Bucketlisted! One of the reasons why I revisited Japan is to do the thing that I have been wanting to do since I was a child. I have been dreaming of fruit picking apples, grapes, peaches and cherries. I really wanted to do apple picking but the apple season has not started yet so I had no other choice but to do grapes. I did not research before I booked the ticket so it was kind of a disappointment. Nevertheless, I was able to enjoy the whole experience. (Read: How To Maximize the Full Value of JR Pass?)
Getting to Yamanashi from Kyoto was a breeze. I took an overnight bus and arrived in Yamanashi around 3am. It was cold and I don’t know where to spend the rest of the night so I went to a nearby Family Mart and stayed there for a while. Around 5am, the train station was already opened so I went there to check the schedule of the train going to Isawaonsen station, the jump off point to Miharashien.
Miharashien offers fruit for picking throughout the year—strawberries from January to May, peaches from June to August, grapes from early August to late November, and apples from late October to late November. In spring, it commands a view of peach blossoms in full bloom.
Going to Miharashien was challenging. I don’t want to pay for an expensive cab trip so I decided to take a bus and walk. Good thing, a bus driver helped me get on the right bus and he talked to the driver to drop me off to the bus stop closest to Miharashien. I thought it was near but it took me almost an hour to walk from the bus stop to the fruit picking place. It wasn’t that hot so walking was kinda fun but I almost quit. Hahaha.
When I finally able to reach the place, it felt so good. Finally, a dream-come-true! I did not waste time and immediately paid and started my grapes picking experience. It was an unforgettable journey. I’d definitely do it again in the future. I had so much fun!