As the cold ber-months brought chills down to my bones, it has also carried the sweetest scent of the ripest fruit of this season – apples! Yes, those flaming color of deliciousness hanging around to its fragile stems is no doubt the cherry on top of autumn.
Like how Snow White has been lured to eating them, I too was like snatched away and traveled far all the way to the high mountains of Yamanashi, Japan to pick them myself. As you may have connected the pieces, I went apple picking! As you can see, I’ve always been fond of fruit picking. I did one in spring with oranges and strawberries and in summer with peaches (all that you can read from my previous blog posts). 🙂
Typically, these (fruit) farms are located in the higher regions of the country. The areas surrounding Mt. Fuji like Yamanashi and Kanagawa Prefecture have always been the best choice for us, plus it’s an easy access from Tokyo by bus. Like most of the fruit farms in Japan, visitors are given a specific time limit to roam around and pick their fruits. That being said, you can eat to your heart’s content!
Visiting an apple farm is something I’ve always dreamed of doing as a child especially for someone like me who grew up in a generally warm country. Would you believe that this is my first time seeing a full grown apple tree? I’m sure you can imagine my priceless reaction when I did. Now, I must say I am quite proud of myself for not letting go of that little childhood dream of mine.
Anyway, apple picking is only one of the amazing things you can experience in autumn. This is perhaps the best time to go out and enjoy the chilly-warm weather or simply just relax and snuggle in your knitted sweater with a warm cocoa at home.