Fruit in Season from Summer to Autumn! Fruit picking spots in the kingdom of fruit - Tohoku
Japanese fruits are high in quality and are also very popular in Malaysia. Fruit picking experiences where such fruits can be harvested and even eaten on the spot are among the popular experiences in Japan. This time, we will introduce fruit picking spots with assistance available for foreigners that can only be found in Tohoku region, which is a popular fruit production area for tasty local fruits such as apples and peaches. We will also introduce some cafes and restaurants in the facilities as well as recommended souvenirs!
Tohoku - a fruit kingdom known for the production of peaches, apples, & La France pears
There is a lot of fresh fruits in the Tohoku region, such as Yamagata cherries and Aomori apples. The best part is that their sweetness is higher due to the temperature fluctuations during the day! There are also many tourist farms where fruits can be picked when they are in season.
(1) Pick the in-season apples in the city of apples!
"Hirosaki Apple Park” (Aomori Prefecture)
Hirosaki Apple Park is a park with approximately 2,300 apple trees of 80 species in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, which is known for its production of apples. At the educational experience garden, you can try flower picking, fruit thinning, fruit picking from the beginning of August to the beginning of November.
First timers can rest assured that the staff will show you how to differentiate and select delicious apples during the apple picking experience. The fact that they sell apples over the counter throughout the year regardless of the season is an attractive point of this part too!
Fruit picking Information
A little extra tip
"Ringo no ie" (Apple House) sells about 1,200 kinds of products focusing on apples. There is also an area for having light meals, serving original dishes made using apples, so it really is a facility that is dedicated to apples! The shops are also duty free, another foreign-visitor friendly point!
(2) The largest tourist orchard in Yamagata! A cute parfait that looks fabulous on social media!
"OHSYO Fruits Farm" (Yamagata Prefecture)
"OHSYO Orchard" is a tourist orchard where fruits such as cherries, grapes, peaches and apples can be harvested. The cultivated area measures approximately 9.8 hectares, with around 1,000 cherry trees, which is a vast area, and cherries can be harvested for a long period (from mid-May to mid-July).
This sightseeing orchard in Tendo City is the only cherry greenhouse in Yamagata Prefecture that grows delicious cherries such as Sato Nishiki and Beni Shuho. There are many choices of harvesting plans; In addition to the standard plan (30 minutes all-you-can-eat in the garden) for 1,980 yen, there is a VIP cherry picking plan (Sato Nishiki and more) for 3,300 yen as well as special plans where you can get souvenirs, enjoy all-you-can-eat, have soft serve ice cream, take a dip in the hot springs, and more. From early August, peaches and grapes can be picked, and from early October, apples can be picked.
* Cherry picking in 2021 starts from June 19th and runs to July 4th.
A little extra tip
At the designer shop and cafe "oh!show!cafe", which is open only during the harvesting period, it serves original soft cream made using the flesh and juice of cherries, and seasonal fruit parfait made with cherries limited to the mid-May to mid-July period.
* As of June 2021, the hours specified in brackets are the current business hours to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) & the facility will be closed on Wednesdays.
(3) Harvest seasonal fruits & experience making Japanese confectionery
"Gaburi Garden" (Fukushima Prefecture)
"Gaburi Garden" in Fukushima Prefecture is a place where many fruits such as strawberries, cherries, peaches, melons, grapes, prunes, and apples are cultivated, and the harvesting of different fruits can be experienced depending on the season. In early summer, seven types of cherries (the varieties that can be enjoyed vary depending on the season) can be harvested (for 1,320 yen), with the focus being on the king of cherries, "Sato Nishiki”.
In summer, you can pick seasonal peaches, mainly Hakuho, Akatsuki, and nectarine for just 1,100 yen. Prunes, grapes and apples available from autumn to late autumn are also recommended.