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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.

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