Apple season has officially started here in Nagano Prefecture. Deep-red ‘akibae’ and shiny-yellow ‘Shinano gold’, tangy ‘Shinano sweet’ and tangy classics like ‘kogyoku’, these early-season varieties will continue through October before transitioning to fuji’s in November.
Tobita-san from Crown Farm dropped off some first-pick apples for us. His orchard is only 5 minutes by car (15 minutes by bicycle) from Onsen Town Togura-Kamiyamada. They offer all-you-can-eat picking, as well as tasting.
Nothing beats the sweetness of a freshly-picked Nagano apple.