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Flower Station “IKOMA Plateau” – Apple Picking & Cosmos Festival in 2016 – (Kobayashi City, Miyazaki)

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We visited Ikoma Plateau (Kobayashi City, Miyazaki) to enjoy apple picking!

Lucky the Cosmos Festival was held at the time of our visit♪

Big apples and colorful cosmos flowers were very impressive. 🙂

 

Arrival on Ikoma Plateau

It took about 1.5 hours to drive from Kagoshima City via Kyushu Highway to the plateau by car.

The shop appearance was different from the last year and became new!

See Article of Apple Picking in 2015

ikoma plateau apple park 

We entered the shop and found many fresh apples sold. 🙂

Every one of apples are very big and look delicious. I found my favorite apple “Gunma Meigetsu”!

(Personally I love the apple because it is sweeter than other kinds of apple)

ikoma plateau apple park 

 

We paid entrance fee and entered the picking park!

ikoma plateau apple park

 

You can pick different kinds of apples according to different season.

Surprisingly there are as many as 16 kinds of apple!

ikoma plateau apple park 

When we came to the park in September last year, we enjoyed picking apples at 1st park. It was the beginning of September this time, we picked apples at the neigboring 2nd park♪

 

I received a paper of list of apples in October.

According to the list, you can pick apples such as “Shinano sweet”, “Gunma Meigetsu”, Shinano Gold” and “Fuji”.ikoma plateau apple park

 

Many Apples!

We got a bag for picked apples. Let’s enter into to the apple world!!

ikoma plateau apple park

Big round apples welcomed us♪

Despite of some recent typhoons, many apples are hanging from trees.

I introduce 4 kinds of apples.

Sweet but not too sour “Shinano-sweet”

Shinano-sweet

 

Good texture, sweet and sour “Shinano-Gold”. 

Shinano-Gold 

 

Good balance of sweetness and sourness “Fuji”

My wife loves the Fuji.

Fuji 

 

Sweet and very popular “Gunma Meigetsu”

I mainly picked this apple.

Gunma Meigetsu

 

Happy Family Time

We have visited this apple park 7 years consecutively.

Last year my wife visited here for the first time. At that time, she was pregnant.

Our daughter joined our family this year. She is 6 months old.

Ikoma Apple Park

baby eats apple

Our daughter picked an apple with her own hands.  She looks delighted.

Our nephews joined apple picking this year. They seemed to have enjoyed picking apples very much, too.

 

Useful Picking Tool

I found that some people were using special tools to pick apples this year.

We have not seen it until last year. I found it useful to pick an apple at high branches of the tree.

how to use special tool

This tool enables old people and small children to enjoy picking apples at high places.

how to use special tool

 

Ikoma Plateau Cosmos Festival

The cosmos park is located across the road of the apple park.

We visited the cosmos festival at the park.

ikoma plateau station

 

The night candles and fireworks will be held at night during the festival season.

cosmos festival

 

Enter Park

We found many tents of local food stores after entering to the park.cosmos festival 2016

I found that one of shops sold many kinds of beautiful flowers include my wife’s favorite Dahlia.

Every flower is fresh and beautiful.flowers sold at cosmos festival

 

Beautiful Scenery

Beautiful scenery impressed us after we got through shopping area.

We could see Kobayashi City in a distance!!

Many people enjoy having lunch on the lawn.

scenery of cosmos festival

Cosmos is the flower of autumn.

We enjoyed the colorful contrast of cosmos flowers, green lawn and beautiful autumn sky.cosmos festival scenery

 

Beautiful Mt. Kirishima stands near Ikoma Plateau (following picture).

Various stage events such as Latin music performance were held during the festival.

The park was fulled with various delicious smells from each foot shops.

There were some sections for children to play and mothers to give babies milk.

Since we were taking a baby, this facility was of great help.ikoma plateau cosmos festival 2016

If you come here at night, firework display will be very beautiful.ikoma plateau cosmos festival 2016 ikoma plateau cosmos festival 2016

 

Many beautiful flowers of various colors.

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We enjoyed watching cosmos fields. I pushed a baby car.

My daughter was very delighted to see many cosmos flowers.

 

My Comment

The Ikoma Plateau is 30 minutes away from Kirishima Hot Springs by car.

Why not enjoy apples and cosmos flowers in autumn after having relaxing bath time at Kirishima Hot Springs?

Not only old people but also small children can have a great time at the park!

Personally I recommend the place for dating of young couples. The girls will be very happy if their boyfriend peel apples for them or take them to this beautiful cosmos fields hand in hand.

 

 

Information of Ikoma Plateau

Access

About 1 hour from Kagoshima City via Kyushu Highway by car.

Free shuttle bus is available.

Period of Cosmos Festival (2016)

27th September – 23rd October

Period of Night Cosmos (2016)

8th October – 10th October (until 21:00)

Open Hour

08:30-17:00(Apple Picking)

09:00-17:00(Cosmos Park)※The time differs according to season.

Entrance Fee

Adult 520 yen, Junior High School Students 300 yen, Under Primary School free, Group over 15 people 400 yen

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Nearby Sightseeing Spots

Kirishima-Higashi Shrine

Mysterious and spiritual shrine deep inmountain

Kirishima Jingu Shrine

Magnificent shrine in Kirishima mountains.

Kirishima Hot Springs

enjoy natural hot springs!

 

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