Nagano’s apple season has officially started. Tobita-san from Crown Farm dropped off some first-pick deep-red ‘akibae’ and shiny-yellow ‘Shinano gold’ apples for us. Those and a few other early-season varieties like the tart ‘kogyoku’ will continue through October before transitioning to fuji’s in November.
The orchard is only 5 minutes by car (15 minutes by bicycle) from Onsen Town Togura-Kamiyamada. They offer all-you-can-eat picking, as well as tasting. And Tobita-san and his wife speak English and German.
Nothing beats the sweetness of a freshly-picked Nagano apple.