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  • Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center
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    4.0
    156 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Tsurushi Ogatayama 2381
    This facility in Tsuru City, Yamanashi Prefecture is a place where people can learn first-hand how superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMaglev) railways work. Visitors can also watch tests on the Yamanashi maglev test line or check out models and exhibits that introduce SCMaglev technology and the Chuo Shinkansen. The adjacent Waku-waku Yamanashi-kan features an area with tourist information on Yamanashi Prefecture on its second floor, while its first flour features a shop that offers local products.

    They have a range of exhibits on the train, how magnetic levitation works, and the impact that this new train will have on Japanese society. The day that we were there the train was running at...

  • Moegi-no-Mura Village Museum Hall of Halls
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545
    You’ll find this music box museum in Kiyosato, Takane Town along the Kiyosato Line (National Route 141). In addition to antique music boxes, they have automatic instruments and traditional Japanese tableware. Through the exhibits here, you can experience the life and culture of the period before the advent of records and radio.

    萌木の村にあるオルゴール館です。様々なオルゴールの展示や販売など可愛らしい音に囲まれた時間を過ごせました。特に1日数回開催される演奏会入って非日常の世界でした。

  • Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center
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    3.5
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    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Atagomachi 358-1
    The science museum located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture is also known as the science ship due to its unique ship-shaped building. The museum features a planetarium, a large telescope, various exhibit halls, and more, making it a fun and easy place to learn about science and space. The museum's lookout terrace offers a view of the entire Kofu Basin. You can even see Mt. Fuji on clear days.

    県立科学館は、子供達が大のお気に入りの場所で年に2回ぐらいのペースで遊びに行っています。 外に公園もあるので、一日中遊べる所が良いです。 科学館の中のレストランは、値段は安いのですが、その分量が少なくて物足りないです。一般の定食屋に近いぐらいの量にならばもっと良いのにと思います。 でも、ほかに食べるお店もないので、毎回利用しています。

  • Yamanashi Prefectural Archeological Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    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...

  • The Shakado Museum of Jomon Culture
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    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。

  • Yamanashi Prefectural Museum
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
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    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...

  • The Yu-no-oku Museum of Gold Mining History
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Uenotaira 1787 ahead
    Minobu Town is a place with many cultural heritage sites, but none have a bigger historical significance than the Yu-no-oku gold mine ruins. This museum exhibits a collection of unearthed articles, materials related to the gold mine, historical documents on gold mining, and more. Visitors can enjoy learning about the world of gold mining during Japan's middle ages and Warring States period through the museum's video theater, dioramas, exhibit halls, hands-on gold panning activity, and more.

    Tells a version of the history of gold mining in Japan, and its production methods from laborious hand-crushing onwards. Very little English-language signage, but the displays were still interesting...

  • Yamanashi Gem Museum
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Funatsu 6713
    Amply demonstrating the beauty of jewels, and built to spread proper information on jewels, Yamanashi Gem Museum displays an array of items, from raw minerals to jewelry gathered from jewelry sites around the world. Yamanashi makes roughly one-fourth of the jewelry manufactured in Japan, so the exhibits here, showing the process from raw mineral to jewel, is certainly worth a look.

    The museum collects valuable gems from all over the world and exhibits a wide variety of gems from rough gemstones to jewelry. A wide variety of products from inexpensive accessories to fine...

  • Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunnarusawamura Giragono 8532-63
    A place where you can have fun learning various information about Mt. Fuji-from Mt. Fuji's origin, nature at its foot, what the inside looks like, clouds and climate, too-the Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum has displays divided into five areas with different themes, so you can thoroughly enjoy the charms of Mt. Fuji. At the cafe only open in summer, you can eat the Mt. Fuji sundae (with lava)-an original of the Mt. Fuji Museum.
  • Fujisan Museum
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Kamiyoshida 2288-1
    Focusing on display of materials related to worship of Mt. Fuji, the Fujisan Museum (Fujiyoshida City Museum of History and Folklore) depicts the industries, folklore, history and compositional assets of Fuji Yoshida region. The adjacent Oshi (Former-Togawa family House), whose main building was built in 1768 and whose back parlor was added around the end of Shogunate, still exists as it did then, so you can see it today and learn many important historical things.

    This is really well presented with English audio guide. Tells all the local history and legends. Staff all very friendly. Has two model houses and a pilgrim house attached which are well worth a...

  • Suntory Museum of Whiskey
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Hakushuchoutorihara 2913-1 (Hakushu distillery facility)
    A museum exclusively for rare whiskeys from around the world, the Whiskey Museum covers whiskey from a variety of angles, including the birth of the single malt whiskey Hakushu, specifics on how the distillery works, Suntory's environmental activities, and whiskey culture around the world. It is located on the lot of Suntory Hakushu Distillery. Reservation one day in advance is required for all facilities, including tours of the distillery itself.
  • Kawaguchiko Motor Museum / Air Museum
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    Yamanashi prefecture Narusawa village Fuji cherry blossom plateau
    Only open in August every year, the Kawaguchiko Motor Museum shows off a variety of cars, divided into Hall A, with exhibits from the birth of cars to the 1950s with different themes, and Hall B, with exhibits of cars from the 1950s to the present. You can also see airplanes in the adjacent airplane building and cars displayed outside near the parking lot.
  • Kawaguchiko Kitahara Museum Happy Days
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kodachi 1204-2
    This museum displays the collection of Teruhisa Kitahara, known as the premier tin toy collector. You can see differently themed collections including pedal cars, the music collection of sheet music and magazines, and young culture of the 1960s and 70s. There is also a cafe serving curry and drinks.
  • Mount Fuji Research Institute, Yamanashi Prefectural Government
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    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Kamiyoshida Kenmaru 5597-1
    This research institute in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture is dedicated to collecting knowledge about Mt. Fuji and disseminating this information to the public. In addition to publishing an academic journal, the institute also organizes events related to Mt. Fuji and its forests including guided walks and special exhibitions. The institute also offers lectures on demand to high schools students.
  • Country of Grape Museum/Culture Center
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Koshu-shi Katsunumacho Shimoiwasaki 1034-1

    勝沼のワインとぶどうに関する歴史をわかりやすく展示紹介している施設です。 人形を使って目で見てわかりやすく紹介されていて無料で見学でき、子供でも分かりやすいです。

  • Shosenkyo Crystal Sound Museum
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    Yamanashi Kofu Ikaricho 312
  • Minami Alps Ashiyasu Sangakukan Museum
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Minami-Alps-shi Ashiyasu Ashikura 1570

    芦安温泉郷内の宿に宿泊したら、無料券をいただいたので、翌朝行ってみました。施設はとてもきれいで広い。南アルプスについてのビデオ上映もやっていたり、山で命を落とした方の特集をしていたり。登山に必要な道具が昔-現代にかけて展示してあり、登山の知識や歴史がよくわかり、南アルプスの地形の大きな模型があるので、登山道など立体的でわかり易い。地図やパンフレットも無料でもらえる。

  • Mokujiki no Sato Bishokan Museum
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Minamikoma-gun Minobucho Kita Kawa 2855

    木喰聖人が微笑みを浮かべた木像を1000体作りましたが、200年の雨風で朽ちてしまい、今微笑館には1体を除き、全てレプリカです。場所がキツくて細い山の上にある為、驚きです。施設にドリンクの自販機は置いてないし、周りには売店はありません。

  • Santa Claus Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Yamanakakomura Hirano 506-133

    Extremely expensive for the collection he had. It was cold and dark inside ... and they didn't even play any Christmas music. Totally disappointed! The shop was just as tacky.

  • Mori no Gakushukan
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Oshinomura Shibokusa 3098-1

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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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