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山梨 Yamanashi

Yamanashi is easily accessible from Tokyo.
The prefecture has many highlights—hot springs, great food, sightseeing spots that are bursting with Japanese history and culture, not to mention the great outdoors, which includes Mt. Fuji, Japan’s iconic mountain!

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  • Four attractions in Yamanashii Mt. Fuji / wine / fruit / hot springs
  • Recommended areas Kawaguchi-ko Lake / Isawa Onsen / Kofu Yumura

Attraction 1
Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013. With an altitude of 3,776 m, it is no exaggeration to say that Mt. Fuji, the highest peak in Japan, is the symbol of the country. Grand and symmetrical, with a base that spreads out over a wide area, Mt. Fuji has a beautiful shape and is known as one of the most famous mountains in the world. The beauty of Mt. Fuji attracts everyone—now, just as in the past. Its beauty has made the mountain popular not only as an object of art but also as an object of faith. Here we introduce some of the sightseeing spots associated with this mountain.

Arakura Mountain Asama Jinja Five-storied Pagoda

This park, which is situated halfway up Mt. Arakura, is wonderful spot from which to enjoy front-on views of Mt. Fuji. It is one of the 100 Fuji Viewing Spots in the Kanto region. From here, one can enjoy a typically Japanese scene, with its combination of Mt. Fuji, the Churei Pagoda, and sakura blossoms.

Address: 3353-1 Arakura, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi
Transport: 20 mins. walk from Shimoyoshida Station, Fujikyu Line

Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival

The Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival is held at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The contrast of red, white, and sakura colors is gorgeous, while the image of Mt. Fuji, reflected upside down in the dragon pond inside the park is also marvellous. We hope you will enjoy the carpet of brightly colored moss phlox in full bloom over the wide expanse of the festival site, together with the scent of these flowers, which floats in the air throughout the entire area.

Festival dates: 2016 dates and event outline TBA
(Please refer to 2015 event for an indication: April 18 (Sat)–May 31 (Sun))
Transportation: Kawaguchiko Station → Shiba-sakura Liner, about 30 mins (Shiba-sakura Festival limited time only)

Fuji-Q Highland

This amusement park, which is full of attractions, is situated next to the majestic Mt. Fuji.
With family-friendly attractions and thrilling rides that are popular among young people, it is a fun spot for people of all ages. The neighboring spa facility, Fujiyama Onsen, offers discounts to free pass holders.

Address: 5–6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi
Transportation: Right beside Fuji-Q Highland Station, Fuji Kyuko Line
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Times may change due to events. Please inquire)
Closed: No regular days closed. Please inquire.

Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center

The sole facility in Japan where visitors can observe testing of the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line at close proximity. Not only this, but visitors can also ride a mini-Maglev, experiencing travel by magnetic levitation, and can have fun learning about this technology through experiments with coasters and the mechanism of superconductivity. The maglev theater also offers experiences feeling the vibrations and viewing video of travel at 500 km/hr.

Address: 2381 Ogatayama, Tsuru, Yamanashi
Transportation: 15 mins. on bus heading to Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center from JR Otsuki Station. Alight at the last stop.
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (entry until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays (If a national holiday falls on a Monday, the facility closes on the Tuesday instead. If a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, the facility is open.) The day after national holidays (If the day after the national holiday is a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the facility is open). New Year period (Dec. 29th–Jan. 3rd)

Attraction 2
Yamanashi Wine

Yamanashi Prefecture is the birthplace of Japan’s wine industry and has about 80 wineries that produce about three percent of the country’s wine. Among them, a white wine made from the Koshu grape variety that is a speciality of this prefecture is characterized by a delicate flavor that is well suited to Japanese cuisine. We’d like to suggest winery tours or visiting different wineries to sample the difference in the taste of their wines.

Recommended wine spot

Budonooka Winery

Budonooka Winery is one of the representative wineries of Koshu, which is famous for its grapes and wine. It is located located on a hill and is surrounded by vineyards. In addition to a wine cellar, shop, and restaurant, it also has a fully-equipped accommodation area. The cellar stocks about 200 varieties of wine, which can be tasted freely with the purchase of a tâtevin for ¥1,100. Wines produced by Koshu brands are available for sale in the shop. Views of the Kofu Basin can be enjoyed from the open air pool at the day spa, Tenku no yu (¥610 entry fee).

Address: 5093 Katsunuma-cho Hishiyama, Koshu, Yamanashi
Transportation: Right by JR Katsunuma-Budokyo Station
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Attraction 3
Fruit picking

Yamanashi is known as a kingdom of fruit, and fruit picking, where you can taste the fruit that you have picked from the branch yourself, is a popular activity. Picking different fruits—be it grapes, peaches, cherries, strawberries, or blueberries—can be enjoyed in any season.

Recommended fruit picking spot

Miharashien

Located on top of a hill, Miharashien is a large farm with panoramic views of Isawa and the Kofu Basin. From January through May, four different kinds of strawberries can be picked: Akihime, Benihoppe, Aiberry and Sachi-no-ka. Fruit picking for other types of fruits can also be enjoyed: Hakuho white peaches from late June through mid-August, grapes from late July through late November (Kyoho grape-picking starts in early August), and apples from late October. The farm has a restaurant in the garden serving meals rich in local flavor. Shingen hoto hotpot and BBQ can also be enjoyed for ¥1,100 and ¥1,500 respectively.

Address: 240 Ichinomiyacho-Tsuchizuka, Fuefuki, Yamanashi
Transport: About 15 mins. by car from JR Isawa-Onsen Station
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (reception closes at 4:00)

Attraction 4
Hot springs

Hot springs in Yamanashi Prefecture offer much variety in terms of the water temperature, yield, and mineral quality. Also, with springs situated at altitudes extending from 100 m 1400 m above sea level, visitors can enjoy a range of different springs. Yamanashi’s hot springs are surrounded by scenery—mountains and forests, valleys and rivers—that varies enormously. The wonderful views from the springs and their different look in each of the four seasons is also another great attraction.

Recommended hot spring spot

Hottarakashi Onsen

This popular day spa offers views looking down onto the Kofu Basin and expansive views of Mt. Fuji standing right before one’s eyes. At night, visitors can enjoy night views and a sky studded with stars. The baths open an hour before dawn, so wonderful dawn views can also be enjoyed. Hottarakashi has two facilities: “Kotchi no yu,” which allows for front-on views of Mt. Fuji from an open-air tub with logs arranged on the edges, and “Atchi no yu,” a larger open-air bath, where night views of the Kofu Basin can be enjoyed to the utmost. Distinctive features of this hot spring are its high position, waters that promise smooth and beautiful skin, and temperatures warm enough that will not get a chill after your bath.

Address: 1669-18 Yatsubo, Yamanashi, Yamanashi
Transportation: About 10 mins. by taxi from Yamanashi-shi Station

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