AgriTourism in Japan: Persimmons

I have been living in Kobe, Japan for eight years now. Those who know me know that I am a huge fan of nature and all the little critters that fly, scamper and crawl about.

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to go sweet potato digging, but have not had the chance to pick fruit in Japan.

Luckily, as a Kobe Public Relations Ambassador, I had that chance today. As a Kobe PR Ambassador I volunteer my time to explore the city of Kobe and share it with the world via Twitter, Instagram (the big one for me), Facebook and YouTube. Today my wife and two children joined me as PR Ambassadors!

The City of Kobe will soon promoting AgriTourism (Agricultural Tourism) as a fun and unique way to experience the city of Kobe.

Kobe is an awesome city with loads of culture. It has a population of about 1.5 million people. It’s known for it’s fashion, food, beef, sweets, culture, etc. What many people don’t realize is that within a 30-40 minute drive from the downtown hub, there is an entire other world. In Kobe’s Nishi and Kita Wards, there are a wealth of farms! Everything from fruit to vegetables are grown within city limits.

Today my family and I spent our day picking and eating delicious persimmons (kaki カキ in Japanese) on a cool farm in Kobe’s Nishi Ward. We then went to the Nunobiki Ropeway and Nunobiki Herb Garden with a film crew. We had a great experience helping to promote the agricultural tourism in Kobe.

Soon there will be awesome opportunities for English-speaking visitors to Kobe to visit farms and pick fruit and veggies. It’s an amazing chance to explore a different side of Kobe.

I’ll be sharing more information about AgriTourism in Kobe in the near future.


Check out a few photos from today’s filming and persimmon picking!




Kevin O’Shea is the host of the Just Japan Podcast. He is also a professional educator with more than 14 years experience in Korea, Canada and Japan. Kevin is also a Kobe Public Relations Ambassador. 

Twitter: @jlandkev




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