Lunch and Orange Picking at Gamagori Orange Park

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Inside Gamagori Orange Park in Aichi Prefecture, Japan

During our second day in Japan, we spent our morning touring one of Toyota’s plants to see up close the manufacturing processes that have made Toyota the world’s most successful producer of automobiles.

 

After our visit in Toyota Motors, we headed straight to Gamagori Orange Park in Aichi prefecture to have lunch and pick some oranges.

Situated on the coast of Mikawa Bay in southeastern Aichi prefecture, Gamag?ri is known as the regional commercial center and fishing port; it is also noted for its production of oranges.

 

Gamagori also features onsens or hot spring resorts and some of them are located near its beach front. Most of the hot springs are famous for the medicinal properties of its water. This is the reason why a lot of local and foreign tourists visit these hot spring resorts.

Gamagori Orange Park Shop
Gamagori Orange Park Shop

Upon arrival at Gamagori Orange Park, we proceeded to the restaurant to try out their famous Asari Kamamabushi Gozen lunch. This meal is composed of clam kamameshi, kishimen pot, tempura, eggplant miso, grilled Pacific saury, seasoned cod, a roe of sardines, Tsukudani clams, and pickles.

Spicy Japanese Noodles for Lunch
Spicy Japanese Noodles for Lunch

Lunch Set at Gamagori Orange Park Restaurant
Lunch Set at Gamagori Orange Park Restaurant

One of the restaurant’s staff was exceptionally friendly and to our surprise, she spoke Tagalog. She definitely helped us decide what to order and she even recommended that we try their freshly squeezed orange which was directly picked from their farm.

How to Pick Oranges
How to Pick Oranges

Our lunch experience was then followed by a quick visit to Gamagori Orange Park to do orange picking ourselves. Although orange picking can be done all year round, our visit was perfect since October to December was actually the best period for picking oranges.

Orange Picking at Gamagori Orange Park
Orange Picking at Gamagori Orange Park

Upon reaching the orange orchard, we noticed a Filipina-looking staff. And we were right! We verified she was Pinoy after hearing her say “Kamusta po kayo?” She then assisted us and explained how to properly pick and how to spot a sweet one.

Gamagori Orange Park
Gamagori Orange Park

Inside the park, our entrance fee already includes a license to eat as many oranges as we can consume. However, bringing oranges outside the orchard involves an additional fee. Gamagori Orange Park has a 2.5-hectare orange farm with 25,000 mandarin orange trees and a 2.4-hectare greenhouse area where strawberries and melons are grown at different times of the year.

Melo at Gamagori Orange Park
Melo at Gamagori Orange Park

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Gamagori Orange Park
Address: Ogurimi 1-93, Seida-cho, Gamagori-city, Aichi 443-0002
Phone: (0533) 68-1101
Fax: (0533) 68-2321
EMail: mail@orepa.jp,
Website: http://www.orepa.jp/

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