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  • 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.

    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...

  • Minobusan Kuonji Temple
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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.

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

  • Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja
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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.

    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...

  • Oshi, Former Togawa Family Residence
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    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
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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.
  • Yamanakako Forest Park of Literature Mishima Yukio Literary Museum
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    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.
  • Ehonmura
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachoukamisasao 3332-426
    Quietly sitting in the middle of the Yatsugatake forest with its characteristic mountain hut appearance is Ehonmura. This is the first library in Japan dedicated to picture books with a ‘Story House’ where you can freely read picture books, and an ‘Art House’ with a display of original picture book images and a picture book corner just for grown-ups. The idea is to bring the world of picture books and the warmth of the wooded surroundings into the hearts of children from 0 to 100 years old. Workshops and puppet shows are held on the stage decorated with cute looking pictures. And in the adjoining cafe visitors can enjoy a relaxing cup of original herb tea.

    強い雨の中、予定変更を強いられ、たまたま近くにあったえほん村を訪れました。始めは2歳児から500円の入村料は高いかなと思いましたが、いざ入ってみると、流石、日本最初の絵本専門図書館。国内外の様々な絵本があり、子どもたちは夢中になって手にとっていました。家具、調度品は、造形作家の松村太三郎氏(村長)によるもので、とても落ちついた空間になっています。比較的、品のある家族の方々が多く訪れており、とてもい...

  • Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545-1222
    A photographic art museum in Kiyosato Highland, Yatsugatake. Works are presented based on three ideas, “an understanding for living things”, “eternal platinum prints”, and “young portfolio”. Temporary exhibitions and workshops are held from time to time, and the museum is home to a restaurant, museum shop, and recreation center for members. There is also an area to browse more than 300 domestic and foreign photographic collections.

    清里にあるフォトミュージアムです。訪れたときは台湾写真交流展という企画展が開催されていました。 1970~1990年代の台湾での写真の数々はとても興味深いものでした。

  • Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
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    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.

    Keith Haring may be fading from public memory, but we New Yorker's have not forgotten his memorable and daring public street art from the '80s, even if we did not at the time know about the...

  • Moegi-no-Mura Village Museum Hall of Halls
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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。

  • Kiyosato Porcelain Museum
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545-550
    The Kiyosato Porcelain Museum opened in 1997 to showcase various porcelain specimens from the 16th century until modern times, with a focus on German-born “Meissen porcelain” and its over 300 years of history. You’ll find many exquisitely beautiful articles on display. The stairwell between the first and second floors contains four panes of stained glass that are a must-see. The closest station is JR Kiyosato Station.

    清里駅から近いミュージアムでコレクターさんが集めたマイセンの作品が展示されていて素晴らしいものばかりでため息が出ました。

  • Former Hirata Family Residence and Shop
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    Gunma Pref. Kiryushi Honchou 1-6-28
    A 15 minute walk from JR Kiryu Station. The area where this building is located was selected as an Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 2012. This historic former residence and shop stands on the east side of the central road passing through. The first owner of the shop, Hirata Uhachi, set up his own general store in 1851; thereafter, the store carried dyes and raw silk thread, but the difficulties of acquiring stock during the war forced it to close. The structure is a rare example of Meiji-period townhouse architecture and the primary building and adjoining storehouse were registered as Tangible Cultural Properties in 2006.
  • 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.

    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...

  • Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Kawaguchi 3077-20
    This music box museum is located in Kawaguchiko Town, Minamitsuru County Yamanashi Prefecture. Guests can enjoy seeing and hearing historical music boxes, as well as live musical performances. The museum's flower garden is colored with seasonal flowers that when combined with the surrounding buildings create an exotic atmosphere for visitors to experience. This museum also features a souvenir shop and a restaurant.

    Was a bit small and catered to children, would have enjoyed being able to hear more of the antique music boxes which were beautiful and intricate but we couldn't hear their music, so what was the...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Araya Yama-jinja Shrine
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    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Araya 1230
    This shrine stands on the Gan-no-ana lava flow plateau located between Araya and Mt. Fuji. Built in 1534, the shrine is beloved by locals by the nickname Yama-no-kami-sama. The shrine's deity is Oyamatsumi-no-Mikoto, the guardian of mountains. Also known as a deity of industry, praying to him is said to bring about prosperity in business, prosperity in forestry, luck with money, and other benefits.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center
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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。

  • Shinpu Castle Ruins
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    Yamanashi Pref. Nirasakishi Nakadamachi Nakajou
    These castle ruins in now Nakada-machi, Nirasaki City, were the site of the Takeda clan's last castle. This culmination of the Koshu style of castle architecture that represents the Takeda clan was tragically burned down by its lord Takeda Katsuyori only 68 days after it was built during an attack by Oda Nobunaga's forces. Today, only the castle's moat, embankment, and a few other elements remain. Shinpu Fujitake Shrine located near the site of the inner citadel is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms every spring.
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
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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.

    Calm place. Near to kofu station and science museum. Entry fees 500 yen after entering temple. Free parking available

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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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