Stay in a farmhouse in the town where fruit is always in season
The city of Kinokawa developed long ago as a fruit-producing region thanks to a temperate climate and fertile soil provided by the Kinokawa River. Boasting fresh fruit available year-round, Kinokawa draws visitors with the passion of its farmers, and of course the promise of world-class fruit.
Regional foods: Tea Rice Porridge
In addition to the clear waters of the Kinokawa River, the development of local agriculture owes much to chagayu, or tea rice porridge, which has long been a staple of local fruit farmers. This hearty dish is a harmonious blend of rice and the pleasant bitterness of the tea. Also called okaisan, tea rice porridge has been handed down as a local tradition with deep roots on the Kinokawa dinner table.
Regional foods: Fruit Pasta
Visit local farms to buy the region’s famous fruit, or even pick it yourself while enjoying the beauty of the orchards. Purchase not only jam, but a variety of innovative fruit products such as sushi, pasta, and dessert confections, all made with local fruit. Events are held to provide nutritional education, particularly about fruit, and to promote the many benefits that fruit offers.
Scenery: Blooming Peach Trees
The blossoming peach trees along the Kinokawa River have been selected as one of the top 100 aromatic landscapes of Japan for the enchanting haze of pink blossoms and the faintly sweet scent that hangs in the air, entrancing visitors. Make sure to also visit Kokawadera Temple to see its rock garden filled with eye-catching arrangements unlike any other garden in Japanese .
Activities: Peach Jam Making
As expected, in Kinokawa you can try all kinds of fruit-related experiences like picking fruit and making jam, but there is much more to explore and experience! Go paragliding in the largest flight area in Western Japan or go canoeing on the Kinokawa River.
Sightseeing route: Peach Picking
If you are planning a trip to major destinations such as Osaka, Wakayama Castle, Mount Koya, or Nanki Shirahama via Kansai Airport, why not fit in a side trip to Kinokawa? Pick fruit yourself and sample the local cooking to experience the charm of Japanese agriculture firsthan
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