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forms of culture. The plethora of fresh fruits is one such example and lady luck was sure shining on us as it was the perfect time to harvest the Kyoho grapes. These are large Japanese mountain grapes that can grow up to the size of a small plum and has a thick skin around that is easily separated from the flesh of the sweep grapes. Top quality Kyoho are a luxury item and can be quite expensive even in peak seasons. Within the grape tents, all of us had to crouched low while walking through and each bunch of grapes were wrapped in plastic to protect them from rain and dirty water. We were able to see the fruits of labour from five dedicated farmers that helped to manage all 4hectares of fruits within this very farm. During your visit, we highly recommend you to try the array of fresh ice cream flavours including rice, purple potato and cream cheese. The Northern Culture Museum has an in-house restaurant that serves cooked rice within a traditional pot (hagama). Here, not only can you explore the manor of Bunkichi Ito, the wealthiest landowner in Echigo, but
cuisine prepared by skilled chefs. When night falls, try out Ebisudai (䪹䫤a traditional izakaya that serves quality seafood and, one of the best omelette we’ve tasted in our lives.