Harvesting and Eating Melons
Ibaraki is the leader of melon production in Japan. You can enjoy eating melons on-site at some tourist farms, and even try your hand at harvesting. Generally speaking, early summer (June) is the best time to visit melon farms.
There are nearly 40 strawberry tourist farms in Ibaraki where you can enjoy picking fresh strawberries from mid-January to May, with high season being from February to late April. Each strawberry farm strives to grow delicious strawberries by devising more effective ways to grow them, such as by making their soil richer.
The season for pear picking is from mid-August to late September. Ibaraki pears are juicy, with a crisp texture, and Ibaraki is one of the major pear producers in Japan.
Late June to early October is the best time to harvest grapes. On a tourist farm you can try picking bunches of grapes and eat them on-site. Various kinds of grapes, from kyoho to shine muscat grapes, are available.
Apples are picked from September to November. Ibaraki’s apples are mainly grown in the northern area of the prefecture, where the climate is cooler. The apples in Ibaraki are big and sweet with a pleasant aroma.
More than 20 blueberry farms welcome visitors from late June to early September. The blueberries are sweet and sour, and they’re easy to pick and eat. You can take them home as a souvenir.
Persimmons are picked from late September to mid-November. Ibaraki persimmons have a natural sweetness and smooth texture and taste great. Some persimmon orchard owners present their highest-quality persimmons to the Imperial Family.
Chestnuts are gathered from early September to mid-October. Ibaraki’s quality chestnuts are big and smell sweet. Japanese people usually eat chestnuts after baking or boiling them, and they are used in producing various kinds of processed sweets.