Late June is when plants start to bear fruit in Sapporo and its neighboring areas of Eniwa and Chitose. In parts of the Sapporo area, enjoy fruits, beginning with strawberries and going on to cherries, apples and more. There are many farms for visitors in and around Sapporo. Fruit picking is conveniently accessible from downtown. This is a major attraction of Sapporo. Fruit cultivation was introduced in 1872 or 1873 by Horace Capron, who was invited as an advisor to the Hokkaido Development Office. Hokkaido's cool weather suits fruit growing. Sweetberry honeysuckle, primarily found in Hokkaido, has come to be grown. Sweets made from fresh fruit are also worthy of note.
The first apples in Japan are said to have been produced in 1879 in experimental fields near the main building of the Hokkaido Development Office. Various plants were grown there: pears, grapes, apricots. Apples received particular attention, and many varieties were imported for growing. Torazo Suibara was later given a seedling from the office, and he opened Suibara Apple Farm near Nakajima Park. The first private fruit farm in Japan, it became very popular. In the third decade of the Meiji era (around 1900), Sapporo accounted for about 40% of Hokkaido's apple acreage. The city was the center of apple cultivation.
You'll find more than eighty apple trees of twelve varieties in the median strip of Kanjo-dori from the Toyohira Ward Office in Toyohira, Sapporo, to National Highway 36. The length is about 1.1 km, and the row of apple trees is the symbol of the street. Hiragishi Apples was the main apple brand in Sapporo at the end of Meiji era. In memory of this brand, a row of apple trees was planted here in 1974. After the first crop, around 1882, production of Hiragishi Apples steadily increased. An association was established to improve cultivation methods. It improved the quality and quantity of apple production. Hiragishi Apples weren't sold only in Hokkaido. Farmers even tried to export them overseas. Hiragishi Apples became so popular that the Apple Festival was started.
Apple trees appear as a little oasis along the national highway
Orchards concentrate around the Shirakawa, Misumai and Toyotaki districts of Minami Ward, Sapporo. The weather and climate are suitable for fruit cultivation in those areas, and the acreage of fruit planting was expanded in the early 20th century. The area is known affectionately by locals as "fruit road." From spring to autumn, direct-sales stands line city roads, selling cherries, apples and peaches. You'll also find many spots where you can enjoy picking fruit. In Kitahiroshima, efforts have been made to foster exchanges between local people and fruit producers. Pick sweetberry honeysuckle, which is said to have originated in Hokkaido and is flourishing in Eniwa and Chitose. Picking fruit amidst sweet fragrances is a must-do summer activity in Sapporo.
Pleasantly sweet and tart sweetberry honeysuckle is often used in confections.
Strawberry-picking at Farm Kacha
Source: Sapporo Bunko
This park opened in April 2012 as a place for exchanges between generations and between people in farming villages and towns. Pick sweetberry honeysuckle here. Confections that feature sweetberry honeysuckle can be enjoyed in the park. Note: Sweetberry honeysuckle-picking is scheduled to be enjoyed from late June to late July.
(Upper photo: Sweetberry honeysuckle, "a fruit of youth and longevity," is rich in calcium and vitamin C.)
(Lower photo: Soft-serve ice cream with sweetberry honeysuckle and blueberry sauce: 300 yen at Rurumappu)
A coffee house renovated from an apple storehouse. The first Lloyd's Coffee shop opened in 1984, specializing in coffee with a "genuine flavor." (Upper photo: An apple tree stands next to the coffee shop. The shop's brick exterior attracts attention.)
Four orchards in the Poro area of Hamamasu Ward are open for cherry picking from late June to August. (The picking season depends on the weather.)
(Upper photo: The cherries at the Zenseien farm are on low trees, making them easy for small kids and the elderly to reach.)
The seven farms belonging to the Liaison Council for Strawberry Producers in Kitahiroshima are open for strawberry picking from mid June to mid July.600 yen for elementary schoolers or over; 300 yen for preschoolers (free for ages 3 or below)
(Upper photo: Tsukamoto Farm Furusatokurabu (332 Kitanosato) produces strawberries using organic and low-chemical cultivation methods.)
Here we introduce farms and shops where you can taste sweets made from fresh fruit. There are many places additional to these. The Shinshinotsu Direct-Sales Market sells seasonal soft-serve ice cream made from Shinshinotsu strawberries. Gelateria Mirtillo in Chitose grows organic blueberries. Why not stop at one of these places on your drive?
Taste pizza and pasta made with vegetables grown on this farm. Desserts featuring seasonal fruits are popular. Encounter goats, sheep and other animals.
280 yen for a single scoop, 370 yen for two scoops.
Artlaczé is a specialty shop whose gelato maestro was certified by the Associazione Giapponese Gelaterie. The gelato is made every morning. It has an exquisite look and melts smoothly on your tongue.
320 yen for a single scoop, 400 yen for two scoops (from mid-June to mid-July).
Savor the texture of farm-grown strawberries. Sawayaka Milk from Kobayashi Ranch and pasteurized milk from Hakodate are used.