Family Time Fruit Picking at Sakaguchi Noen Farm – Wakayama

Scenery from Sakaguchi Noen

[Waking up to the fresh countryside air at Wakayama fruit farm @ Sakaguchi Noen]

What can be a better family activity than picking fruits? This is absolutely something that doesn’t exist in Singapore anymore with her rapid modernization and an exceptional experience to back-to-the-basics for city-dwellers like us.

Oh … by the way, I have a word of advice here… do pick up a decent bit of Japanese before coming to Wakayama. Don’t be too surprise if the standard of English comprehension by the locals here is bad or very bad. This is afterall not the likes of metropolis-like Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. The alternative is to have a I-device or the likes to do a quick translation for whatever you need to say and show it to the locals instead 😀

At Sakaguchi Noen farm, I guess we are a few hundred meters above sea level, maybe more. And this farm that we have chosen seems to be located on sloppy land ….hahah! At this high attitude, walking up and down the slopes take a certain toil in the breathing, probably due to the thinner level of oxygen here. But it doesn’t seem to affect the local farmers …. I guess their body must be used to these effects unlike ours 🙂

[My little girl posing on the steep slopes that seems to be all around this farm]

[My little girl posing on the steep slopes that seems to be all around this farm]

[Look at the healthy green vegetables on this farm. Kirei-des]

[Look at the healthy green vegetables on this farm. Kirei-des]

Even the vegetables here look bigger, greener and healthier than what I have ever seen in the wet markets of Singapore. Its no wonder that Japanese have one of the longest lifespan in the world, they have such luscious, greeneries grown in the high attitudes of Japan.

While the initial idea was to come here to pick persimmons, we were kind-of late in the season (Persimmon picking occurs from mid-Sep to end-Nov) with only Mikan oranges left for harvesting. I have attached the fruit-picking calendar for anyone that might like to have a try at it. It’s fun, I swear by it 😉

[Published by http://www.wakayama-kanko.or.jp, for more information on farms that are available, visit their website]

[Published by www.wakayama-kanko.or.jp ,also for more information on farms that are available, visit their website]

My kiddos really had great fun getting to the trees to cut the Mikans off … it is eat all you can hahaha! And there were so much Mikan trees, it is almost like hid-and-seek for each other as well LOL!

[The quest begins .... cut & eat, cut & eat, cut ....]

[The quest begins …. cut & eat, cut & eat, cut ….]

Hide n Seek

[There are two kiddos here. Besides the obvious pink girl, there is another camouflaged among the Mikans …hahaha]

[Look at the round, plump Mikans from the tree]

[Look at the round, plump Mikans from the tree]

I am almost afraid that the Mikan orange would be too sour for my liking. My fear was thoroughly unfounded. These were probably the sweetest and juiciest oranges I have tasted in my life, every single one!!!

[A Mikan for U?]

[A sweet Mikan orange for U ???]

4 comments

  • Hi Grace, I am not sure how to contact you as you didn’t leave any return contacts. But hopefully you will chance upon tis reply here to your questions.

    The reservation to the farm should be made. At least 1 day in advance by phone. Most of the farm staff only speaks Japanese. So you could get help from the hotel reception on this.

    There will be a short tour on the farm before the farm in-charged show you where and how to harvest the fruits. You could spend time there as long as you need or until you are so filled with fruits that you can’t walk haha. Just joking… usually 1-2 hours on the farm should be more than enough, excluding travelling time.

    The farm is not exactly a short walk unless you drive. But this isn’t an issue. During booking, have the reception check if they could pick u up from the train station. In fact, the farm staff picked and send us back to the station. Talk abt excellent service standards 😉

  • Hi Ken,
    Thanks for the many information regarding traveling around japan. I will be traveling to osaka from Dec 20 to 31, i hope to cover wakayama, kinosaki kobe and osaka, mainly is to relex to eojoy the onsen, food and weather. Would you please give me some advise how should i plan the journey. I will purchase the 5 days kansai wide area pass, do you recommend aelf drive during this period? Or should i just travel by train mainly?
    Thank you in advance.
    SL

    • Hi Siew Lan, I would say that for Kobe and Osaka, the train network in Japan is fantastic and very adequate for this purpose. So there is really no need to drive unless you are planning to go to locations that are rural or out-of-the-way type. Most of the destinations are reachable by foot from train stations 🙂 … so it might be ideal to get a good pair of walking shoes.

      For Wakayama, you could reach there by train for sure. However it is the outskirt city, and kinda more rural. This is also where you might need to get to know the bus network to get around. Otherwise, if budget allows, driving here would be recommended.

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