Last week, the entire family spent the weekend at the hot spa resort of Atagawa, Izu Peninsula in Japan. We visited a wonderful rose garden and an orange orchard. The orchard was a “mikan gari” which means you pay a fixed charge and they give you a pair of scissors that you take with you and pick any number of oranges you want and eat them on the spot! The charge per head was a reasonable 400 yen (about 4.5 dollars).
View from the orange orchard overlooking the sea and the island of Oshima in the distance
Pick as many as you like but eat ‘em!
Delicious oranges waiting to be picked and eaten!
The trees were planted in a terraced garden – it appears that these oranges don’t like cold, and such an arrangement is quite suitable for growing oranges, so the owner told me.
This was a fun place and I like the concept. The owner does not need labor to pick oranges, the visitors would gladly pay the reasonable charge and have a good time eating as many oranges as they like – a mutually-beneficial arrangement. The owner even picked us up from the railway station and dropped us back after the visit. We had a great time at this orchard. Japan has various “eat-as-much-as-you-like” orchards including strawberry, pear, grapes and so on.
We visited the Bagatelle Park, about 10 minutes by bus from Kawazu station in the afternoon. It was opened, in a tie-up with the park of the same name in Paris. Three of the park’s five hectares are devoted to a reproduction of the Paris park’s Rose Garden, thus recreating the atmosphere of the French capital in the 18th century.
Entrance to the Bagatelle Rose Garden
The garden included some magnificent specimens of roses – let the photos speak for themselves!
Yellow with tinges of pink
We had our fill of oranges and roses and returned to Tokyo tired but happy!
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