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Fruit Picking in Ibaraki

As Japan’s second biggest producer of agricultural products, Ibaraki is heaven for fruit lovers with a number of farms and orchards open to visitors. In autumn, many of these places offer fruit picking experiences, giving you the opportunity to enjoy freshly picked seasonal fruit with your friends and family.

Note: The phone numbers provided will most likely only be able to handle queries in Japanese

Asian Pears (Nashi)

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Ibaraki is the number one producer of Asian pears in the Kanto region, and the number two producer of the kosui and hosui varieties nationwide. They are mainly grown in Kasumigaura, Ishioka, Chikusei, Shimotsuma, and Yachiyo. Asian pears have been grown in Ibaraki since the Edo Period, and it is one of the oldest production areas in Japan.

Where can I go Asian pear picking?

Mito

Late August – Late September
Mito-shi Kajuengei Kumiai Renraku Kyōgikai (029-243-9312)

Kasumigaura

Early August – Late October
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Tsuchiura

Mid August – Late September
Little Farm (029-862-3542)

Grapes

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Ibaraki’s vineyards are very popular for their fruit picking experiences. You can try your hand at harvesting a number of different varieties of delicious grapes between July and October, from Kyoho grapes to western varieties that can be eaten with the skin on.

Where can I go grape picking?

Hitachiota

Early September – Mid October
JA Hitachi Hitachiota Budō Bukai Jimukyoku (0294-70-3488)

Tokai

Late August – Early October
Shimizu Budō En (029-283-0278)

Hitachi

September
Nakazato Leisure Nōen (contact JA Hitachi Nakazato Branch, 0294-59-0101)
Orikasa Budō Kankō Nōen (contact JA Hitachi Hidaka Branch 0294-43-0321)

Naka

August
Kamigane Budō En (029-298-3963)

Ishioka

Early August – Mid October
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Kasumigaura

Late August – Mid October
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Apples

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Most of Ibaraki’s apples are produced in the cooler mountainous areas such as Daigo, and you can enjoy their crisp sweetness between September and November.

When and where can I go apple picking?

Daigo

Mid September – Late November
Okukuji Ringo no Mura
Okukuji Ringo no Furusato
Okukuji Ringo En
Okukuji Asakawa Ringo Danchi
Okukuji Shizen Kyūyō Mura
For more information, contact the Daigo Tourism Association 0295-72-0285

Hitachiomiya

Mid-Late September – Late November
Takamura Ringo En (0295-57-3775)
Sawayaka Kajuen (0295-57-2711)

Hitachi

Early September – Early December
Nakazato Leisure Nōen (contact JA Ibaraki Hitachi Nakazato Branch, 0294-59-0101)

Shirosato

Early October – Late November
Miyamoto Kankō Kajuen (029-289-3551)

Ishioka

Late September – Late November
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Ushiku

Mid September – Early December
Kankō Nōen Naganuma Ringo En (029-875-0592)

Persimmons

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Ibaraki is the northernmost area where persimmons can be grown. They are grown widely throughout Ibaraki though mainly in the south of the prefecture. The persimmons grown in the Yasato area in Ishioka have been gifted to the Imperial family since 1955, which speaks volumes about their delicious flavour.

Where can I go persimmon picking?

Ishioka

Early October – Late November
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Kasumigaura

Late September – Late November
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Tsuchiura

Mid October – Mid November
Little Farm (029-862-3542)

Melons

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Ibaraki is the number one producer of melons nationwide. The Earl’s Favourite variety is grown through summer and autumn mainly in Hokota, Yachiyo, and Ibarakimachi, and it comes into season during October. In Japan, melons are very popular as gifts.

Where can I go melon picking?

Sakuragawa

Early September – Early October
KEK Chokuei Iwase Nōjō (0296-76-0744)

Hokota

Early September – Late September/October
Sun Green Asahi (0291-37-4147)
Forest Park Melon no Mori (0291-33-5621)

Mandarins

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Mt. Tsukuba is said to the northernmost area for growing mandarins, and most of Ibaraki’s mandarin producers are located in that area. The Fukure mandarin from the foothills of Mt. Tsukuba is only 3cm in diameter and are known for their strong acidic flavour.

Where can I go mandarin picking?

Ishioka

Mid October – Late November
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Sakuragawa

Early November – Late December
Sakayori Mikan

Chestnuts

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Ibaraki is the number one producer of chestnuts nationwide, and Kasama, Kasumigaura, and Ishioka are the main production areas. Delicious when simply boiled, they take on a whole other level of tastiness when candied or simmered in their astringent skin.

Where can I go chestnut picking?

Kasumigaura

Early September – Late October
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Tsukuba

Late September – Early October
Ogawa Blueberry En (0291-37-4147)

Dried Sweet Potatoes

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Whilst not a fruit, sweet potatoes are a healthy food packed with vitamins and dietary fibre, and Ibaraki is one of Japan’s top producers. Hokota and Namegata are the main production areas. 97% of Japan’s dried sweet potato is produced in Ibaraki.

Where can I see dried sweet potato being made/go sweet potato picking?

Ishioka

Asahi Satoyama Gakkō (0299-51-3117)

Kasumigaura

Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Hokota

Forest Park Melon no Mori (029-133-5621)

Tokai

Hoshi-imo Kōbō (029-283-0278)

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One Day in Ibaraki

Fruit Picking in Ibaraki

As Japan’s second biggest producer of agricultural products, Ibaraki is heaven for fruit lovers with a number of farms and orchards open to visitors. In autumn, many of these places offer fruit picking experiences, giving you the opportunity to enjoy freshly picked seasonal fruit with your friends and family.
Note: The phone numbers provided will most likely only be able to handle queries in Japanese

Asian Pears (Nashi)

Ibaraki is the number one producer of Asian pears in the Kanto region, and the number two producer of the kosui and hosui varieties nationwide. They are mainly grown in Kasumigaura, Ishioka, Chikusei, Shimotsuma, and Yachiyo. Asian pears have been grown in Ibaraki since the Edo Period, and it is one of the oldest production areas in Japan.

Where can I go Asian pear picking?

Mito
Late August – Late September
Mito-shi Kajuengei Kumiai Renraku Kyōgikai (029-243-9312)

Shirosato
Late August – Mid September
Miyamoto Kankō Kajuen (029-289-3551)

Kasumigaura
Early August – Late October
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Tsuchiura
Mid August – Late September
Little Farm (029-862-3542)

Grapes

Ibaraki’s vineyards are very popular for their fruit picking experiences. You can try your hand at harvesting a number of different varieties of delicious grapes between July and October, from Kyoho grapes to western varieties that can be eaten with the skin on.

Where can I go grape picking?

Hitachiota
Early September – Mid October
JA Ibaraki Mizuho Hitachiota Budō Bukai Jimukyoku (0294-70-3488)

Tokai
Late August – Early October
Shimizu Budō En (029-283-0278)

Hitachi
September
Nakazato Leisure Nōen (contact JA Ibaraki Hitachi Nakazato Branch, 0294-59-0101)
Orikasa Budō Kankō Nōen (contact JA Ibaraki Hitachi Hidaka Branch 0294-42-4415)

Naka
Mid August – Late August
Kamigane Budō En (029-298-3963)

Mito
Early September – Late September
Mito-shi Kajuengei Kumiai Renraku Kyōgikai (029-243-9312)

Ishioka
Early August – Mid October
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Kasumigaura
Late August – Mid October
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Apples

Most of Ibaraki’s apples are produced in the cooler mountainous areas such as Daigo, and you can enjoy their crisp sweetness between September and November.
When and where can I go apple picking?

Daigo
Mid September – Late November
Okukuji Ringo no Mura
Okukuji Ringo no Furusato
Okukuji Ringo En
Okukuji Asakawa Ringo Danchi
Okukuji Shizen Kyūyō Mura
For more information, contact the Daigo Tourism Association 0295-72-0285

Hitachiomiya
Mid September – Late November
Takamura Ringo En (0295-57-3775)
Late September – Late November
Sawayaka Kajuen (0295-57-2711)

Hitachi
Early September – Early December
Nakazato Leisure Nōen (contact JA Ibaraki Hitachi Nakazato Branch, 0294-59-0101)

Mito
Early September – Early December
Mito-shi Kajuengei Kumiai Renraku Kyōgikai (029-243-9312)

Shirosato
Early October – Late November
Miyamoto Kankō Kajuen (029-289-3551)

Kasama
Late September – Late November
Fujieda Ringo En (0296-74-3060)

Ishioka
Late September – Late November
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Ushiku
Mid September – Early December
Kankō Nōen Naganuma Ringo En (029-875-0592)

Persimmons

Ibaraki is the northernmost area where persimmons can be grown. They are grown widely throughout Ibaraki though mainly in the south of the prefecture. The persimmons grown in the Yasato area in Ishioka have been gifted to the Imperial family since 1955, which speaks volumes about their delicious flavour.

Where can I go persimmon picking?

Ishioka
Late September – Late November
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Kasumigaura
Late September – Late November
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Tsuchiura
Mid October – Mid November
Little Farm (029-862-3542)

Melons

Ibaraki is the number one producer of melons nationwide. The Earl’s Favourite variety is grown through summer and autumn mainly in Hokota, Yachiyo, and Ibarakimachi, and it comes into season during October. In Japan, melons are very popular as gifts.

Where can I go melon picking?

Sakuragawa
Early September – Mid October
KEK Chokuei Iwase Nōjō (0296-76-0744)

Hokota
Early September – Early October
Sun Green Asahi (0291-37-4147)
Early September – Late October
Forest Park Melon no Mori (0291-33-5621)

Mandarins

Mt. Tsukuba is said to the northernmost area for growing mandarins, and most of Ibaraki’s mandarin producers are located in that area. The Fukure mandarin from the foothills of Mt. Tsukuba is only 3cm in diameter and are known for their strong acidic flavour.

Where can I go mandarin picking?

Ishioka
Mid October – Late November
Yasato Kankō Kaju Kumiai (0299-43-1111)

Sakuragawa
Early November – Late December
Sakayori Kankō Mikan Kumiai (0296-55-4330)

Tsukuba
Early November – Late December
Kessoku Mikan En (029-867-0688)

Chestnuts

Ibaraki is the number one producer of chestnuts nationwide, and Kasama, Kasumigaura, and Ishioka are the main production areas. Delicious when simply boiled, they take on a whole other level of tastiness when candied or simmered in their astringent skin.

Where can I go chestnut picking?

Kasumigaura
Early September – Late October
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Tsukuba
Late September – Early October
Ogawa Blueberry En (029-836-1312)

Dried Sweet Potatoes

Whilst not a fruit, sweet potatoes are a healthy food packed with vitamins and dietary fibre, and Ibaraki is one of Japan’s top producers. Hokota and Namegata are the main production areas. 97% of Japan’s dried sweet potato is produced in Ibaraki.
Where can I see dried sweet potato being made/go sweet potato picking?

Ishioka
Asahi Satoyama Gakkō (0299-51-3117)

Kasumigaura
Chiyoda Fruit Tree Tourist Association (0299-59-2116)

Shimotsuma
Beers Park Shimotsuma Fureai Taiken Nōjō (0296-30-5121)

Hokota
Forest Park Melon no Mori (029-133-5621)

Tokai
Hoshi-imo Kōbō (029-283-0278)

One Day in Ibaraki

Nashi-gari (Asian Pear Picking) in Ishioka

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Ishioka City has a flourishing agricultural industry, and is particularly famous for its fruit orchards. Like many orchards in Japan, Adachi Orchard in the Yasato area of Ishioka is family run. Mr. Adachi graciously allowed us to enter his orchards and pick a few Asian pears, which he sliced up for us to eat on the spot. The trees are inside a netted area to keep bugs away. A wire roof stretches over them, forcing them to grow outward rather than upward, making it easier to harvest the fruit. In a second orchard with a higher roof, however, Mr. Adachi has planted a number of trees in rows and is allowing them to grow upward. He keeps adding rows of trees on the outside as the inner rows grow. He told us that he does not know any other growers who are using this technique.

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According to Mr. Adachi, the Asian pear trees were planted by his parents, who used to use the land to grow tobacco. In fact, Yasato is one of Ibaraki’s tobacco-growing areas.

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Several types of Asian pear are grown at Adachi Orchard, including the popular Housui and Kousui varieties. Kousui pears ripen earlier and can be harvested from mid to late August. They are softer, juicier, and sweeter than many other varieties, but do not last for as long so need to eaten soon after harvesting. Housui pears are also sweet, but have a tartness that balances the flavour, giving them their distinct rich taste. They are slightly larger than Kousui pears, and while also very juicy, they last longer. Some of the trees in Adachi Orchard are spliced with cuttings from other trees, allowing more than one variety to grow on a single tree.

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I was surprised by how easy it was to pick the pears from the tree – all you had to do was twist the fruit slightly and tilt it upward, and it would break away from the branch.

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Adachi Orchard sells its fruit directly. They sort the fruit by weight using a machine.
If you are interested in fruit picking in the Yasato area, contact the Yasato Kankō Kajuen Kumiai (0299-43-1111).