To this day the best fruit I have ever had was grown on Japanese soil. Ueda is home to some of the very best fruit farms and orchards on the planet. From apples to strawberries, to cherries and grapes, the variety and flavor offered in Nagano is unparalleled. Visiting these family-operated farms is a must for families, couples, and anyone who wants to sample Japanese agriculture at its finest. Don't forget to also grab some juice and jam for later!Chris <U.S.A>

Fruit Picking

Agricultural products made in fertile soil and cool weather are fresh, secure, and safe. Growing fruits is also active and you can pick grapes, apples, cherries, and strawberries during their harvest seasons.

Higashiyama Kanko Noen (Tourist Farm)

Fruit picking: Grapes - Sept thru Oct, Apples - Sept thru Nov, Strawberries - Jan thru June

Official Site (Japanese)

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 30 min by taxi, or 40 min on foot from Daigaku-mae Station on the Ueda Dentetsu Line

Silk Weaving – Watch and Try

Ueda used to be the center of silkworm culture industry in Japan. Even today, you can watch and try silk weaving, and buy silk souvenirs such as kimono, bags, and purses.

Koiwai Silk Studio


Hours 9:00 - 17:00
Closed Irregular (Actual weaving can be observed from Tue. to Thu., 9:00 - 15:00)
Admission Free to observe (the vase mat weaving workshop is ¥2,500, and reservations are required for groups of over 10 people)
Official Site (Japanese)

Access from Ueda Sta

  • Get off at Nishi-Ueda Station, and 5 min on foot

Fujimoto Silk Weaving Workshop


Hours 10:00 - 18:00
Closed Irregular
Admission Observation is free (up to 20 people, reservations required). Vase mat weaving workshops are available (up to 3 people per session, reservations required)

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 15 min on foot