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Mandarin orange picking
(Yorii in Saitama prefecture)

Unshu mandarin oranges attract 15,000 visitors a year.

Activity/cultural experience facility

The most northern point for Unshu mandarine, Fupu and Kobayashi districts in Yorii town, attract 15,000 visitors every year. There are 13 orange farms in the Fupu district and 8 in the Kobayashi district.

The origin of mandarin farming culture here goes back about 400 years to the Tensho era (1573-1593). The Hojo clan, who ruled this area that time, first transplanted Koji mandarins (fukure) from Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture. Later, in 1821, Yahachi Tajima, a native of Fupu, came across Ehime mandarins in Shikoku, brought back the seedlings, and started cultivating them. It is said that they began to sell directly to hungry city people seeking food in the countryside during the post-war food shortage period.

Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the two districts are fed by the Fupu River, which originates from the Yamato-mizu spring near the top of Mount Kamafuse. Taking advantage of the basin's unique temperature inversion phenomenon, where the highlands are warmer than the lowlands, Unshu mandarins are cultivated on the slopes of the highlands. The mandarins in this area used to taste sweet and sour, but due to recent global warming, the sweetness degree is increasing every year.

The mandarin farms now offer a harvesting experience, sales of mandarin oranges and local vegetables, and homemade konjac oden with miso sauce. In the harvest season, a panoramic view of the multi-colored fall mountains opens up while picking mandarins. Enjoy the oranges and the scenery at the same time!

Highlights

  • Mandarin orange production that attracts 15,000 visitors a year.
  • Mandarins with 400 years of history.
  • Perfect activity to enjoy fall foliage and picking oranges at the same time.
  • You can taste local delicacies such as miso oden with homemade konjac.

Photos

  • Mandarin orange production that attracts 15,000 visitors a year.

    Mandarin orange production that attracts 15,000 visitors a year.

  • The Yorii mandarin with 400 years of history.

    The Yorii mandarin with 400 years of history.

  • Panoramic mountain view and picking oranges at the same time.

    Panoramic mountain view and picking oranges at the same time.

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Details

Name in Japanese
みかん狩り
Postal Code
369-1200
Address
Fupu or Kobayashi area, Yorii-machi O-aza, Osato-gun, Saitama Prefecture
Telephone
048-581-3012 (Yorii Town Tourist Association)
Fee
<Late October to mid-December> 600 yen (free mandarin tasting in the garden, some take away included)
Closed
Varies by facility
Hours
Varies depending on the facility.
Access
(1) About 30 or 40 minutes on foot from Hagure Station on the Chichibu Railway.
(2) About 15 minutes by car from Hanazono Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)