YamanashiYamanashi, about 1½ hours from Tokyo, is surrounded by high mountains and is covered by huge beautiful forests, including Mount Fuji and the 5 lakes area. Visitors can hike, mountain climb and relax in the local onsen (hot springs). After your adventures be sure to have some Hoto (a local soup/stew) made with thick noodles and vegetables in a rich miso broth. Yamanashi has three national parks and is famous for growing delicious fruit, especially grapes and plums. Wine lovers the world over are discovering Yamanashi’s Koshu wine, and when you are visiting the area there are winery tours and fruit picking excursions that are fun and delicious. You can also try your hand at making washi paper, or bring home beautiful Yamanashi crystal or silk textiles. Glassware, paper making and weaving are the traditional artistic crafts of the prefecture.
Places to visit in Yamanashi
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Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Fuji Sengen Jinja is an important Shinto shrine at the northern foot of Mount Fuji.
Suntory Hakushu Distillery
The Suntory Hakushu Distillery offers tours and seminars for guests to learn about whiskey. Reservations required.
Mount Fuji 5th Station Yoshida Entrance
This station is the 5th point from the base of the Mount Fuji and lies at 2305 meters above sea level. It attracts a lot of tourists as it is easily accessible by car. Many climbers start from this point, Mount Fuji 5th Station Yoshida Entrance, and take the
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba is an open-air museum which used to be a Japanese village. Take a trip back in time to see a more rural and traditional side of Japan.
Hotel Hana Isawa
Located in the Isawa Onsen district in Fuefuki, 700 metres from Isawa Hot Spring, Hotel Hana Isawa features free WiFi access and free private parking. A TV is featured. There is room service and shops at the property.
Hostel & Salon Saruya
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hostel & Salon Saruya offers accommodation in Fujiyoshida, 2.3 km from Fujikyu Highland. Rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. There is a shared kitchen at the property.
Offering an on-site restaurant, Daikouyama Sangma provides free WiFi. Children’s playground and private off-site parking are available. This guesthouse is a 7-minute drive from JR Kai-Yamato Train Station. Pets can stay for free u
Hotel Route-Inn Court Kofu
A 7-minute drive from Maizuru Castle Park, the Route-Inn Court Kofu features a soothing hot public bath, a restaurant and massages. The hotel provides a complimentary varied breakfast buffet, and it offers free-use internet PCs an
Highland Resort Hotel & Spa
Situated right next to Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa boasts Mount Fuji views, large hot spring baths and spa facilities.
Toyoko Inn Kofu-eki Minami-guchi No.1
Just a 1-minute walk from Kofu-jo Castle, the Toyoko Inn Kofu-eki Minami-guchi No.1 offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It provides chargeable massages, a launderette and free-use computers and a printer.
Urban Villa Konaya Hotel
Boasting 2 stylish restaurants, indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and a smoothly modern Oriental style, Konaya Hotel is 800 metres from JR Kofu Train Station. Rooms include a flat-screen TV and free wired internet.
My favourite sweet treats from Chateraise patisserie
From a tiny shop in 1954 surrounded by lush green mountains in Kofu city, Chateraise has now made a name for itself both within Japan and internationally. The patisserie prides itself with only using the freshest of ingredients, contributed by local Japanese f