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  • Lake Yamanaka
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanakako village Minamitsuru gun Yamanashi prefecture
    Located to the northeast of Mt. Fuji at an approximate altitude of 980 meters, Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area. With very comfortable temperatures of around 20 degrees in the summer the place is known as a summer resort alongside Karuizawa and Hakone. There are a range of tourist facilities such as guest houses, sports facilities, fishing spots, literature museums, and art galleries, etc.
  • Lake Kawaguchi
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
    Lake Kawaguchi is located at the lowest elevation of the Fuji Five Lakes. It also has the longest shoreline, about 20 kilometers, of any of the lakes and affords spectacular views of the magnificent Mt. Fuji. The area is a popular resort attracting many visitors with so many things to do such as the Music Forest Museum, pleasure cruises, campsites and hotels. The lake is registered as a World Heritage site as part of the Fujisan cultural site, ‘Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration’.
  • Oshino Hakkai Springs
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunoshinomura Shibokusa
    Oshino Hakkai Springs is a collection of eight spring water ponds created from water from Mt. Fuji. The springs are revered as a place of pilgrimage for many people. The place was also registered as a World Heritage site as an integral part of Mt. Fuji due to being an historical sacred place of Sengen Shrine, and an historical place for people on the road to Mt. Fuji to perform a purification ceremony, as well as because of its mysterious beauty.
  • Takeda-jinja Shrine
    375 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kofuchumachi 2611
    Takeda Shingen, a pre-eminent daimyo from the Sengoku (warring states) period, is enshrined here as a deity. It is said that for those praying at this shrine, not only luck in competitive games can be attained, but you can also be rewarded with a stronger mind to better oneself. In addition, through its efforts to attain prosperity in agriculture, commerce, and industry, the enshrined deity draws many worshipers as the god of industry and economy. The sanctuary within the grounds of the shrine houses a host of treasures such as a Kamakura period sword, Yoshioka-ichimonji, designated a national important cultural property. The Tsutsujigasaki-yakata Ruins, a national historic monument of Japan, is the place where three generations of the Takeda family, Nobutora, Shingen, and Katsuyori, actually lived. Festivals are held throughout the year and attract many, many people.

    There used to be a big clan’s castle in this Takeda Shrine’s area. In 16th century in Japan when the country was separated many clans under the feudalism with many civil wars, there was one of the...

  • Kikyo Shingen Mochi Factory Theme Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachoutsuboi 1928
    Kikyo Shingen Mochi has been awarded many prizes including the honorary president award, at the National Confectionery Exposition. The factory is surrounded by lush vegetation with a site area of 11,000 square meters and a total floor area of 5,000 square meters. On the factory tour you can see how 100,000 pieces of Kikyo Shingen Mochi a day are packed meticulously by hand. You can also have a go at packing some of the mochi and enjoy sampling some of the delicious sweets. Admission is free and advance reservations are not required if going alone. Factory tour times are fixed so be sure to check in advance.
  • Roadside Station Fujiyoshida
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Araya 1936-6
    This roadside station in Fujiyoshida City, the largest in Yamanashi prefecture, is notable for its up-close views of Mt. Fuji. The facilities include a farmer's market which offers locally-grown fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, a restaurant offering Yoshida udon noodles, the area's specialty, and a tourist information center. The station combines shopping, eating, and playing all in one facility.
  • Shosenkyo Gorge Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Ikarichou 441
    This ropeway is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Built on a panoramic lookout at the top of Shosenkyo Gorge where the old road meets the new road, the car takes about five minutes to complete a journey. Passengers on the ropeway can enjoy great views of mountains including Mt. Yasaburo, one of Yamanashi's most famous 100 mountains, as well as Mt. Fuji, Southern Japan Alps, and the Chichibu Mountains. The lower station in the foothills features a souvenir shop, while the upper station at the peak features a diner that serves hoto noodles and char.
  • Minobusan Kuonji Temple
    192 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Minobu 3567
    High Priest Nichiren entered Kuonji Temple at Mt. Minobu where he remained for his entire life teaching his disciples. This sacred place where Nichiren devoted his life to reciting the Lotus Sutra draws many worshipers as the head temple of the Nichiren sect. Many annual events are also held here. The Setsubun Ritual held in February attracts tens of thousands of people. In the grounds of the temple are drooping trees said to be 400 years old. The place is well known as a cherry blossom viewing spot with beautiful pale pink flowers showing their full glory during the spring.

    Fantastic experience, beautiful buildings, 287 steps to reach the Temple. Must see if you are visiting Minobu

  • Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja
    186 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Kamiyoshida 5558
    This shrine boasts some 1,900 years of history and is also known as the starting point for the Mt. Fuji Yoshida Trail. The shrine flourished in the Edo period as a center for Mt. Fuji worship, and one can still sense the vestiges of this period on the shrine’s extravagant grounds. The goddess of Mt. Fuji, Konohanasakuya-hime, is enshrined here, and it is said she grants easy childbirth and the prevention of fires. The Yoshida Fire Festival, considered one of Japan’s top three unusual festivals, is held here very year on August 26 and 27.

    This is a very impressive shrine that puts you in touch with the kami and the profound direct experience of nature that lies at the heart of the Japanese spirit world. Rather than getting a bus to...

  • Mt. Kachi Ropeway
    1083 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Asagawa 1163-1
    This ropeway can be ridden from the shores of Lake Kawaguchi. Mt. Tenjo is said to be where the Japanese folktale, “Kachi-kachi Yama,” took place, hence the name of the ropeway. The ropeway takes three minutes to reach the top, 1,075 meters above sea level. From there, visitors can get a panoramic view of Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji and, on clear days, even the Japanese Southern Alps. You can descend via a hiking trail, passing by sights such as Tenjoyama Gokoku-jinja Shrine and a stone monument commemorating famed author Osamu Dazai.

    Visited as part of 2n stay very close to ropeway We were staying next door so joined queue before 9am start. First ones on as had a combo ticket so didn’t need to buy Very few people at first...

  • Lake Motosu
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Motosu
    Lake Motosu is the deepest lake of the Fuji Five Lakes boasting a maximum depth of about 122 meters. The lake water is so transparent you can see an upside down Mt. Fuji like that printed on the back of the 1,000 yen note. The lake is also famous for being a place where you can see the Diamond Fuji phenomenon which is when the rising sun on the New Year’s Day aligns perfectly with the peak of Mt. Fuji. Windsurfing and bass fishing are also popular things to do on the lake with many windsurfers and anglers visiting especially during the summer.
  • Suntory Whisky Hakushu Distillery
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Hakushuchoutorihara 2913-1
    "Suntory Whisky Hakushu Distillery (also known as the ""Mountain Forest Distillery"") is located in the foothills of the Southern Alps, around 20 minutes' drive from the Kobuchizawa Interchange of the Chuo Expressway. Within the Distillery grounds there is the Suntory Museum of Whisky, which enables visitors to learn about the history of Suntory 's Hakushu single malt whisky and about global whisky culture, a shop selling Suntory Whisky Hakushu Distillery goods, a restaurant serving delicious seasonal foods made using locally-produced ingredients, a bar, etc. There is no admission charge, but advance booking is required (bookings must be made at least one day before the visit). Distillery tours (with whisky tasting) are available; there is a charge for these tours."
  • Arakurayama Sengen Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Arakura 3353-1
    Arakurayama Sengen Park is the best place to see Mt. Fuji from within Fujiyoshida City. Especially during the spring, when the Yoshino cherry blossom trees are in full bloom in the park, it’s a popular place to enjoy both the cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji. Moreover, having been designated as one of the new three major night views in Japan and top 100 night views, it’s no wonder the park is hugely popular with night view fans.
  • Roadside Station Doshi
    85 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugundoushimura 9745
    Roadside Station Doshi provides all sorts of information including tourist information on Doshi Village, events and special products. In the restaurant you can enjoy some original dishes made with ingredients freshly harvested from the village. They also have a dessert menu with dishes made with watercress, a special product of Doshi. The shop sells Doshi pork related products, vegetables and edible wild plants from local farmers, river fish, and shichiri miso, etc. They also have a range of vases and woodwork products on sale too. Events are sometimes held depending on the season.


  • Oshi, Former Togawa Family Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Kamiyoshida 3-14-8
    This is a house where Mt. Fuji’s Oshi (low ranking Shinto priest) priests have worked for generations. Oshi were people who carried out missionary work and prayer for the Mt. Fuji religious faith, looking after the lodgings and meals of Fujiko believers who were making the pilgrimage up Mt. Fuji. This is a presently existing invaluable building which supported the Mt. Fuji faith. The main building which was constructed in 1768 has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 2011. It is also a constituent asset of the World Heritage Fuji, and you can see materials such goshinzen room and mountain climbing costumes at the Residence.
  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave
    254 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunnarusawamura 8533
    This is a cave located at the eastern entrance to the “Aokigahara Jukai” (sea of trees) forest, and is one of the sightseeing spots within the Fuji Five Lakes area. In 864 A.D., when Mt. Nagao, a flank volcano of Mt. Fuji erupted, the red hot lava flow descended down between the ancient parasitic volcanoes creating this cave. The average temperature within the cave is as low as three degrees, and it is covered with ice year round. It was designated by the Ministry of Education as a Natural Monument in 1929.

    Pictures do not do this short walk through cave justice. You are required to hard a hard hat that is proved. It can be slippery in areas so wear good shoes. There are hand rails. You go down stairs...

  • Fugaku Wind Cave
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Saiko Aokigahara 2068-1
    This is a cave with an average temperature of three degrees in “Aokigahara Jukai” (sea of trees) forest, and it was used to store silkworm eggs until the early Showa period. It has also been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan. The total length of the tunnel is 201 meters. This is a horizontal cave where icicles, lava shelves and ropy lava can be seen. As the inside of the cave is gently sloping and easy to walk, it is suitable for adults and children of all ages.


  • Saiko ‘Iyashi no Sato Nenba’ open air museum
    418 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Saiko (Negishi) 2710
    In 2006 the village of thatched roofed buildings which formerly existed on the shores of the Lake Saiko, the Nemba area, were reconstructed as “Iyashi no Sato”. The buildings which number approximately 20 have been turned into restaurants where you can taste different types of local cuisine, areas for handmade interactive workshops and shops selling local products. Also because Mt. Fuji can be clearly seen, many people take pictures together with the thatched roofed buildings.

    Went as part of a 2n stay in the area Borderline nominal entrance fee (350yen each) for the 20 huts but mostly contrived version of ‘traditional crafts’ with little more than 60 seconds spent in...

  • Yamanakako Forest Park of Literature Mishima Yukio Literary Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunyamanakakomura Hirano 506-296
    This library and museum is dedicated to the writer Yukio Mishima. The collection holds a variety of items including the first prints of 99 of Yukio Mishima's books, autographed manuscripts donated by his family, literary notes, letters, and more. The exhibit hall looks at his life from the time of his birth to his suicide, as well as his posthumous influence. There's also an exhibit that replicates Yukio Mishima's study, as well as displays with commentary on his wide range of work in various genres. Yamanakako Forest Park of Literature where the museum is located has features like stone haiku monuments on the edge of Lake Yamanaka.

Yamanashi Main Areas


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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