Grape U-Picking has started in Kamiyamada

September 4th, 2009 by
Category: Cuisine, Experience, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics

Kamiyamada’s Grape Season started today. One thing I really like about living here is the parade of fruits we get to enjoy. Apricots in June from nearby Mori, Kawanakajima’s famous peaches in July and August, grapes in September, Kogyoku and other early apples in October, and fuji apples in November. And we are blessed with numerous grape and apple orchards within a 5 minute drive of our inn here at Togura Kamiyamada Onsen. That means we get to talk with the growers directly, and hear all about how this year’s heavier-than-usual rain affected the harvest, new varieties, how the inoshishi wild boars are becoming more of a pest, and all kinds of things. Through talking with the growers, you get a sense of connection with the Earth.

Grower Ken-san checking out this year's grape crop

Grower Ken-san checking out this year's grape crop

Kamiyamada got hit by a hail storm in the early growing season. Yesterday I went to the Nakajima Orchard and saw firsthand how the tsugaru summer apples and the grapes were damaged by the hail. The damage is strictly cosmetic, and doesn’t affect thet taste at all (which, by the way, is fantastic!).

Kamiyamda U-Pick Grape Info:

Nakajima Orchard

Nakajima Orchard's Sign

Nakajima Orchard's Sign

Arayama area
Tel (090)4461-4091 (Ken-san)
Hours: 9am – 5pm (Call ahead)
Varieties: Kohyo (purple), Ouka (green), Shinano Smile (red)
Season: 03-Sept. to 27-Sept.
Orchard Entrance Fee: 1000 yen (incl. 1kg grapes to take with you) OR U-Pick 750 yen per kg (less for hail damage grapes)

Crown Orchard
Tel/Fax (026)275-0929; cell (090)9357-9565 Fujita-san
Varieties/Season: Kohyo (mid-Sept. ’til early-Oct.), Shinano Smile (late Sept. ’til mid-Oct.)
Orchard Entrance Fee: 500 yen (incl. 1 bunch of grapes to take with you)
Note: Crown Orchard uses minimal pesticides and practices organic growing methods.
Note: English and German spoken

'Ouka', 'Shinano Smile' and 'Kyoho' Grapes

'Ouka', 'Shinano Smile' and 'Kyoho' Grapes

Come and get in touch with nature by picking grapes in Kamiyamada!

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