Craving Fruit? Enjoy Fruit Picking at These 4 Lovely Farms in Hokkaido

  • There are so many interesting activities to do in Japan and one of them is fruit picking in a farm. Surprisingly, fruits in the country are a bit expensive. This makes fruit picking activities very popular as visitors do not only enjoy picking fruits but also taking them home or even eating them on the spot. The most popular place for fruit picking is Hokkaido (北海道) as it is abundant in nature and fertile soil. Here are four recommended fruit picking places for you to check out in the area!

    1. Sakuranbo Yama Kankou Nouen (さくらんぼ山観光農園)

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    This is a 20-hectare garden with over 4,000 cherry trees. It is a fun place to go fruit picking as their cherries come in a large variety, making it exciting to eat them. Apart from this, there are also certain seasons which allow visitors to pick apricots and plums.

    If you want to pick as many cherries as you can, the best time to do so is from mid-June to early August. You are also allowed to take home 100 grams of cherries as a souvenir.

    Sakuranbo Yama Kankou Nouen Website *Japanese only

    2. Jozankei Farm (定山渓ファーム)

    This farm is a paradise for fishing and fruit picking activities. Some of the fruits you can pick are strawberries, cherries, and grapes. The best time to pick strawberries is June, followed by cherries and grapes. Their seasonal fruit picking activity lasts until early November.

    The farm has a wide path, enough to accommodate several visitors who want to pick fruits in one visit. You can also stroll around the place and have a meal at the log house where you can eat rice bowls or grilled dishes like “jingisukan (ジンギスカン).”

    The entrance fee here is 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for children. If you want to eat fruits while picking them, you’ll have to pay about 1,300 yen per adult and 1,000 yen per child depending on the kind of fruit.

    Jozankei Farm Website *Automatic translation available

    3. Sunberry Muraoka (サンベリーむらおか)

    If you’re a blueberry fan, then you better check out Sunberry Muraoka, which is also a spectacular garden with flowers. It is not just a popular place during summer but all throughout the different seasons. The best time to pick fruits is from late July to early September so you better take note of it.

    The entrance fee is 500 yen which includes an all-you-can-eat system for an unlimited time. Besides having great nature surrounding the place, you can also find adorable cats roaming around.

    Sunberry Muraoka Website *Japanese only

    4. Yamamoto Sightseeing Orchard (山本観光果樹園)

    Find fresh fruits nurtured in beautiful nature at the Yamamoto Sightseeing Orchard. Here, you can also eat all the fruits you picked with no time restriction. Enjoy strawberry and cherry picking from June to August annually. You can also pick plums and peaches from August to October, while grapes, apples, chestnuts, and pears can be picked from September to October.

    If you want to grab a quick bite, you may have a meal at the rest house as they serve mutton barbecue (1,260 yen), apple pie (290 yen), and teppanyaki (2,700 yen).

    Yamamoto Sightseeing Orchard Website

    If you ever visit Hokkaido, do add fruit picking to your itinerary. Get to experience this fun activity by visiting one of these four lovely farms in the northern part of Japan!

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