Our onsen town, Togura Kamiyamada is fortunate to have U-Pick grape orchards just a short 4-5 minutes away. Here at Kamesei Ryokan, we serve our guests fresh-picked local grapes as dessert with their dinners during the month of September which is grape season around here. I go to the orchards on a regular basis to buy grapes directly from the growers. And every once in a while I take our kids and even sometimes our guests. This time, I took Ms. Shimizu, one of our room attendants here at Kamesei. It is important for her to be able to give local sightseeing and activities advice to our guests, and the best way for her to be able to do that is to see and do herself. That's why she is picking grapes in this orchard.
Depending on the grower, the season will run until early October. Some are already starting to finish up, though, so if you want to enjoy an onsen + grape picking holiday, you'll have to hurry!