Travel / Tourism Spots in Yamanashi Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Transportation
    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.
  • Oishi Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Oishi 2585
    This scenic park in Fujikawaguchiko Town, Minamitsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture on the bank of Lake Kawaguchi features views of both the lake and of Mt. Fuji. On clear days, the park bustles with people enjoying walking or photographing the seasonal flowers. The park is also a children's playground equipped with swings, a sandbox, slides, and more.
  • Lake Motosu
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    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.
  • Roadside Station Fujiyoshida
    Transportation
    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.
  • Mt. Kachi Ropeway
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    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.
  • Aokigahara Sea of Trees
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
    This 3,000-hectare forest was created by lava flows from Mt. Fuji's eruption in the year 864. This lush forest is primarily inhabited by evergreen trees such as Japanese cypress and southern Japanese hemlock, but is also home to broadleaf trees such as Mongolian oak and Japanese maple. Do the many species of flora and fauna that can be seen there, we recommend taking a guided tour with a certified nature guide.
  • 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.
  • Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave
    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.
  • Arakura Fujisengen-jinja Shrine
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    2-4-1 Asama, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture
    This shrine located in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture was built in the year 705. It is worshipped by locals for protection from disasters, household harmony, safe childbirth, and children's healthy growth. Some of the shrine's landmarks include a sacred tree worshipped for children's growth and a five-storied pagoda that serves as a monument to the faithful who have fallen in battle. In the spring, the temple is visited by many who come to see their 300 cherry blossom trees in full bloom.
  • Yamanakako Panoramic Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunyamanakakomura Hirano
    This observation dock is located along between Lake Yamanaka and Mikuni Pass along Prefectural Route 730. During the day, visitors can enjoy views of Lake Yamanaka and Mt. Fuji, and on clear days you can even see as far as the Southern Japan Alps. During the sunset, the sky and the lake are tinted red by the setting sun, creating a truly mystical sight. The ocean of silver grass that grows in the surrounding area treats visitors to especially beautiful sights in the fall.
  • Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Fuji Subaru Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Prefecture Fujiyoshida-shi, Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun Narusawa village
    This 30-kilometer-long scenic road connects Lake Kawaguchi to Mt. Fuji fifth station. After driving for about forty minutes through the forest, which is home to Japanese red pine, and southern Japanese hemlock, and other species, you will arrive at the fifth station. There, you can enjoy views of the Mt. Yatsugatake and Southern Japan Alps, as well as a grand panoramic view of the Fuji Five Lakes below that can only be described as astounding. This mountain road stays open all year long and can be traveled in during winter depending on the road conditions and weather (except during periods when personal vehicles are banned).
  • Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja
    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.
  • Takeda-jinja Shrine
    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.
  • Saiko ‘Iyashi no Sato Nenba’ open air museum
    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.
  • Lake Shojiko
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
    Located at an elevation of 900 meters, Lake Shojiko Is the smallest of the Fuji Five Lakes at only 0.5 square kilometers, but its surface is such a beautiful clear blue that during the Meiji period, it was touted overseas as the Switzerland of East Asia. Due to the frequently occurring upside down reflection of Mt. Fuji in its waters and the fact that Mt. Fuji appears to be embracing the smaller Mt. Omuro, the sight is sometimes call Fuji hugging its child. This scene makes the lake a popular spot for photographers.

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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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