Grape Picking in Ajimu

Oita is lush with various fruits, and one in particular are grapes. A 30 minute drive from Usa takes us to Ajimu, an area famous for grape growing and award-winning wineries. Within this district is 歩くように (Able to Walk), a grape growing house, that we (myself and other English teachers) decide to visit one rainy afternoon.

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When we arrive, we are met by a man who shows us a table of different grapes laid neatly in plates. He tells us that at the age of 50, he left his job to follow his passion to grow as many grape varieties as possible. He’s managed to grow 40 different varieties throughout the year, and there are 9 in season on the table.

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There are numbers printed on pieces of paper sitting next to each plate. Here, he instructs us to taste every one. Once we decide which one we like the most, we are allowed to enter the greenhouse to pick your grape of choice.

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All the grapes bunches are already bagged, and we only need to pick the one (or more) that we would like.

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Making my selection.
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Scissors are offered onsite.
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After our haul, we head back to the tables to pay. They are definitely the most expensive grapes I’ve ever purchased, but that doesn’t come into consideration once we take them home to eat. They are what you only dream grapes taste like, and I wouldn’t have any qualms coming back to get some more, once I’ve devoured these.

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Scenery on the way home.

On our way back home, we stop for lunch and ice cream by a local grocery store.

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The grape ice cream is a must try!

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Finally, at home, we try one of the grapes that we’ve bought. These. Are. Fantastic. I wish I could send them to everyone to try, because it must tasted to be truly appreciated and to understand how different these taste.

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http://www.ajimunouen.com

8 thoughts on “Grape Picking in Ajimu

    1. Mika Senda

      Ooooh looks like they’re going to be in season soon too! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for them. So far, all the seasonal fruits have been FANTASTIC, so I bet the nashi are great as well!

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  1. Dee

    Those grapes look interesting! The green house looked soooo cool! And the food and ice cream looked delicious also! One of my favourite parts is the illustration at the top of this blog 💕

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    1. Mika Senda

      Thanks! I’ll keep up the illustrations and pepper them throughout. 🙂
      The grapes we AMAZING. They didn’t taste like grapes they were so good. No exaggeration.

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  2. Bee Hong

    I’m going late Oct/Nov 2019. Those grapes look so good!

    Can I ask how can we get here by public transportation if we don’t drive?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    1. Mika Senda

      Hi Bee! Depending on where you’re leaving from, it might be an idea to take a taxi to Ajimu (安心院) bus stop, then take the bus to the closest stop to 大村(宇佐市) (Omura). This is about a 20 minute walk to 歩くように, the grape farm. The reason I suggest this is because it looks fairly challenging to get to Ajimu bus station, say, if you’re leaving from Usa Station, based on this map that I’m looking at online: http://www.busnavi-oita.com/images/map/usa.pdf. Ajimu bus station will be close to another taxi station, so when you’re heading back there should be a taxi close by to take you home. There are only 4 buses heading to and returning back from Omura station (on the weekday), so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. Schedule for that bus here: https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/bus/00255154/00050180/0/

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