700 per kg. You may contact them at +81-299-42-3935. It is a 10-minute walk from Hosouchihashi, a bus stop 40 minutes away from Ishioka Station by Kantetsu bus or a 5-minute walk from Jusanzuka Kajudanchi, a bus stop 40 minutes away by Tourism Association Gururin bus (operates on weekends and Japanese holidays from September to November only).
Melon of Melon no Mori, Ibaraki
The high quality muskmelon available for picking.
Ibaraki Prefecture is Japan’s largest producer of melons, with Hokota City deemed as the place with the most delicious melon. Try some ripe melon, and take home those you have personally harvested. Ripe melon ice cream is also popular so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity of trying this delicious treat. Moreover, you can have a Hitachi beef BBQ party in a grove without having to bring anything. You can enjoy not only Ibaraki’s fruits, but also its meat products.
Melon no Mori is located at 1623-1 Anbo, Hokota City, Ibaraki Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Entrance fee (tasting and take home included) starts from ￥3,200. You may contact them at +81-291-33-2858. It is 5-minute taxi ride from Shin-Hokota Station. ※Free shuttle service is available by making a reservation ahead of time.
Kiwi of Berry Cottage, Tokyo
Original kiwi sweets are also being sold in the area.
Pick kiwis that are organically cultivated with no chemical fertilizers in Berry Cottage. Handmade juice and cakes with fresh fruity pulp are also popular in this farm. People line up for the kiwi sweets being given away at the Canadian log house-inspired resting area. The farm closes once they run out of fruits, so it is best to call them in advance before going.
Berry Cottage is located at 2-11-5 Shinmachi, Ome City, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays (closed during weekdays). Taking home picked kiwi starts from ￥600 per kg. You may contact them at +81-428-31-3810. It is a 15-minute walk from Ozaku Station.
Sweet potato of Arahata Farm, Saitama
You can cook the harvested sweet potatoes in the farm.
Arahata Farm is a cozy, family-run farm in the relaxing suburbs of Kawagoe City. They grow Beniazuma, Kawagoe City’s sweet potato brand that is said to be sweeter than chestnuts. Its distinct shape and its warm, soft, and crumbly texture is what makes it different from other sweet potatoes. Furthermore, you can cook your harvested sweet potatoes in the farm. Just make sure to have a reservation beforehand, so they can prepare pots, iron plates, and even steaming baskets for you.
Arahata Farm is located at 6-12-33 Minamiotsuka, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (schedules may vary due to weather). Taking home pulled sweet potatoes costs ￥1,000 per 7 root bundles. You may contact them at +81-49-243-3895. It is a 15-minute walk from Minamiotsuka Station.
Fig of Tateyama Pioneer Farm, Chiba
See the difference between regular figs and rare kinds of figs.
This farm in Chiba Prefecture grows different kinds of figs without using any chemical fertilizers or chemically synthesized pesticides. You can try and compare each kind of fig so you can tell how they differ in taste. The adjacent shop sells parfaits and ice cream using generous amounts of fresh figs.
Tateyama Pioneer Farm is located at 441 Masaki, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture (423 Masaki in car navigation systems) and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Thursdays. Taste testing and picking (5 pcs.) costs ￥1,100. You may contact them at +81-470-29-7209. It is a 15-minute taxi ride from Tateyama Station.
Mushroom of Uchinuma Mushroom Farm, Tokyo
Learn more about the log cultivation method.
Mushrooms are grown using logs and are cultivated with traditional techniques without the use of chemicals in Uchinuma Mushroom Farm. To know which ones are mature enough to pick, look for the mushrooms with the cap that is more than 80% open. When gathering them, take as much as you can and store them in the freezer as what the regulars do. After mushroom picking, enjoy a light meal at the nearby café, or grill some mushrooms at the charcoal-grilling corner until you are full and satisfied.
Uchinuma Mushroom Farm is located at 1-90 Nariki, Ome City, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. Entrance fee costs ￥200 for JHS and older , ￥100 for elementary students; taking home picked mushrooms costs ￥320 per 100 g. (prices may vary). You may contact them at +81-428-74-4528. It is a 5-minute walk from Nariki Itchome Yotsukado, a bus stop 30 minutes away from Higashi-Ome Station by city bus.
Peanuts of Koyama Farm, Chiba
Experience nature firsthand.
Koyama Farm is a tourist farm that is part of a leisure facility complex where you can enjoy nature activities and harvest in undeveloped woodlands. Aside from digging peanuts out which is a famous activity in Chiba, harvesting of sweet potatoes and taros, are among other fall products that are available. Huge Chiba peanuts can be as heavy as one kg per root bundle, so you may have to exert a lot of force in pulling them out. Hold them with your both your hands and get some dirt on your clothes while you enjoy being surrounded by nature.
Koyama Farm is located at 151 Toyomi, Narita City, Chiba Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance fee costs ￥300, taking home ground peanuts costs ￥300 per root bundle. You may contact them at +81-476-32-0428. It is a 3-minute walk from Toyomi Kyoei, a bus stop 20 minutes away from Narita Station and Keisei Narita Station by Chiba Kotsu Bus.
Fall is definitely a good season for harvesting food. But eating the food you personally harvested with your own hands will surely taste better. This year, invite your family or friends, and have fun tasting and gathering different kinds of fruits and other products this fall season in Japan.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (20 September 2019)