Akira Matsuo

Apple Picking in Matsumoto

Experience Nagano's Specialty Apples and Farmhouse Life

Akira Matsuo
Akira Matsuo   - 2 min read

Autumn is the season of beautiful, colored foliage, mushrooms in Nagano's forests, and, of course, the harvesting of fresh fruits – one of Nagano’s specialty!

This year, a young farming couple, who moved from Tokyo to Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture, started an apple picking experience in October. If you make a reservation the same morning, they can even arrange to a pick-up just west of Matsumoto Castle.

Mr. Kawabe was a computer engineer working for an electric maker in Tokyo. He heard his wife's grandpa was farming an apple orchard in Nagano, but thinking of retirement and felling apple trees gradually. He felt pity and when the young couple have their baby, they had a fear of Tokyo life after the 3.11 earthquake. After dithering, the husband decided to throw away his career and restart as a farmer from the beginning.

They live in a traditional farmhouse near Alps Park, so the experience is not only of picking fresh apples in their orchard, but also sitting in their tatami room, having Japanese tea and various autumn food, and touring around their Japanese-style house if you want.

The fee of ¥3000 includes all-you-can-eat picked apples and carry-out of two.

You can book the service from the reservation form on their English website. Tour times are two hours in length, from 13:30 to 15:30 daily. They are closed on Sundays. Reservations are required by noon of the day (preferably by the previous day). The season continues until November 30.

Learn about other Nagano orchards (without pick-up service) and more info about fruits including grapes.

Akira Matsuo

Akira Matsuo @akira.matsuo

Nice to see you in this useful and cool website! I was born in Osaka and moved to Nagoya, then, Tokyo. After I founded my company MT Laboratories and work all day and night, I moved both my residence and company to a beautiful castle town, Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. Living in this area sur...