Yamanashi Articles

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

Yamanashi Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user odysseygate 68541312@N00/263691722/Houtou Houtou is a dish best known for its flat noodles and miso-based broth. While it may seem similar to udon noodles at first, the way they are made is distinctly different. Houtou noodles are prep

Yamanashi Access Guide

Yamanashi is incredibly close to Tokyo and the metropolitan area, in that the prefecture is literally a train ride away from Shinjuku and the center of Tokyo. This means that there is no need to take a plane to the prefecture, making a quick day trip to the pr

Yamanashi 1-day Itinerary

Photo Cred: Flickr user prelude2000 91794579@N05/17893786700/The best part of Yamanashi is arguably its natural beauty. Mount Fuji and the five lakes surrounding it are only part of the beauty of the prefecture, as over a quarter of the prefecture is dedicate

The Best Times to Visit Yamanashi

Photo Cred: Flickr user Ankur P 28747587@N00/35780547982/Fields of Flowers in Spring If you’re looking for truly picturesque fields of flowers during your spring trip to Yamanashi prefecture, look no further than the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. While not your

First Time in Yamanashi

Photo Cred: Flickr user redlegsfan21 42603028@N05/16029821838/Lake KawaguchiLake Kawaguchi, or Kawaguchi-ko, is one of the five Fuji lakes that surround the volcano. It is the second largest of the five, and is the place of many lakeside resorts and camping a

Samurai Battle Experience in Historic Kawanakajima, Japan

Kawanakajima Samurai Battle -- Photo by George PopescuThe battle of Kawanakajima, fought in the mid-16th century, was the fiercest of a series of five clashes between two famous warlords, Kenshin Uesugi and Shingen Takeda. I recently joined hundreds of parti