[Throwback September] In Japan, seasons are well differentiated with the change of fashion and food too! In August and September, it means grape picking or loads of grapes for you to stuff till you are full. Since some of the famous grapes come from Yamanashi which is only 1.5 hours drive away from Tokyo (with no traffic), the same group of us rented a car this time after our summer cherry picking adventure.
Unfortunately, we were caught in bad traffic due to the long weekend and arrived at our lunch destination after a 3 hours of drive.
This bistro is quite popular is in this region, we were lucky to get the last big table for lunch. Table pieces was vases filled with grapes. Interesting.
Window seats for the lucky couple.
Recommended drink was their peach or grapes juice soda. I highly recommend the peach one as it tasted much better. :P
Love salads in Japan as the greens are always served fresh and you can really get the crunch out of the vegetables.
When autumn arrives, we also get to eat a lot of delicious pumpkins so this cold pumpkin cream soup was yummy too.
Beef steak in red wine sauce.
Pork chop sauteed with grapes.
Grilled salmon with white cream sauce.
With a full stomach we still headed on for our eat all you can grape picking at Miharashi Fruit Orchard.
Beautiful grapes season!
You can also buy some back home if you are still hungry for more grapes.
After a short introduction of the rules, we were each given a bucket and a pair of scissors and off we went to “hunt” for our grapes.
The vines were built low and so all of us had to walk hunched back. The shaded tables were all full.
So we initially just squatted down to eat our grapes but it was a little taxing on our knees.
Delicious Kyoho grapes
Piece of advice for fruit picking, try to be there as early as possible. We did’t have too many good looking grapes when we went at 3pm as most of the good ones were gone (in someone else’s tummies)
Only a few bunches of good looking ones were still around.
I am so going to miss all these fruits from Japan.
A shade of green and purple grapes.
We rushed down to this shaved ice shop before its closing time of 5pm but it was already closed when we arrived. Apparently, they close their shop once they sell out their shaved ice. This shop is popular for their shaved ice as they are supposed to use Mount Fuji water to make their shaved ice. Saving this location, hopefully have the chance to visit it in future.
Though we ate a lot of grapes.
But we can’t resist not buying this giant grapes for 1600JPY a bunch. See how big it is !
Since we didn’t get the chance to have shaved ice, we decided to have an early dinner instead and since you can’t leave Yamanashi without eating some of their famous houto (thick flat udon)
This restaurant offers alot of ways to cook the houto, like in chakon style which is sumo hot spot style. Our guy friend who was ordered it felt it was too filling as he could only eat half.
The mushroom houto was very delicious as it was filled with different types of local mushrooms.
I still need to figure out how to make a thick and flavorful miso soup….We concluded that our trip was a eating trip as we never stopped eating after arriving in Yamanashi. *patting tummy*