We all have that love and hate relationship with the scourging summer. But between those lines, I’m sure we can all agree what an amazing season it is!
Currently in Japan (or maybe even now in your own country), we are gearing towards the peak of the summer season. That also would mean that the most anticipated summer break is just around the corner! We all have our own ways of spending it (celebrate it even). So now that I finally have a good – long month work off, I want to share my own summer adventures with you guys – and it all starts at the peach (and grapes) town of Fuefuki.
Within an hour and a half drive from the central city of Gotemba, across the Lake Kawaguchi and the Mt. Fuji itself is a city called Fuefuki that is abundant of this season’s highlight: peaches!
From late June to early August is the peak season of peaches in Japan. That means a lot of fruit picking farms are opening its doors again for visitors. If you’ve read my blog story before, you would know my growing fondness in fruit picking, and a chance to try it again just makes my heart flutter!
We headed to the Misaka Farm in the higher grounds of Yamanashi Prefecture. For only 13 dollars (prices may also vary by picking course),you can roam around under their array of peach trees and you can pick their delicious peaches yourself. Take note that in this particular farm, you can only pick two pieces to take home with you as a souvenir. If you think these aren’t just enough, worry not because an all-you-can-eat peaches is waiting for you after heading back to the farm’s main cottage.
Take your time, you have an entire day to devour as many peaches as you want. You also need to peel it all by yourself. At that time, I just realized that I actually don’t know how to properly peel peaches. Now without any proper peeling ability, eating these peaches can get very messy. But hey, I was able to eat six of them and I’m actually quite proud of it! 🙂
Anyway, if you are all looking for something different to do this summer, please take a chance to travel to the Peach Town (or any fruit farm for that matter) and try fruit picking. It’s a pastime worth sharing and an experience so refreshing even in the hottest season of the year.