Where in Japan to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: January 2018: Strawberries have a very brief season; and the start in early April in the South, don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green!  Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.)  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

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Japan U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

There are pick your own farms in Japan, typically for apples, strawberries, pears and grapes.  But I only know of two pick-your-own farms in Japan so far (see below)! Please write to me, if you know of others!

Yamanashi Prefecture

  • Nakagomi Orchard - cherries peaches plums grapes nectarines prunes pears persimmons apples
    2281-1 Iinoh,, Minami Alps City , Japan 400-0222. Phone: 090-1664-2921 English available. Open: . We are basically open from 9 am untill 5 pm, seven days a week. We start our fruits' picking in the end of May and go on till the middle of December. Email: kazunaka@olive.ocn.ne.jp. We have toilets, five of them on our farm. We have picnic area on our farm. We have spacious parking lot. We have ten barbecue sets and each set can be used up to 10-15 people. We are affiliated with local natural hot springs where our customers can get 20-40% off for their admission fare. Also, we are affiliated with some local nice restaurants where our customers can get additional dish, soft drink or ice cream as long as they order lunch or dinner.
    Comments from a visitor on March 19, 2009:
    "Yes, I like Nakagomi Orchard alot." (UPATED: March 19, 2009)

Other areas

  • Mother Farm - Variety of seasonal fruit and flowers. See website.
    . Open: Closed 12/15-21 and 1/9-13 Otherwise, Weekends & Holidays Weekdays Feb. 1 - Nov. 30 9:00 - 17:00 9:30 - 16:30 Dec. 1 - Jan. 31 9:30 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 *New year holidays, spring holidays, summer holidays and the end of the year are the same as weekends and holidays hours. Golden Week is operated by special hours. . Restrooms, Restaurant, Petting areas, Sheep shearing show, small amusement rides. (ADDED: November 18, 2009, suggested by a visitor)
    Comments from a visitor on November 18, 2009: "It felt too commercial to me. Really didn't seem at all like the pick your owns back in the States. Also, kind of unnerving that the same animals are being petted and barbequed. But, its here anyhow."

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