Since I came to Japan, I realized fruit-picking is one of the most be loved outdoors activities on the weekend by Japanese people, and great for families especially with small children. Also, various gardens around Japan offer fruit-picking experiences by weight, or all-you-can-eat for a fixed amount of time depends on the fruit. Therefore, it’d be unforgettable experiences for your trip in Japan, especially in Tokyo, the capital as well as the most crowded place in Japan!
Fruit-picking in divided follows seasonal fruits available in Japan. The fruits you can pick in Spring and Summer, Autumn and Winter are different. Jot down the schedule available fruits for fruit picking and enjoy them when coming to Japan: from December to May: strawberries, sweet summer orange from February to May, cherry from May to July, from June to August are peach and blueberry, from August to October is grape, from September to November are apple and chestnut, especially in October and November are pear and persimmons, finally, mandarin orange from October to January.
I’d introduce two orchards for fruit-picking in Tokyo, Mizuta-en and Berry Cottage! Let’s check out.
Mizuta-en in Higashimurayama City
The fruit-picking garden Mizuta-en, located in Higashimurayama-shi, accepts visitors for picking fruits since 2013. To receive the offers for the chance to harvest your own delicacies right here in Tokyo, what are you waiting for? Especially The fruits in Mizuta-en are seasonal hence you can come to the garden any time of the year, as different varieties of pear will be ready for harvest depending on the timing.
Starting in Spring and Summer, from January to May, strawberries will have fine balance of sweetness and tartness, in June, Cherries with its bright red skin, also expensive if you buy them in pack in super-market, and a carton can cost up to 10,000 yen.
From mid-June to mid-September, Hakuto is the best variety of peach with its juicy white flesh and sweetness. Also, the garden has chestnut picking in September and for persimmon picking in November.
For Autumn and Winter, apples, with beautiful bright red skin, juicy, sweet and crisp flesh are ready for you to harvest. At the end of October to November, grapes are the best choice!
3-23-8 Onta-cho, Higashimurayama-shi, Tokyo.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ; irregular closing days
From Seibu Shinjuku Line Kumegawa Station, take Seibu Bus for Kiyose Station / Shin-Akitsu Station / Tokorozawa Station, drop off at Mukodai (5-min. walk to the orchard from there)
Berry Cottage in Ome City
Different from Mizuta-en, Berry Cottage, located in Ome-shi, opens for kiwi fruit picking on weekends starting in late October. It offers varieties including the sensation kiwi, looks like an apple but extremely sweet; and the Koshin, known as the normal kiwi, which is has oval shape and a star-shaped red ring in the center.
2-11-5 Shinmachi, Ome-shi, Tokyo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
12-min. walk from JR Ome Line Ozaku Station
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