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  • Yamanashi Prefectural Mt. Atago Kid’s Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Atagomachi 358-1
    This nature park is a 30-minute drive from either Ichinomiya Interchange. or Kofu-Showa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. It includes a number of active play areas include a free space equipped with a massive playground that leverages the area's geography, the Lion's Pond, where park goers can engage in water play, and a bicycle course. There is also a science museum located in the park that features exhibits on a basic theme of a journey through humanity and also hosts a variety of events.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Archeological Museum
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Shimozonechou 923
    This museum that opened in 1982 is a facility where people can learn the history of Yamanashi from archeological materials. The museum exhibits artifacts that paint a picture of the prefecture from the Paleolithic age to the Edo period, the time of Kofu Castle. Museum visitors can also participate in hands-on activities such as ancient fire-starting or making magatama beads.

    We were so surprised to find that Yamanashi isa country with lots of Jyomon ruins. The museum may have one of the biggest collection of jyomon and Yayoi period. However the best part of this...

  • Ichigokan Kubota (Strawberry Farm)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Omagarimachi 1280
    A strawberry garden in Omagari-cho, Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. They utilize an elevated hydroponics system, so the fruit does not touch the ground, allowing you to eat safe and clean strawberries. People in wheelchairs and people with strollers can also enjoy strawberry-picking here. In addition to 30 minute all-you-can-eat, they sell homemade organic strawberry jam and strawberries as souvenirs.
  • The Museum of Ivory Carving
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kamizonechou Asahi 4011
    This art museum is unique among the world for its 300 works of art which include National Treasure-level ivory works and a 30,000-50,000 year old mammoth tusk excavated in Siberia. It is a valuable place for viewing ivory sculptures as currently trade is forbidden under the Washington Treaty. It offers a place to indulge in a delicate and beautiful world, attracting many visitors.
  • Hayakawaen Grape Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Zenkouji 2-4-15
    This tourist farm is located a 15-minute drive from JR Zenkoji Station. The farm cultivates around 40 varieties of grape from around the world. Their World Grape Tour grape picking course featuring many rare varieties of grape is highly popular. Visitors can taste many rare varieties of grape while listening to commentary from the farm's staff. Grape picking can be enjoyed rain or shine and visitors can bring their own lunch, making the farm a great destination for families.
  • Yuki Park Kofu Municipal Zoo
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Otamachi 10-1
    The Kofu Yuki Park Zoo opened in 1919 and celebrated its 100-year history in 2019. It has been a favorite destination ever since its founding. Since 2016, members of the zoo staff have acted as animal guides, and they make presentations about the animals' environments and characteristics twice every Saturday and Sunday, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, making use of the knowledge that animal caretakers acquire in the course of their work.

    This Zoo doesn't have the right facilities for the animals. Cages for the animals were too small and they all looked as if they were starving. Wouldn't recommend go no there.

  • Midorigaoka Sports Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Midorigaoka 2-8-1
    This athletic park intended as a place for building healthy bodies is widely beloved by the local populace. It features a baseball stadium, an athletic field, tennis courts, a gymnasium, and indoor pool, and more. It is frequently the venue for prefectural tournaments and other events. The park also includes facilities for training camps, especially during summer vacation. These facilities are available to the open public, but require reservations three months in advance. The other facilities require a reservation one month in advance.
  • Fruit Farm Hagihara
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Ochiai 1337
    Hagiwara Fruit Orchard is located on a south-facing slope in the Kofu Basin, about two hours by car from the MetropolitanTokyo area. Visitors can pick cherries, peaches, grapes, or other fruits, and eat all they want. On the grounds is Yamaki-yaCafe, identifiable by its red peaked roof and its red wooden walls. It serves drinks and sweets made with fruit grown in the orchard. The terrace seating, which affords a panorama of the Kofu Basin and a stunning view of Mt. Fuji, is highly recommended.
  • Shibireko Suimeisou
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Nishiyatsushirogunichikawamisatochou Yamaho 3378
    Lake Shibire, which has been designated as a Yamanashi Prefectural Natural Park, is a beautiful mountain lake located at an altitude of 850 meters. It is one of the Fuji Eight Lakes a group of sacred lakes and marshes that surround Mt. Fuji. This camping ground allows campers to pitch tents on the lake shore or hang a hammock in the forest. The tent site cannot be accessed by car, so you have to carry your luggage by wheelbarrow.
  • Katsuragawa Wellness Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Otsukishi Tomihamamachi Torisawa 8438
    A park on top of a hill overlooking Otsuki City, Katsuragawa Wellness Park is divided into three zones, west, central, and east, which each feature their own special facilities. The central zone has an agricultural training garden, and an exhibition hall in which you can experience agriculture and the life in Satoyama, long operated by Koshu. It also has events every season. The east zone has a picnic area where you can barbeque.
  • Saruhashi Neighborhood Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Otsukishi Saruhashimachi Saruhashi
    During the hydrangea season, visitors at this park can enjoy viewing the many hydrangeas along its promenade. The roughly 200 meter-long promenade leads to Saru Bridge, known as one of Japan's three most famous unusual bridges. The park also features an area near the Katsura River that flows through the northern part of the park where visitors can enjoy barbequing and other activities. Part of the park is home to the municipally-operated Otsuki City Local Material Museum. The museum features exhibits on the history and natural environment of Otsuki City, including the 12 Views of Beautiful Fuji.
  • Narago Fishing Field
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Otsukishi Nanahomachi Narago 10
    Visitors to this managed fishing area with lots of nature and greenery can enjoy fishing and barbequing. Easy access from central Tokyo and a quiet and secluded atmosphere make it popular with anglers. The fishing spots are stocked with rainbow trout, landlocked masu salmon, amago, and char depending on the season. Anglers may bring up to 30 pieces of natural bait or up to 10 artificial lures or fly.
  • Oshihara Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Nakakomagunshouwachou Oshikoshi 1500-1
    Built for the purpose of creating strong hearts and bodies, Oshihara Park is a place where you can enjoy great views of Mt. Fuji in the south, Mt. Yatsugatake in the north, and the Southern Alps in the west. It also functions as an evacuation zone during emergencies like large-scale earthquakes. In addition to natural grass and artificial grass athletic fields (there is a charge for use), there are wide lawns you can freely enjoy, as well as multi-purpose zones, children's playground, and a multi-purpose square.
  • Satomi Nouen Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachouishi 14
    This fruit farm is located very close to National Route 20, about five minutes from Katsunuma IC on the Chuo Expressway. They have over 20 varieties of juicy grapes with perfect sugar content. Organically cultivated with reduced pesticides, the grapes are good quality, earning the farm a good reputation even locally. In addition to grape-picking, you can enjoy peach-picking, or picking Shine Muscat, with its elegant sweetness that you can eat skin and all.
  • The Shakado Museum of Jomon Culture
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachousembeiji 764
    This museum's collection contains 5,599 nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties including earthen figures, unglazed earthenware, and stone tools. The museum features permanent exhibits on the Shakado ruins, which were discovered in the center of an alluvial fan in the eastern part of the Kofu Basin. The second floor observation lobby offers views of Kofu Basin and some of Japan's best mountains. In April, you can enjoy seeing this beautiful scenery tinted pink by the surrounding peach orchards.

    釈迦堂遺跡博物館は、中央自動車道の釈迦堂SA(下り)に車を停めたまま、階段を登るだけで見学出来る博物館です。 訪問時は早朝のため営業していませんでしたが、博物館への登り口付近には遺跡モニュメントや案内板が設置してあり多少は楽しめました。

  • Kikyouya Okasho no Bijutsukan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachoutsuboi 1928
    This venerable purveyor of Kikyo Shingen mochi rice cakes, a local Yamanashi delight, makes a number of other Japanese confections including their multiple award-winning Shingen mochi. The company's Confection Museum exhibits decorative confections that recreate Japan's seasonal flowers with the ingredients used to create high-grade Japanese fresh confections. Visitors are sure to appreciate the level of skill and dedication required to create these works of confectionary art.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Museum
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Misakachounarita 1501-1
    Visitors to this prefectural museum that opened in 2005 can learn about the history of Yamanashi Prefecture while enjoying the scenery. Its prime location gives its courtyards views of the high mountains that surround the Kofu basin. This includes Mount Shirane, which is often mentioned in Japanese poetry. The museum's permanent exhibits include a 1/1,200 scale 3D model of how Yamanashi appears from several hundred kilometers up, as well as exhibits on 19 themes related to the history of Yamanashi and the lives of its people. The museum also hosts special exhibits and events.

    The Yamanashi Prefectural Museum is located in a sleekly modern building, surrounded by a lovely garden of water, rocks, and plants. The exhibits inside are beautifully done, from prehistoric...

  • Berry Park in FISH ON! Shishidome
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Tsurushi Shishidome 1543
    This managed fishing area is a place where beginning and expert anglers alike can enjoy spending a day communing with nature. Its 70,000 square-meter grounds also include a barbequing area, tennis courts, and more. The park offers two types of accommodations, a hotel and log houses, as well as a weekend-only pony land, a summer-only water play area for children, and more, making it popular with families.
  • Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minami Alps City Nishino 1202
    This orchard is located in Nishino area of Minami-Alps City. The Nishino area was the first in the prefecture to adopt fruit-growing, and there is even a record from late Meiji Period of Ono Orchid and Orchard Garden shipping out cherries. In addition to cherries, there is a all-you-can-eat grape course, a grape tour course in which you can eat 10 or more varieties of in-season grapes, as well as peach-picking and plum-picking.

    I have never eaten peaches without peeling it until we visited here. You can bite ripe peaches with the skin. It is like drinking nectar. I want to experience it again.

  • Midaiminami Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minami Alps City Rokki 1588-2
    This large park is comprised of seven zones each about the size of seven Tokyo Domes and having a theme, such as play, sports, or health. The park is well known for its cross country running course, which is used for major competitions. The course can be used for a wide variety of purposes from walking to race training and is popular for offering a sensation of becoming one with nature.

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Yamanashi prefecture is the proud home of one of Japan's most celebrated icons: Mount Fuji. Although the mountain straddles both Yamanashi and Shizuoka, the most breathtaking views of Fuji-san can be seen from the Fuji Five Lakes north of the mountain in Yamanashi prefecture. The plethora of outdoor activities in and around the lakes all have the benefit of the country's highest mountain as their backdrop, and we can assure you that it is an unforgettable sight.

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