Grapes have been grown in Yamanashi for over a thousand years. You can pick your own grapes in this beautiful Kofu City vineyard on the lower slopes of Mount Atago. It was an easy 15 minutes on foot from Kofu Station. I visited on a showery afternoon in mid-August, and was offered 5 different varieties of grape to try. The vineyard was a very beautiful place, even on such a damp, grey day. It must be wonderful when sunshine filters through the canopy of vines. As for the flavor of the grapes, they were absolutely the best grapes I have ever eaten!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.