These Are the Best Times to Go Fruit-Picking in Japan

You'll have to time your visit right!

In Japan, the new season doesn’t just signal a change in wardrobe, but also the beginning of fruit-picking season, an activity that has become hugely popular in tour itineraries in recent years. Since the fruits differ every season, there is a variety of flavors throughout the year. Below, we list down some of the fruits to look forward to when you visit Japan.

Strawberries (December to May)

Little known to people, Japan produces different varieties of strawberries that have become so famous they reached brand status. These strawberries vary in size and sweetness.
Amaou is the most popular out of all of them because of its high sugar concentration and moderately sour taste. Here’s a bit of trivia: Amaou is actually named as such because of its characteristics: amai (sweet), marui (round), ookii (big) and umai (delicious).

Other popular brands include
Benihoppe, known for its juiciness and rich taste, and Sagahonoka, which has a high sugar concentration and a very sweet taste.

You can experience strawberry picking from the beginning of winter until the end of spring in Japan. Many farms offer a 30-minute all-you-can-eat strawberry feast, which would normally cost you around ¥1,500 to ¥3,000, depending on the strawberry type and farm location.

Japanese Cherries (May to July)

Part of what makes cherries a rare fruit in Southeast Asian countries is the kind of environment it requires to thrive. Luckily, Japan usually enjoys cold weather during the early summer season (end of May), which allows these cherries to grow in abundance. Japanese cherries are unique in their own special ways. For one, they tend to be plump and tart as opposed to the cherries found in America, which are crisp and sweet.

Credit: Photo by Yamanashi Tourism Organization

You can go cherry-picking from the end of May until mid-July around the Tohoku area. For 40 minutes, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat cherries starting at a price of ¥2,000. However, note that the price varies per location.

Grapes (August to November)

Just like strawberries, Japan also has different types of grapes that you can try. The kind of grapes are the
Kyoho grapes, whose skin peels easily off the fruit. Another popular variety are the Muscat grapes, which have a crisp skin. The Delaware grapes, too, are definitely a must-try as they have a mouthwatering sweet and sour taste. Tiny and delicate, they easily burst out of their peel.

Credit: Photo by Yamanashi Tourism Organization


The peak season for grapes is from August to October. Grape-picking activities start at a price of ¥1,000. While grape types differ per location, you’re guaranteed to at least encounter two or more of each kind in every farm.

Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (23 January 2019)

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