Japan takes special pride in its seasonal foods. Picking your own fruit (or vegetables, nuts, etc.) is very popular in country areas like Minamiboso. After all, you can’t get fresher than fruit straight from the vine!
This post lists popular fruits and more in Chiba Prefecture and their picking season. Check out the PDF for a color-coded chart.
It might be worth noting that “picking,” or gari, usually means “all you can eat” for a certain amount of time, and if you want to take some home you have to pay extra. So don’t eat before you go! Haha.
Chiba Prefecture Fruit/Veg/etc. Picking Calendar
|ITEM||PICKING PERIOD||MAIN AREAS
(Bold = Boso Area)
|Manila Clam (asari)||mid March – early Sept.||Kisarazu, Futtsu, Funabashi|
|Bamboo sprout (take no ko)||late March – mid May||Otaki, Kimitsu, Chiba, Minamiboso|
|Loquat (biwa)||mid March – June||Minamiboso|
|Blueberry||mid June – late Sept.||Kisarazu, Sodegaura, Futtsu, Isumi, Katsuura, Chiba, Ichihara,Yachiyo, Sammu, Mutsuzawa, Abiko, Kashiwa, Kamagaya|
|Grape (budou)||early August – early Oct.||Katori, Chiba, Sammu, Kamagaya, Togane, Sodegaura|
|Pear (nashi)||early August – early Nov.||Ichikawa, Matsudo, Kashiwa, Shiroi, Kamagaya, Yachiyo, Sammu, Kisarazu, Chiba|
|Fig (ichijiku)||mid August – mid Nov.||Tateyama, Nagara, Sodegaura|
|Peanut (rakkasei)||early Sept. – mid Oct.||Yachimata, Narita, Katori, Minamiboso, Sakura, Sammu, Nagara, Kisarazu, Sodegaura|
|Sweet potato (satsumaimo)||early Sept. – mid Nov.||Katori, Narita, Chiba, Abiko, Yachiyo, Sodegaura, Nagara|
|Mandarin orange (mikan)||mid Oct. – late Dec.||Minamiboso, Kamogawa, Ichihara|
|Strawberry (ichigo)||late Dec. – late May||Sammu, Tateyama, Kimitsu, Chiba, Tonosho, Asahi, Narita, Kujukuri, Futtsu, Sodegaura, Ichihara, Shiroi, Togane, Ichinomiya, Kisarazu, Choshi, Sosa, Mutsuzawa, Nagara, Otaki, Minamiboso, Kyonan, Kamagaya, Mobara, Funabashi|
|*Flower picking: rape blossoms, snapdragon, stock, poppy||Jan. – May||Minamiboso, Kamogawa, Kyonan, Tateyama|
*List translated and reformatted from “Chiba Kankou Mappu” by the Chiba Prefectural Tourism & Local Products Association.
Note: This list is not exhaustive. Main areas indicate where the item is grown, sourced, etc. and usually not the only place where picking is available. Some items listed are available for picking out of season in greenhouses.