Glittering in the morning dew,
sweet fruits as red as rubies

Early Morning Cherry Picking

Early Morning Cherry Picking

As spring yields to summer, vibrant red fruits decorate the cherry orchards of Yamagata Prefecture. First introduced to the area in 1876, cherries are now synonymous with Yamagata—accounting for 70% of all cherries grown in Japan. Yamagata’s climate is uniquely suited to cherry cultivation, free of frost and protected from typhoons.

After 16 years of meticulous crossbreeding, local cherry farmers perfected the Sato Nishiki—the most-widely produced variety of Japanese cherries. With countless orchards stretching from one end of the prefecture to the other, cherry farmers open their fields to let guests pluck the ripe and ready fruits straight off the trees. On the misty summer mornings from mid-June through mid-July, early-bird travelers gather as many plump and juicy cherries as they can reach. Enjoy the taste of Japanese summer with delicious cherries from Yamagata Prefecture.