About 85% of the farms grow fruit, with the largest output of grapes and peaches in Japan.
About 85% of all farms in the Kyoto region (7,636 households) grow fruit, and in 2014, the region produced 70,570 tons of grapes and peaches, with a production value of 36.7 billion yen. This accounts for about 18% and 25% of the total domestic output of grapes and peaches, respectively.
Most of the farms in the Kyoto region are small, family-run businesses. With an area of around 0.7 ha of arable land per farm—small even by world standards—these farms have developed a highly productive agricultural system based on a meticulous manual approach to farm operations that achieves stable production of high value-added, high-quality fruit.
As a result, the fruit grown in the Kyoto region is held in high esteem not only in Japan but also overseas, and in 2014, the average farm income per 0.1 ha was 145,700 yen—2.4 times the Japanese average of 61,900 yen—making Kyoto one of the most productive regions in the country.