The Apricot Harvest in Chikuma

July 3rd, 2009 by
Category: Experience, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics
Apricots on trees in Mori, Anzu no Sato

Apricots on trees in Mori, Anzu no Sato

Well, it is that time of the year again — the Apricot Harvest in Anzu no Sato!  Every year, around mid-June to mid-July, the apricot trees in Chikuma City’s Anzu no Sato are covered in orange, ripened apricots to be picked, packaged and sent out to supermarkets.

The families involved spend about two to three weeks picking the fruits all day long and go into the late evening (sometimes as late as 2 am!) sorting and packaging them for shipment to markets.

And with a lot of families in the area, finding people to help with the picking is a real challenge, especially during the weekdays.  But from what I am told, people in Anzu no Sato would probably welcome the help with the picking.  If you want to find out about picking apricots yourself, go to the Anzu no Sato Mori Tourism Center in Mori and ask.

To get there, drive along the Anzu Kaido road from central Chikuma City.  Veer right at the small Eneos station and then bear right again at the Suzuki motor shop.  After passing the Mori post office, the road will stop at a T-intersection.  Turn right and you’ll see the Tourism Center on the right, across from the small river running alongside the road.

Good luck!

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About Robert

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting Go! Nagano! I have been living in Nagano since 1999 and am now raising a family here. It is truly a great place to be! I am originally from Farmington, Connecticut in the United States of America. I went to college at New York University, majoring in Drama with a primary focus in production and promotion. I minored in music theory. I lived and worked in New York City for a while, but after a few years, I decided I had to get out, and I high-tailed it right out of the country. I literally went to the other side of the world, spending a year in a neighboring prefecture before finally settling down in Nagano. What I found so appealing about Nagano was the relaxed lifestyle and the abundance of natural beauty all around. As an avid hiker, I am always looking for new places to climb up and enjoy the view. And with four children, I am always looking for outdoor activities to do with the kids. In this blog, my hope is to inform future visitors about all the outdoor activites you can take part in around here, from hiking to family friendly activities or anything else going on. I hope you'll come and visit soon!

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