ACTIVITIES & EXPERIENCES

Rural Japan at Its Best

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Agritourism is booming around the world and the fruit farming communities in Wakayama are the perfect place to experience authentic rural life. Farm stays feature B&B-style accommodation and experiences from rice planting to fruit picking and a chance to join in local life. Such farms are known as 'noka minpaku'. Most noka minpaku also offer activities for non-staying guests.

Experience farm life at Kitora, a 300 year-old traditional farmhouse that sleeps up to five guests. Depending on the season, you can take part in activities including rice planting, vegetable harvesting, wood cutting and pottery.

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Run by a well-travelled young couple, Jugemu is an organic farm and B&B in rural Wakayama. Here you can pick tea leaves and brew your own green tea, cook dishes in a kamado (traditional-style oven), try your hand at rice planting or choose from one of many other activities. Stays can be booked through Airbnb.

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If you are interested in organic farming, pay a visit to Hananone, an organic farm opened in 2011. Guests can stay on the farm, get hands-on farming experience and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area. To book a stay and for more information on activities offered, contact the farm directly.

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A cosy farm B&B, Noka Minpaku Matsuyama is in Kinokawa, a short distance from Wakayama City. The owners of the farm offer a range of activities for staying and non-staying guests to enjoy. These include fruit picking, craft workshops and outdoor cooking sessions.

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Yatoda Shizenjuku

Fishing, Hiking & Tea Picking

37-2 Nishi-Konogawa, Inami Town

The Yatoda family welcomes visitors to stay on their farm and experience rural life. They offer a wide range of activities and experiences to enjoy, including fishing and hiking year round and tea picking and rice harvesting in season.

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To experience the life of a peach farmer, pay a visit to Wakaba Noen, where you can try your hand at farm work, tend the peach trees and even pick a few peaches when in season. Accommodation is available and can be booked through Airbnb. The friendly farmer and his wife are accustomed to welcoming visitors from overseas.

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Wakayama is famed for its mandarin oranges, called mikan. Learn about the fruit and help out with some of the farm work at this working mandarin farm. You can visit for the day or stay overnight. Mandarins are in season for picking from autumn to early winter.

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Mirai Noen is a fruit farm in Tanabe run by a friendly farming family. They welcome guests to stay and experience life on the farm. Highlights include mandarin and ume picking in the cooler months. If you enjoy fishing, let the farmer know and he will gladly take you on his boat.

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