With the summer heat beginning to fade and the long-awaited arrival of Autumn not far away, now is the perfect time to make the most of the country’s delicious apples.
Lying 420 metres above sea level, and blessed with a cool climate and plenty of fresh groundwater, the expansive Mitsuse Plateau in Saga Prefecture is well known for the high quality of its expertly grown apples, cultivated in individual pouches.
Its Maruyasu Orchard boasts more than thirty types of apples across its approximate three hundred apple trees, with every apple ready to be eaten whole, freshly picked and unpeeled. The orchard also hosts an ‘all you can eat’ apple eating contest (the current record amount eaten is a whopping fourteen!) and any apples you don’t manage to eat can, of course, be taken home with you.
And if that’s not tempting enough, another great favourite is apple pie made from the orchard’s apples. If you’re looking for a great day out for friends and family, why not come and enjoy an Autumn picnic – Japanese style? You might even beat the record fourteen!


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