Southern Nagano’s “Fruits Kingdom” and other Wonders

October 2nd, 2009 by
Category: Information

Nagano Inbound Summit’s September Small Meeting took place the other day. Myself and several other of your Nagano Inb0und Ambassadors were graciously hosted by Arai-san of Minami Shinshu Kanko Kousha, in Iida City, the leading city of southern Nagano. Highlights are as follows:

*Lunch at Rakuchinbo, a working farm minshuku. The proprietress, Hara-san, provides guests an opportunity to help out in the fields and even prepare dinner using the farm’s produce, a system called “Minpaku”. Thanks to Hara-san and the other 140+ Minpaku farms, southern Nagano went from a “There’s nothing there” mentality to having a waiting list for middle schools wanting to take study trips to the area.

Minshuku "Rakuchinbo" in Iida.  Note the coverd areas for drying persimmons.

Minshuku "Rakuchinbo" in Iida. Note the coverd areas for drying persimmons.

*Tour of Sanwa Kanko Noen, a blueberry and apple orchard set up to provide busloads of tourists a chance to pick fresh fruit while enjoying Nagano’s nature with the Southern Alps as a backdrop. The Sanwa farm is one of the reasons Southern Nagano has become known as a Fruits Kingdom, especially popular with East Asia.

Picking Apples at Sanwa Farm with the Alps in the background

Picking Apples at Sanwa Farm with the Alps in the background

*Overview of the Tenryu River boat tours. The Tenryu Line Kudari is especially convenient, with easy access by train, and features a liesurely boatride down the picturesque Tenryu River Gorge. In a few weeks, the gorge will be at its prime with the fall colors.

Idyllic Tenryu River Gorge

Idyllic Tenryu River Gorge

Nagano Prefecture stretches over 180 kilometers from north to south. As I am based in the north, it was refreshing to get to see the beauty and attractiveness of Southern Nagano.

Click here for Minami Shinshu Kanko Kosha’s website, with info on the Minpaku program.

Click here for the website of Sanwa Farm

Click here for the website of Tenryu Line Kudari boatride.

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