Fukuoka Autumn Fruit-Picking Guide 2016

It’s harvest time in Japan, and northern Kyushu boasts many areas with beautiful, bountiful fruit orchards. In this guide, we introduce 9 orchards; some specialize in one fruit, others offer a veritable cornucopia of different fruits! All of these orchards are open to the public for a “pick-your-own” service. Picking your own fruit not only ensures optimum freshness, but it is also a good excuse to get outdoors and enjoy some country fresh-air and exercise. We’ll keep adding more fruit-picking spots, so be sure to keep checking back! Autumn is coming soon – it’s the season when people’s appetites are said to return, so plan a day trip and go enjoy farm fresh produce! Itadakimasu!

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Fukuoka’s Fruits
Fukuoka is one of the leading fruit-producing prefectures in all of Japan. In terms of harvest size and production output, Fukuoka is number two in the nation for strawberries and kiwis, and third for persimmons. The fruit production in Fukuoka is primarily concentrated in the southern Chikugo area. The gently sloping hills, excellent water drainage system and exposure to the sun make the cities of Ukiha, Asakura and Kurume excellent places for producing persimmon fruit. Also, Fukuoka is the first prefecture in Japan to produce the slightly larger and sweeter Kyoho grape, with cultivation centered in Kurume, Tanushimaru, Ukiha and Yame. Moreover, Fukuoka was amongst the first to use a new innovative fruit ripening device, using ethylene gas to ripen kiwi fruit. Before shipping, this system made kiwi fruits sweet, delicious, and ready to export to other countries. Of the areas that produce kiwi fruits using this method, Tachibana-machi in Fukuoka is one of the top producers in the country. Fukuoka’s fruit farmers are working hard to continually adapt to the harsh conditions and tricky climate, while also working to come up with new farming methods and breed superior fruit. The concept of opening fruit picking to the public began in Fukuoka in the 1950s, and the practice continues today as an enjoyable event for families and individuals. As the summer heat slowly makes way for cooler autumn breezes, consider visiting one of Fukuoka’s many fruit farms sometime soon.

Fukuoka Fruit Picking Map

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Ukiha Kajuno Mura Yamandon(うきは果樹の村 やまんどん)
Ukiha has been a fruit-growing town since the Taisho period (early 20th century). Fruit is grown throughout the year, including grapes (early Aug. ~ late Sep.) and pears (early Aug. ~ early Nov.). For pears, September is the golden month, when the sunlight is beaming down and spring water is drawn from 90 m below the surface of the soil, producing sweet, juicy pears. At Mugoyoka, a quaint café overlooking the plantation, enjoy a taste of the orchard’s ripe fruit in one of their baked goods, such as the cake made from freshly picked pears.

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• Open: Mid Aug. to early Nov.
• Hours: 10:00~17:00
• Closed: Wed. (open every day in Aug. and Sep.)
• Entry: Adult (JHS and over) ¥300, Child (3 y.o. and older) ¥200
• Additional facilities: Cafe “Mugoyoka” (11:00~16:30; Closed: Wed.)
• Parking: 30 spaces (Free)
• Address: 2212-7 Yamakita, Ukiha-machi, Ukiha City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-77-4174
http://www.yamandon.com

Grapes
Season: Early Aug. ~ late Sep.
Price: ¥1,000~¥2,000/kg

Pears
Season: Early Aug. ~ early Nov.
Price: ¥650/kg

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Fruits Farm Juran (Formerly: Nakano Housei-en)(フルーツファーム樹蘭(旧.果樹園 中野朋正園))
With its noticeably larger size and sweet taste, Kyoho is the king of Japanese grapes. Tanushimaru is well known throughout Japan as the first successful location for a full-blown Kyoho grape cultivation, as well as the town that started grape and persimmon fruit-picking in Japan. The 2,000 m2 orchard grows several varieties of grapes, including Kyoho, Aki Queen and Shine Muscat, all available for plucking until the end of September. Rather than using chemically-produced fertilizers, all fruit is cultivated organically for a sweet, unforgettable taste. Visit the café, Juran, at the entrance of the plantation to taste the popular homemade custard pie and jam made with Kyoho grapes and figs. This warm-hearted family business will capture your hearts, as well as your stomach!

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• Open: late Jan. ~ early May, mid-Aug. ~ late Sep.
• Hours: 9:00~18:00
• Closed: Never
• Entry: Free
• Reservations: required for group (10+ people) only (Tel., fax)
• Additional facilities: Cafe, restaurant and farmer’s store
• Parking: 10 spaces (Free)
• Address: 482-1 Ishigaki, Tanushimaru-machi, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-72-4528
http://www.juran-marche.com/

Grapes
Season: Mid-Aug. ~ late Sep.
Price: Kyoho grapes ¥1,100~¥1,300/kg (grape-picking available) (~ Aug. 15: ¥1,300/kg, Aug. 16 ~: ¥1,100/kg)
Suiho grapes, Rosario Bianco, Rosario Rosso, Shine Muscat, Aki Queen grapes, Pione grapes, etc.: ¥1,500~¥2,000/kg (sold only; no picking available)

Strawberries
Season: Late Jan. ~ early May
Price: Amaou, Sachinoka, etc.: Adult ¥1,700, Child ¥1,200 (all-you-can-eat: 30 min.)

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Ota-noen(太田農園)
With easy access by car from Asakura City, this farm uses clean mineral water from Akitsuki (Asakura City) to cultivate their Kyoho grapes – making them sweet and delicious! The grapevine trellis at the farm is a little lower in height than usual, making the grapes easier to reach for women and children. There are also tables and chairs set up under the leafy grapevine where you can sit and enjoy fresh grapes. Tip: The farm is located about 1 minute by car from the Nagataniyama traffic lights, driving in towards Egawa Dam, Asakura.

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• Open: Early Aug. ~ Sep.
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Entry: Free
• Parking: 30 spaces
• Address: 1742-2 Akitsuki, Asakura City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0946-25-0512
http://www.geocities.co.jp/SilkRoad-Oasis/9225/

Grapes
Season: Early Aug. ~ Sep.
Price: Kyoho grapes ¥900/kg

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Eco Farm Yokomizo-en(エコファーム よこみぞ園)
With its relatively warm climate and efficient water filtration system, Minosanroku is the perfect environment in which to raise sweet, delicious figs. Preferring organic methods over chemically-produced fertilizers, the resulting fruit has become an instant hit. In this 8,000 m2 orchard, around one hundred trees are raised to cultivate Hakata Horai and Dauphin, two varieties of figs. Ripe fruit can be picked until November.

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• Open: Aug. ~ Nov.
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Entry: Free ※Groups of more than 20: ¥200 / person
• Reservations: required for group (20+ people) only (up to 10 days in advance)
• Parking: 80 spaces (Free)
• Address: 1844 Masuoda, Tanushimaru-machi, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-73-0808
http://www2.tok2.com/home/sachie/ichijiku2.htm

Figs
Season: Aug. ~ Nov. (Dauphin figs: Aug. ~ Nov., Hakata Horai: 8/20 ~, Banane Aug. ~ Nov.)
Price: ¥1,500/kg (all-you-can-eat ¥1,300/person; on site only)

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Asakura Ringo-en(朝倉りんご園)
This 5,000 m2 orchard holds around 800 apple trees, from which you can pick a variety of different apples until mid-December. Using rice bran fertilizer to organically cultivate all plants, the trees raised in this Chikugo plain have a high level of sugar content to fit the hot climate. During fruit-picking season, the apple pies and hand-squeezed 100% apple juice are very popular.

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• Open: mid-Jul. ~ mid-Dec.
• Hours: 10:00~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Entry: Free
• Reservations: required for group (10+ people) only
• Additional facilities: Cafe “Appleland” (10:00~17:00; Closed: Tue., Wed.)
• Parking: 35 spaces
• Address: 1112-1 Hishino, Asakura City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0946-52-0374 (Direct call to farm: 080-3182-9291)
http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~apple386/

Peaches
Season: Early Jul. ~ mid-Jul.
Price: ¥750/kg

Apples
Season: Mid-Aug. ~ late Nov.
Price: ¥680/kg

Grapes
Season: Mid-Aug. ~ late Sep.
Price: Aug. ¥1,000/kg, Sep. ¥900/kg

Persimmons
Season: Mid-Oct. ~ mid-Dec.
Price: ¥500/kg

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Omichidani no Sato(大道谷の里)
Tachibana-machi in Yame-gun is a small country town that boasts one of the top kiwi production outputs in the country. In Shiraki-ku, a section of the city encircling a mountain, kiwi fruits cover giant sections of the sloping plains. Experience a taste of country life by spending a night on the farm, which opens for sightseeing and personal fruit-picking in late October. Also, receive a 1 kg kiwi omiyage (souvenir) for the ride home!

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• Open: Late Oct. ~ Nov.
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Irregular
• Entry: Adult (JHS and over) ¥500 (incl. 1kg to take home), Child (ES and under) ¥300 (incl. 5 kiwis to take home)
• Reservations: required (phone or fax)
• Lodging: One evening, night and morning (incl. 2 meals), Adult ¥6,000, Child ¥4,000
• Parking: 10 spaces (Free)
• Address: 4578-1 Shiraki, Tachibana-machi, Yame City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-35-0760 / 080-1718-6280
http://omitidani.exblog.jp

Kiwi Fruits
Season: Late Oct. ~ Nov.
Price: Not yet decided

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Buzen Fruits Land(ぶぜんフルーツランド)
Located about an hour and forty minutes from Fukuoka City by car, this farm is open year-round: you can pick grapes (late Aug. ~ late Sep.), chestnuts (mid-Sep. ~ early Oct.), clementines (mid-Oct. ~ late Nov.), and even try your hand at digging sweet potatoes (early Sep. ~ mid-Nov.)! BBQ facilities available when booked in advance (¥1,650 per person).

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• Open: Year-round
• Hours: 9:00~16:00
• Closed: Irregular
• Entry: ¥300
• Reservations: required (phone, fax or email)
• Parking: 30 spaces (Free)
• Address: 2024-31 Oaza-Shiromaru, Buzen City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0979-83-4622
http://www.buzenfruitland.com

Grapes
Season: Late Aug. ~ late Sep.
Price: ¥1,000/kg

Chestnuts
Season: Mid-Sep. ~ early Oct.
Price: ¥700/kg

Sweet Potatoes
Season: Early Sep. ~ mid-Nov.
Price: ¥1,000/area (2.4 m2)

Clementines
Season: Mid-Oct. ~ late Nov.
Price: ¥300 ~ ¥600/bag

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Korokoro Nashi Kobo(コロコロ梨工房)
Awarded an “Eco-farm” certificate from the Fukuoka Prefectural Governor, the owners of this kiwi and pear farm use organic fertilizer to cultivate their fruit. Kiwi farms are rather rare in Fukuoka, so Korokoro Nashi Kobo is one of the few places you can pick kiwi fruit in the area (Oct. ~ Nov.). They also grow pears around July, so make sure you visit the cafe to taste the pear curry and pear juice.

• Open: Late Jul. ~ mid Nov.
• Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
• Closed: Undecided
• Entry: Free
• Parking: 15 spaces
• Address: 3799-3 Kurokawa, Asakura City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0946-29-0074
http://homepage3.nifty.com/moerien/

Pears
Season: Jul.
Price: ¥630/kg

Kiwis
Season: Oct. ~ Nov.
Price: ¥1,050/kg

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Meika-en(明果園)
Persimmons, known as kaki, are one of Japan’s most popular autumn fruits! The farmers at Meika-en put emphasis on natural cultivation, using organic fertilizer and minimal chemicals. They choose the right land for each crop, so their seasonal fruit farms are spread across a few locations. Enjoy picking peaches (Jul. ~ Aug.), pears (Aug. ~ Nov.), and persimmons (Oct. ~ Dec.). When making a reservation, don’t forget to ask for the farm’s address – it’s different for each fruit! English speaking staff available.

• Open: Mid Jul. ~ early Dec.
• Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
• Closed: Undecided
• Entry: Free (booking req.)
• Parking: 30 spaces
• Address: 777-2 Miharu, Ukiha-machi, Ukiha City, Fukuoka (inquire for full farm address)
• Tel.: 090-1196-7500 (alternate: 0943-77-3815)
http://www.meikaen.net

Peaches
Season: Jul. ~ Aug.
Price: ¥1,000/kg

Pears
Season: Aug. ~ Nov.
Price: ¥600/kg

Persimmons
Season: Oct. ~ Dec.
Price: ¥500/kg

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Taiyo-en(太陽園みかん狩り園)
For Fukuoka City residents, Taiyo-en is the closest fruit farm in this guide – located just an hour out of Fukuoka City in Mochiyama (Munakata City). Open during mikan orange season (Oct. ~ Dec.), the farm offers rain-or-shine fruit picking. If the weather turns bad while you’re outside on the farm, you can move your fruit picking expedition to the greenhouse! The farm grows various types of mikan, which can be peeled easily with your fingers, are juicy and soft and rarely have seeds. Organic fertilizer is used, parking is available, and you can take a full bag of oranges home for just ¥1, 000!

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• Open: Oct. ~ Dec.
• Hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00
• Closed: Jan ~ Oct.
• Entry: Free
• Parking: 30 spaces
• Address: 411-16 Mochiyama, Munakata City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0940-37-2957
http://www2.ocn.ne.jp/~taiyouen/

Mikan
Season: Oct. ~ Dec.
Price: ¥1,000/bag

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Nakano Kajitsuen(中野果実園)
This farm grows over 40 kinds of grape! This prolific orchard, perhaps unsurprisingly, produces the largest number of grapes out of all the orchards in town. At any point in the season, visiting fruit-pickers can enjoy at least ten varieties of grapes. Just some of the grape varieties available include Kyoho, Pizzutello Bianco, Rizamat, Suiho, Ruby Okuyama and Shinano Smile. Nakano Kajitsuen uses a special homemade compost which is well-suited to growing delicious grapes. From January to early May they also offer strawberries, including the famous Amaou type.

• Open: Mid-Jun. ~ Early May
• Hours: 8:00~17:00
• Closed: Jan. 1 ~ Jan. 2, Aug. 14
• Entry: Free
• Parking: 20 spaces (Free)
• Address: 343 Ishikaki, Tanushimaru-machi, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-72-2967, 090-2501-7879
http://www.nakanokajitsuen.jp/

Grapes
Season: mid-Jun. ~ end of Sep. (Kyoho: late Jun. ~, Pizzutello Bianco: Aug. ~, Rizamat: Aug. ~, Suiho: Jul. ~, Ruby Okuyama: late Aug. ~, Shinano Smile: late Aug. ~)
Price: ¥1,100~¥2,000/kg (take away)

Persimmons
Season: late Oct. ~ mid-Dec.
Price: ¥650/kg (take away)

Strawberries
Season: Jan. ~ early May
Price: ¥200/100g (take away), All-you-can-eat ¥1,500 (30 min.)

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Shunkouen(春光園)
Some of the pear trees at this farm are over 70 years old! Shunkouen is popular with tourists and locals alike for grape and pear picking. The farmers here use tried-and-tested knowledge passed down from generation to generation and carefully selected organic fertilizers; the result is sweet, moreish fruit. Seedless and seeded grape varieties are available, including Pione, Aki Queen, Gorby, Queen Nina, Shine Muscat and Kyoho (“the king of grapes”). If you prefer picking pears, choose from Kosui, Hosui, Akizuki, Niitaka and Shinko varieties.

• Open: Mid-Jul. ~ Late Oct.
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Irregular
• Entry: Free
• Reservations: accepted by phone
• Parking: 30 spaces (Free)
• Address: 1481-4 Yamakita, Ukiha-machi, Ukiha-shi, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-77-4118

Grapes
Season: Seedless mid-Jul. ~ early Aug., Seeded mid-Aug. ~ mid-Sep.
Price: Seedless ¥2,000/kg, Shine Muscat ¥2,500/kg; Seeded ~ Aug. 15 ¥1,300/kg, Aug. 16 ~ ¥1,200/kg

Pears
Season: early Aug. ~ early Oct. (Kosui: early Aug., Hosui: mid-Aug., Akizuki: late Aug., Niitaka: mid-Sep., Shinko: early Oct.)
Price: ¥650/kg (take away)

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Laputa Farm(ラピュタファーム)
The pears and grapes here are super sweet! This is because of the special cultivation methods used (reduced pesticides, bamboo pyroligneous liquid, added microorganisms, compost from the onsite restaurant, etc.). As well as fruit picking, the farm offers a lunch buffet with healthy, homemade goodies – it’s very popular, so be prepared to queue! There’s also a cottage available for events and barbecues.

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• Open: Mid-Aug. ~ Early Nov.
• Hours: 10:00~16:00
• Closed: Irregular
• Entry: Free
• Reservations: required for group (15+ people) only
• Additional facilities: Buffet restaurant, cafe, shop, BBQ and outdoor cottage (capacity: 100 people), training room for cooking classes and seminars, etc. (capacity: 30 people)
• Parking: 30 spaces (Free)
• Address: 4408-11 Amagi, Kawasaki-machi, Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0947-47-4000
• URL: http://laputa-f.com/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laputafarm/

Grapes
Season: Mid-Aug. ~ late Sep. (Kyoho grapes: mid-Aug. ~ late Sep., Hakata White: early Sep. ~ late Sep.)
Price: ¥1,300/kg

Pears
Season: Hosui pears: Aug. 25 ~ early Sep., Niitaka pears: late Sep. ~ mid-Oct., Shinko pears: late Oct. ~ until they run out
Price: ¥650/kg

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Originally written in Jul. 2016.
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