Yamanashi Grape Picking

Yamanashi Lunch
[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.

Yamanashi Lunch
Unfortunately, we were caught in bad traffic due to the long weekend and arrived at our lunch destination after a 3 hours of drive.

Yamanashi Lunch
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.

Yamanashi Lunch
Window seats for the lucky couple.

Yamanashi Lunch
Recommended drink was their peach or grapes juice soda. I highly recommend the peach one as it tasted much better. 😛

Yamanashi Lunch
Love salads in Japan as the greens are always served fresh and you can really get the crunch out of the vegetables.

Yamanashi Lunch
When autumn arrives, we also get to eat a lot of delicious pumpkins so this cold pumpkin cream soup was yummy too.

Yamanashi Lunch
Beef steak in red wine sauce.

Yamanashi Lunch
Pork chop sauteed with grapes.

Yamanashi Lunch
Grilled salmon with white cream sauce.

Address:ビストロ・ミル・プランタン山梨県甲州市勝沼町下岩崎2097-1

Yamanashi Grape Picking
With a full stomach we still headed on for our eat all you can grape picking at Miharashi Fruit Orchard.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
Beautiful grapes season!

Yamanashi Grape Picking
You can also buy some back home if you are still hungry for more grapes.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
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.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
The vines were built low and so all of us had to walk hunched back. The shaded tables were all full.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
So we initially just squatted down to eat our grapes but it was a little taxing on our knees.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
Delicious Kyoho grapes

Yamanashi Grape Picking
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)

Yamanashi Grape Picking
Only a few bunches of good looking ones were still around.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
I am so going to miss all these fruits from Japan.

Yamanashi Grape Picking
A shade of green and purple grapes.

Yamanshi
Yamanashi view!

Ruji Water Shaved Ice
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.

Address:信水堂山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町船津7673-1

Yamanashi Giant grape
Though we ate a lot of grapes.

Yamanashi Giant grape
But we can’t resist not buying this giant grapes for 1600JPY a bunch. See how big it is !

Yamanshi Hotou
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)

Yamanshi Hotou
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.

Yamanshi Hotou
The mushroom houto was very delicious as it was filled with different types of local mushrooms.

Yamanshi Hotou
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*

Address:小作 河口湖店山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町船津1638-1

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