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Fruit Picking in Kansai (October) 2011/8/31 17:08
I'm bringing my 2-year old to Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara) end of October. I would like to visit a farm for her to pick fruits and learn that fruits grow on trees/bushes and not just in supermarkets.

Saw from this website (http://honyaku.yahoofs.jp/url_result?ctw_=sT,eCR-JE,bT,hT,uaHR0cDovL3d...) that end October would still be in season for apples, oranges / persimmons.

I found Harvest Hill and Toudabashi City Agricultural Park which are about 1+hour away from Osaka. Are they recommended? We don't know any Japanese language. Would it be advisable to try to make our way there? Or any other suggestions of farms that we can try nearer train stations instead?

And appreciate too if you have any other suggestions where I can bring a 2 year old. Thanks!
by Ming (guest)  

grape till mid Oct 2011/8/31 23:57
There are some grape u-pick farms in the town of Kashiwara near Osaka but note that seasons ends around mid Oct.
http://www.city.kashiwara.osaka.jp/jichisuishin/english/places.htm
You can email them for more info.:
info@city.kashiwara.osaka.jp

The following has some info. in English:
http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/search/detail/sightseeing_5661.html
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Thanks... 2011/9/1 02:30
thanks for the reply. How about chestnuts? I think they are still around end of October.

Also saw this http://www.rokkosan.net/ where there's sheep shearing. Any reviews. Basically I really want to let my 2 year old enjoy herself after all the temple visitng.
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some thoughts 2011/9/1 13:03
Unlike the fruit growing region in Yamanashi Prefecture, there are comparatively less u-pick fruit farms in the Kansai area. The following is another one in the Osaka region. It seems that during late Oct you can pick orange and dig for potato and radish. Chestnut season is from late Sept to early Oct.
http://www12.ocn.ne.jp/~nanraku/mikaku.htm

The farm experience in Rokko-san looks nice and should prove fun for kids. If you kid like animals, I am sure she will love to feed those deer in Nara-koen while you are in Nara.

If not restricted to outdoor farm and u-pick activities, kids in Osaka should have a great time in the ever popular Universal Studio and the Kaiyukan Aquarium.

Also highly recommended is the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum which is only a short 20 min train ride from Osaka. We had a great time there and my wife, together with dozens of Japanese kids, enjoyed making her own cup noodle to take home as a souvenir.
http://www.nissin-noodles.com/english.htm

The latest attraction in Osaka is the Dotonbori Konamon Museum where you can taste different kinds of takoyaki under one roof. Your daughter can also enroll to do some takoyaki DIY in the workshop as well.
http://www.shirohato.com/konamon-m/
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