Hokkaido’s Harvest Scenery: Autumn Edition

Hokkaido is known as Japan's food base, and is a treasure trove of a wide variety of foods, such as agricultural and livestock products, seafood, wine, sake and beer.
Autumn – from September to November – is the harvest season for fruits, potatoes and other root vegetables, rice, buckwheat and the like. It is also when marine products such as salmon and Pacific saury are landed.
We have gathered together some ‘taste of autumn’ harvest scenery, much anticipated by the people of Hokkaido.

Sep. 19

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First catch landed in Taiki as autumn salmon fishing begins on the Pacific coast in eastern Hokkaido

The first Autumn salmon being landed at Taiki fishing port on September 1 at 1:05 p.m.

The autumn salmon fishing season has begun on the Pacific coast in eastern Hokkaido and, on September 1, the first catch of 3.6 tons was landed at the Taiki fishing port in the town of Taiki on the same coast in the Tokachi region.

Five boats from the Taiki Fishing Cooperative departed early on the 1st to set up the nets before temporarily returning to the port. After heading out once more at around 11:30 a.m., the boats returned to the port shortly after noon to begin landing the shining, silver salmon. The price at the port was said to be approximately 1,070 yen per kilo for females and 530 yen per kilo for males, approximately 10 to 20% higher than last year.

Autumn salmon fishing catches have been poor in recent years but, according to the managing director of the Taiki Fishing Cooperative, “The catch was quite small for the first day, but the fish themselves were large. We expect subsequent good catches.” The peak of the fishing season will continue until early October.

The fixed-net fishing season on the Pacific coast in eastern Hokkaido began on August 30. However, 14 fishing cooperatives on the coast postponed fishing for two days on August 30 and 31 in order to secure salmon that are returning up the rivers, to be used for hatching and releasing purposes in future.


Taiki fishing port

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The harvesting of rice has begun in earnest in the town of Tobetsu in the Ishikari region of central Hokkaido, where rice production thrives. Due to the continuous intense heat of the summer this y...

The work of thinning-down the ‘Yamasachi’ vines – developed especially for wine-making – is reaching its peak in the vineyards of Chiyoda in the town of Ikeda in the Tokachi region of eastern Hokka...

The first attempt at producing orange wine has begun at the Infeeld Winery in the Tanno-cho district of the city of Kitami in the Okhotsk region of eastern Hokkaido.

The harvesting of the cone-shaped flowers of hops, which are used to make beer, is reaching its peak in the town of Kamifurano in northern Hokkaido. The hops grow on vines that extend to a height o...

This year’s potato harvest is reaching its peak in Hokkaido’s potato-producing region in the city of Obihiro. Due to the hot temperatures and lack of rain in July, the potatoes are smaller than usu...

The Matsumae Kagura (sacred Shinto dance), which is a designated important intangible folk-cultural property of Japan, was held in a buckwheat field in Sengen in the town of Fukushima in the Oshima...

The ban on large-scale fishing vessels (at least 100 tons), which are the mainstay of Pacific-saury net fishing in eastern Hokkaido, was lifted on August 20. Despite the forecast of low numbers of ...

The harvesting of carrots has begun in earnest in the town of Otofuke in the Tokachi region of eastern Hokkaido, which boasts the most prolific production in Hokkaido.