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Fukuoka Fruit Picking Guide 2021

After the rainy season, it’s finally summer, and summer vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, and watermelon are ready for harvest. Also, fruits such as peaches, grapes, figs, pears, apples, persimmons, and more are grown in many parts of Fukuoka Prefecture, especially in the Chikugo area. In this guide, we introduce 10 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 the fresh country air and exercise. We’ll keep adding more fruit-picking spots, so be sure to keep checking back!

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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. 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.

Fruit-picking spots

Asakura City, Fukuoka
Ukiha City, Fukuoka
Kurume City, Fukuoka
Fukutsu City, Fukuoka
Miyako Town, Fukuoka
Yanagawa City, Fukuoka
Yame City, Fukuoka

Asakura City, Fukuoka

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 Kamiakizuki traffic lights, driving in towards Egawa Dam, Asakura.

Open: Aug 1. ~ Mid-Sep. (Schedule might be changed, and pending supply. Please check their Facebook for updated information.)
• Hours: Sunrise to sundown
• Closed: Irregular
• Entry: Free
• Parking: 30 spaces
• Address: 1742-2 Kamiakizuki, Asakura City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0946-25-0512
https://bit.ly/2BcSNt0

Grape (picking)
• Price: Kyoho grapes ¥1,200/kg, Shine Muscat ¥2,000/kg

Ukiha City, Fukuoka

Meika-en (明果園)

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.), pears (Sep. ~ Oct.). 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: Jul. 3 ~ Late Oct.
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Irregular
• Entry: Free
• Parking: 30 spaces
• Address: 777-2 Ukiha-machi Miharu, Ukiha City, Fukuoka (inquire for full farm address)
• Tel.: 090-1196-7500
https://www.meikaenfruit.com/
https://www.instagram.com/meikaen.hada/

Peach (picking)
• Season: Jul. 3 ~ Late Jul. (or as supplies last)
• Price: ¥1,300/kg

Pear (picking)
• Season: Early Sep. ~ Late Oct.
• Price: ¥650/kg

Shunko-en (春光園)

Some of the pear trees at this farm are over 70 years old! Shunko-en 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. You can also enjoy grape juice made from 100% Pione grapes (¥350).

• Open: Mid-Jul. ~ Late Nov.
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Irregular
• Entry: Free
• Reservations: Recommended for groups of 15 people or more by phone
• Parking: 30 spaces (free)
• Address: 1481-4 Ukiha-machi Yamakita, Ukiha City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-77-4118
http://shunkoen-ukiha.com/

Grape (picking)
• Season: Jul. 11 ~ Early Sep.
• Kinds: Seedless, Kyoho (with seeds), Aki Queen, Kogyoku, Goruby
• Price: ¥1,300~/kg

Pear (picking)
• Season: July. 20 ~ Early Oct.
• Kinds: Kosui, Hosui, Akizuki, Niitaka, Shinko
• Price: ¥700/kg

Persimmon (picking)
• Season: Late Oct. ~ Late Nov.
• Kinds: Wasefuyugaki, fuyugaki
• Price: ¥550~/kg

Ukiha Kaju no 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 strawberries (Jan. ~ May), grapes (July. ~ Sep.), pears (July. ~ Nov.) and persimmons (early Nov. ~ Dec.). 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 cafe 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.

• Open: July 31. ~ Late Nov.
• Hours: 10:00~17:00
• Closed: Wed.
• Entry: Adult (JHS and over) ¥300, child (4 y.o. and older) ¥200, family (up to 8 persons) ¥1,000
• Additional facilities: Cafe “Mugoyoka” (11:00~16:30)
• Parking: 30 spaces (free)
• Address: 2212-7 Ukiha-machi Yamakita, Ukiha City, Fukuoka (*20 min. by car from Oita Expressway Haki Interchange)
• Tel.: 0943-77-4174
http://www.yamandon.com

Grape (picking)
• Season: July 31. ~ Late Sep.
• Kinds: Kyoho, Rosario, Shine Muscat, BK seedless
• Price: Kyoho ¥1,300~/kg, Rosario ¥1,500~/kg, Shine Muscat ¥2,300~/kg, BK seedless ¥2,000~/kg

Pear (picking)
• Season: July 31. ~ Late Nov.
• Kinds: Kosui, Hosui, Niidaka, Shinko
• Price: ¥650/kg

Kurume City, Fukuoka

Nakano Kajitsuen (中野果実園)

This farm grows 42 kinds of grape! This prolific orchard also (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 15 varieties of grapes. Just some of the grape varieties available include Kyoho, Pizzutello Bianco, 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: Early Jul. ~ Early May
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: 8/13 ~ 8/15, 12/28, 12/31 ~ 1/2
• Entry: Free
• Reservations: Recommended (Required for strawberry picking through phone or fax)
• Parking: 4 spaces, and 1 space for a large-size vehicle (free)
• Address: 343 Tanushimaru-machi Ishikaki, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-72-2967, Fax: 0943-72-1328
http://www.nakanokajitsuen.jp/

Grape (picking)
• Season: July 10.~ Mid-Aug.
• Kinds: Kyoho, Pizzutello Bianco, Suiho, Ruby Okuyama, Shinano Smile
• Price: ¥2,500~¥2,000/kg

Persimmon (picking)
• Season: Late Oct. ~ Early Dec.
• Price: ¥650/kg (Fuyugaki)

Strawberry (picking)
• Season: Jan. ~ Early May

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 800 trees are raised to cultivate three varieties of figs: Dauphin, Hakata Horai, and Banane. Ripe fruit can be picked until November.

• Open: Aug 1. ~ Oct 30.
• Hours: 9:00~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Entry: Free (*groups of more than 20: ¥200/person)
• Reservations: Required for groups of 20 or more only (phone up to 10 days in advance)
• Parking: 80 spaces (free)
• Address: 1844 Tanushimaru-machi Masuoda, Kurume City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0943-73-0808
https://ecofarm-yokomizo.com/

Fig (picking)
• Aug 1. ~ Late Oct.: Dauphin figs, Banane 
• Aug 25. ~ Late Oct.: Hakata Horai
• Price: ¥1,700/kg (take away) / all-you-can-eat ¥1,800/person (45 min.), free for under 5 y.o.

Fukutsu City, Fukuoka

Kabamurasakyu Budo-en(椛村砂丘葡萄園)

A long-established vineyard founded in 1964. Their juicy and sweet taste characterizes Open-field cultivated grapes grown in an environment close to nature. Many repeaters visit annually for four types of grapes, such as Delaware, Shine Muscat, and more. Available by order as long as supplies last.

• Open: Jul 14. ~ Early Sep. (or as supplies last)
• Hours: 7:00~19:00
• Closed: Never (It might be closed depending on aging condition of grapes)
• Reservations: Unnecessary
• Parking: 6 spaces (free)
• Address: 3-3-21 Hanamigaoka, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0940-42-0615
https://bit.ly/39RY1XX

Grape (take away)
• Late Jul. ~ Early Sep.
• Kinds: Delaware, Summer black, Black beat, Shine Muscat
• Price: ¥1,500/kg, Grade B products ¥500~

Miyako Town, Fukuoka

Matsuki Kaju-en (松木果樹園)

Located east of Fukuoka Prefecture in Miyako-machi and surrounded by bountiful nature is Matsuki Kaju-en. Their fruits are grown with organic fertilizer and are known for their strong, sweet taste, especially when harvested while fully ripe. They also sell their produce online and offer delivery nationwide.

• Open: Mid-Jul. ~ Mid-Nov.
• Hours: 11:00~16:00 (Reception is until 15:00)
• Closed: 8/9 ~ 8/15, Other is Irregular
• Entry: adult (JHS and over) ¥200, child (4 y.o. and older) ¥100
• Reservations: Required for groups (accepted from 20 days before to the day. Group reservation for up to 10.)
• Additional facilities: Restaurant
• Parking: 50 spaces (free)
• Address: 280-11 Saigawaosaka, Miyako-machi, Miyako-gun, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 0930-42-3125
http://www.matsuki-kajuen.com/
Facebook

Blueberry (picking)
• Season: Late Jun. ~ Late Aug.
• Price: Adult ¥500, 4 y.o. ~ ES ¥300
• Take out: ¥300/100g

Peach (picking)
• Season: Mid-Jul. ~ Mid-Aug.
• Kinds: Akatsuki, Shimizu Hakuto, Kawanakajima Hakuto
• Price: ¥1,300 ~ ¥1,500/kg

Pear (picking)
• Season: Late Jul. ~ mid-Nov. (*varies on the kind of pear available)
• Kinds: Shinsui, Kosui, Hosui
• Price: ¥800~/kg

Grape (picking)
• Season: Late Aug. ~ Late Sep.
• Kinds: Kyoho, Pione
• Price: ¥1,300~/kg

Yanagawa City, Fukuoka

Yanagawa Kanko Farm (柳川観光農園)

This vineyard is built on reclaimed land facing the Ariake Sea. The grapes grow from soil rich in salt and minerals which make them extra sweet! Aside from grape-picking, you can also enjoy other local workshops such as nori (edible seaweed) making at the nearby multipurpose hall and camping ground, Mutsugoro Land. It’s also an excellent spot for sunset viewing.

• Open: Aug 10 ~ Aug 29.
• Hours: 8:30~12:00
• Closed: Irregular
• Reservations: Required (phone or form)
Mutsugoro Land, 389 Hashimoto-machi, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka (The farm is located about 1km from Yanagawa Mutsugoro Land.)
• Tel.: 0944-72-0819 (Yanagawa Mutsugoro Land Office)
https://ariake-mutsugoro.jp/budo/

Grape (picking)
• Season: 8/10~8/15, 8/20~8/22, 8/27~8/29
• Kinds: Kyoho
• Price: Aug. ¥1,200/kg, Sep. ¥1,000/kg

Yame City, Fukuoka

Hirai Kanko Farm (平井観光農園)

You can pick strawberries and tomatoes here between January to May, and grapes in summer so there is usually something to pick all year round. Grape picking begins in late August, with the harvesting of Pione grapes and Shine Muscat grapes, with tasting included!

• Open: Late – Aug. ~ Late May
• Hours: 10:00~16:00 (Admission will be limited to prevent the spread on COVID-19)
• Closed: Tue., Wed.
• Reservation: Required (phone or mail)
• Entry: Free
• Additional facilities: Farmer’s market
• Parking: 50 spaces (Free)
• Address: 54 Mukaide, Yoshida, Yame City, Fukuoka
• Tel.: 080-4279-7716
https://hirai-tourist-farm.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hirainouen/

Grape (picking)
• Season: Aug 22. ~ Late Sep.

Kinds: Pione
• Price: Adult ¥600, 4 y.o. ~ ES ¥400 (incl. sampling), free for under 3 y.o. / take away: ¥2,500~/kg

Kinds: Shine Muscat
• Price: ¥3,500 (incl. sampling, two bunches of grapes and Amao strawberry ice cream) / take away: ¥2,500~/kg

Strawberry (6 kinds, picking)
• Season: Late Dec. ~ Mid-May

Mixed picking (strawberries and tomatoes)
• Season: Late Feb. ~ Mid-May. *please inquire for picking from Apr. onwards

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Originally written in Jul. 2016, updated in Jul. 2021.
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Published: Jul 21, 2021 / Last Updated: Jul 21, 2021

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