Fruit Picking Tour at Fruitopia
This fruit picking tour at Fruitopia, a Japanese orchard located in the mountainside just outside of the town of Yakage. It has strawberries (April to May), Japanese nashi pears (August to September), grapes (September to October), sweet potatoes (mid-October to the end of October), udon making (Japanese noodles) all year round and mochi making (Japanese rice cakes) in early January. When visiting Fruitopia you will receive an informational brochure explaining some of the unique farming techniques used in growing fruit.
ABOUT YAKAGE TOWN
Yakage Town is an independent town in southwest Okayama Prefecture with a population of around 15,000. It is a microcosm of Japan in so many ways, from the flowing rivers to the rolling hills and mountains. The town possesses so many of the Japanese cultural elements loved by admirers around the world.
The center of Yakage is accentuated with Edo era buildings which reveal its past importance as a resting place for travelers of varying levels of society, including feudal lords who moved along the Sanyo route. In fact, in November the Daimyo festival takes place, marking this historical period. Townspeople adorn themselves in the costumes of the era and parade through the streets. Another interesting and unusual festival is the Nagashibina festival in late March in which beautiful women in brocade kimonos are carried through town in jinrikusha vehicles; later, paper dolls are set afloat in little boats on the river. This festival is a traditional celebration of Girls Day.
Today Yakage is a modern township with plenty to offer residents and visitors. The Cultural Center is a futuristic looking structure which holds performances and workshops. It also has a resource center appointed with books and multimedia. There is also a comfortable town library if you are in the mood for a quiet read.
JR Okayama Stn >> JR Kiyone Stn. >> Yakage Stn. >> Walk around Yakage Town until lunchtime >> 13:00 lunch at Taverna 44 Italian Restaurant >> Get picked up by Fruitopia and drive to the mountain to pick fruit of the season >> Return to Yakage main street and have an early dinner (options for dinner include okonomiyaki or a traditional Japanese course dinner) >> Yakage Stn. >> JR Kiyone Stn. >> JR Okayama Stn.
Tour includes: train fee to and from JR Okayama Station to Yakage Station, set lunch course, dinner coupon valued at 1,500JPY and entry to fruit picking.
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