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Wakayama Prefecture is full of attractions such as nature and world heritage sites, and is a tourist destination that is attracting attention from both Japan and overseas. Fruits and vegetables grown in Wakayama Prefecture in a warm climate are also famous for their deliciousness. The harvest and sh...

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1. What kind of place is Wakayama Prefecture?

1-1 You can travel in stable weather

Wakayama Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of the Kinki region, and because it stretches from north to south, the climate is different in the north and south. Parts of the southern part of the country are susceptible to typhoons and have a lot of rainfall, but outside of the typhoon season, summers are relatively cool and winters are warm. On the other hand, the northern part of the country has a Seto Inland Sea-style climate, and the weather is stable throughout the year.

1-2 Treasure trove of nature

Wakayama Prefecture is full of nature, with oceans, mountains, and rivers. In particular, 80% of the area is mountainous, and the ancient name of the country, ``Kiokuni,'' is said to come from the word ``Kuni no Kuni.''

1-3 Lots of seasonal gourmet food

Fruits and vegetables grown in Wakayama Prefecture in a warm climate are also famous for their deliciousness. The harvest and shipment of mandarin oranges, persimmons, and plums that have received plenty of sunlight is No. 1 in Japan! Approximately 65% ​​of plums are harvested in Wakayama Prefecture. If you go to Wakayama Prefecture, be sure to try some fruits and vegetables.

2. Seasonal fruits from Wakayama Prefecture! Let's try Arida mandarin and persimmons!

2-1 Arida mandarin

2-1-1 High quality stone stage terrace field

From October to December, the mandarin orange mountain that spans the Aridagawa River, which bisects the city, is dyed in orange. Most of the sloping mandarin orange orchards are stone wall stair-shaped fields. Stone walls have a heat-retaining effect, drainage effect, and light-reflecting effect, and are the secret to making delicious mandarin oranges.

2-1-2 Harvest at the best time

The first type of mandarin oranges to be harvested is called extremely early. In Arita, harvest begins in October. In Arita, efforts are being made to cultivate varieties that place an emphasis on flavor, and varieties such as ``Yura Wase'' are extremely popular because although they may look green on the outside, they have a certain content (thick taste, thin inner bag, etc.). It is the center of early maturation. Early mandarin oranges are harvested in November. Similarly, varieties such as ``Taguchi Wase'' and ``Miyagawa Wase'' are mainstream, with emphasis on taste. Once the early ripening crop is harvested, the middle ripening (nakate) and late ripening (okute) will follow.

2-1-3 Has history and tradition

Cultivation of mandarin oranges began in the Arita area about 450 years ago. The mandarin oranges produced in the Arita area have been affectionately known as "Arida mandarin" since ancient times.

2-2 Lots of sweetness! Wakayama persimmons

Persimmons are a fruit that has been loved by Japanese people for a long time, and Wakayama Prefecture is the largest producer in Japan! Arita also has persimmon fields.

[Tour from Osaka] Day trip to the authentic Wakayama! Arida mandarin picking and Kishu persimmon picking

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