Culture / Tour Spots in Yamanashi Area

  • Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 3077-20
    This music box museum is located at Kawaguchiko Town, Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture. In addition to music boxes playing, there are live concerts too, so you can enjoy historical works and performances of the music box. Inside is a flower garden, with flowers in each season decorated the garden, so, in conjunction with the surrounding buildings, you can feel as though you are in a different country. There is also a museum shop where you can buy souvenirs, and a restaurant where you can get a meal.
  • Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunyamanakakomura Yamanaka 1650
    This park in Yamanakako Village, Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture is located on the bank of Lake Yamanaka. The park features different seasonal scenery to enjoy including blooming seasonal flowers. The park is comprised of several facilities for people of all ages to enjoy, including a 300,000 square-meter flowerbed and farm area, Ryusui no Sato, an area that features a water play area and flowing waterfalls, and an all-weather greenhouse where visitors can view a variety of flora including rare tropical plants.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center
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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.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art
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    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kugawa 1-4-27
    This art museum surrounded by the greenery in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture is located inside Prefectural Arts Park. The museum has become known as the the museum of Millet due to its collection centered on the representative works of French painter Jean-Francois Millet. In addition to a gallery focused on painting and sculptures by western artists, the museum also holds a range of events.
  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 2255
    This three Michelin star art museum exhibits the kimono of textile artist Itchiku Kubota. Kubota established a unique dyeing technique called ''Itchiku Tsujigahana'' after having been fascinated by the Tsujigahana style of fabric dyeing that flourished in the Muromachi Period before suddenly dying out. The museum displays Takeda's ''Symphony of Light'' series, which features kimono with themes including the four seasons, the ocean, and the universe. It also displays kimono featuring motifs of the many faces shown by Mt. Fuji in different weather conditions.
  • Yamanashi Gem Museum
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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.
  • Kawaguchiko Konohana Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 3026-1
    Modeled after TACIEL ENIT Museum in Tachiel City, the Kawaguchiko Konohana Museum is a museum where you can enjoy the strange world written by Akiko Ikeda using all five senses, and experience the sensation of slipping into another dimension. The restaurant & cafe,Olsson's Strawberry, and the shop are also popular.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Museum
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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.
  • 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.
  • Kawaguchiko Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 3170
    Opened in 1991, the Kawaguchiko Museum of Art is an art museum at the base of Mt. Fuji housing mainly paintings, prints, and photographs depicting Mt. Fuji. It is famous for its Mt. Fuji Photo Award which began in 1999. Every year, there is a period when prize-winning pieces are displayed, drawing in many people.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Fuji Spring Water Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunoshinomura Shibokusa 3098 - 1 within fish park
    This freshwater aquarium is located in Oshino Village, Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture. The aquarium uses the clarity of spring water order to offer guests amazing views of the fish. The first floor is a viewing area dominated by the aquarium's tanks. The second floor is a learning area featuring a theater room that plays videos on subjects including the ecology and habitats of the aquarium's freshwater fish life, as well as micro aquarium corner where guests can view plankton and other microscopic freshwater fish life through microscopes.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Archeological Museum
    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.
  • Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachou 10249-7
    This art museum is in Kobuchisawa Town, Hokuto City. It has nearly 200 works by graffiti artist Keith Haring, who was active around New York City in the 1980s and died at the young age of 31. The building’s bold design was created by Atsushi Kitagawara and aims to bring the artist’s style to life.
  • The Shakado Museum of Jomon Culture
    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.
  • Yuki Park Kofu Municipal Zoo
    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.
  • Fujisan Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Forest of Christmas Santa Claus Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunyamanakakomura Hirano 506-133
    Christmas Forest Santa Claus Museum is 15 minutes by car from the Yamanakako Interchange and 30 minutes from the Gotemba Interchange. This museum, which is devoted to Christmas, as its name implies, is also quite near Asahigaoka Lakeside Greenspace Park. All sorts of Santa Claus-themed objects are on display, including oddities such as Santa in summer clothes or a Christmas tree with Santa's face hung on it. The museum shop sells Christmas trees, wreaths, and similar souvenirs.
  • Kawaguchiko Kitahara Museum Happy Days
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

Yamanashi Areas

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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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