Travel / Tourism Spots in Yamanashi Area

  • Takeda-jinja Shrine
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    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.

    This shrine is dedicated to Shingen Takeda who was a famous Samurai in the Sengoku period. He was so strong in wars that this shrine is known as giving luck to a battle. The precinct has wide space...

  • Suntory Hakushu Distillery and Suntory Natural Mineral Water Minami Alps Hakushu Plant
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    363 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Hokuto-shi Hakushucho Torihara 2913-1
    "This malt whiskey distillery, also known as the ""Forest Distillery"", is located in the foothills of the Southern Alps approximately 20 minutes by car from Kobuchizawa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. On the grounds is the ""Whiskey Museum"" where visitors can learn about the history of the birth of the single malt whiskey ""Hakushu"", and the worldwide culture of whiskey. There is also a shop that offers goods limited to the distillery, as well as restaurants and bars featuring seasonal dishes made from local produce. There is no charge for admission but reservations (at least one day in advance) are required. A factory tour (including tasting) is also available (fees apply)."

    I love whisky distilleries and this one did not disappoint (except for one thing, to be mentioned below). The location was breathtaking, in the Japanese Southern Alps, and the tour was fantastic...

  • Lake Kawaguchi
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    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’.
  • Roadside Station Fujiyoshida
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    173 Reviews
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    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.

    Went on our way back home from Kawaguchiko area. Parking lot is large but still many cars were waiting for vacation.Yes, this is a very popular, crowded michi-no-eki. But worth visiting, especially...

  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
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    352 Reviews
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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.

    The kimonos are exquisite. Well worth a visit. There was also a video which showed how they were made - very impressive.

  • Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave
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    292 Reviews
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    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.

    Went here after villa staff recommended it. Nowhere was it stated that the ice was seasonal. Staff informed us it was the #1 disappointment season, after we paid for the ticket. Going down into the...

  • Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja
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    252 Reviews
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    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.

    Such an incredible Shrine. I visited this shrine off the road and walked the beautiful path to the shrine. The path was full of beautifully huge trees and structures. Once I entered the grounds of...

  • Oshino Hakkai Springs
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    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.
  • Roadside Station Doshi
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    3.5
    102 Reviews
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    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.

    たまたまなのかはわかりませんが、週末だというのに珍しく駐車場が空いていました。いつもは信号手前のところから、駐車場に入るための列ができているのに。コロナの影響はもうないはずなんだけど、観光シーズンではないからかな。

  • Minobusan Kuonji Temple
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    234 Reviews
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    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.

    There is a lot of history here and participating in morning prayer (5:30AM) whether you follow the faith or not provides for a relaxing and unique introspective experience. The ropeway to Mt Minobu...

  • Maizuru Castle Park
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    284 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Marunouchi 1
    This castle park is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Originally the site of Kofu Castle, built at the end of the 16th century, today parts of the castle ruins are a public park. The area in and around the park features a number of historic sites that help visitors imagine what the castle would have looked like in its heyday. These include Yuki Bridge, the castle quarry, and Inari Yagura Tower. The park has a great team of volunteer tour guides.

    Basically just the ruins of castle. While it can be a great view, the steps up are steep and uneven with no handrails.

  • Lake Yamanaka
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    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.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center
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    189 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.

    Even if you only have a passing interest in trains (or even none at all!) this is well worth calling into if youre on your way to Fuji. The staff were all very helpful - enthusiastic even to help...

  • Shosenkyo Gorge Ropeway
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    153 Reviews
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    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.

    Small cable car that takes you to the top of the mountains overlooking Kofu with (on a clear day) a great view of Mount Fuji. Not for the faint of heart if worried about heights.

  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
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    180 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Zenkouji 3-36-1
    This temple is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It was built in 1558 by Takeda Shingen, who feared that the fires caused by the Battles of Kawanakajima would reach Shinano Zenkoji Temple, as a place to relocate the temple's statues, scriptures, and other properties. The temple's gate and main hall are nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties. The treasure hall built on the temple grounds exhibit some of the temple's countless treasures.

    It will be great to read some history of Takeda Shingen from the war period in Japan prior to visiting the temple. A totally historical place that continue to play import religious roles in the...

  • Arakurayama Sengen Park
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    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.
  • Kentokusan Erinji Temple
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    4.0
    182 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Enzanoyashiki 2280
    This temple famous for its gardens, a nationally-designed historic site and scenic area, was chosen by samurai warlord Takeda Shingen to serve as his family's temple. It also boasts many attractions including a good number of cultural properties such as its four-legged gate, a National Important Cultural Property, and the family gravesite of Takeda Shingen, a prefecturally-designated Historical Site. Every April 12, the temple is packed with people attending the Shingen Festival.

    Following Shousenkyou Valley, we visited Erinji Buddhist Temple of the Rinzai zen sect in Koushuu City. There are a couple of must sees in this temple founded in the 14th century which is also the...

  • Kawaguchi Asama-jinja Shrine
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    114 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 1
    This old shrine was built on the command of Emperor Seiwa in 865 in the hopes of extinguishing the fires caused by the eruption of Mt. Fuji the previous year. It enshrines Asama no Okami (Konohananosakuya-hime), the deity of Mt. Fuji. The Magomi matsuri festival held in April and the Daidai Okagurasai festival held in July both see many visitors. The shrine was designated as part of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site in 2013.

    In this spot, you can capture the beauty of Fujiyama only as a single object, but also together with a pagoda or a shrine gate. It brings you to the next level of seeing the Fujiyama.

  • Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art
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    149 Reviews
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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.

    I’ve only toured the museum exhibits once but I often came to visit the gorgeous gardens and walk the grounds. My girlfriend and I came here together and we have wonderful memories of this place. The...

  • Roadside Station Hakushu
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    178 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Hakushuchoushirasu 1308
    A roadside station in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Located at the hiking entrance to Mt. Kaikomagatake, it provides tourist information, sells fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and rice, as well as an array of specialty goods cultivated with Hakushu's meisui water. You can enjoy a meal at the restaurant which makes good use of in-season ingredients. Meisui water springs up near the entrance. You can pump it and take some home if you'd like.

    Michi-no-Eki (or Roadside Stations) have become popular with Japanese families when they are out for a drive in the countryside - there are hundreds, some regarded as destinations - but really a...

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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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