History / Culture / Tour Spots in Yamanashi Area

  • Arakura Fujisengen-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Minobusan Kuonji Temple
    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.
  • Kawaguchi Asama-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Fuji Omuro Sengen-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Katsuyama 3951
    Built by Fujiwara Noritada in the year 699, this shrine is the oldest on Mt. Fuji. While it was originally built at Mt. Fuji's second station, the shrine was rebuilt multiple times by the imperial family and influential warlords due to deterioration stemming from the severe surrounding natural environment and following its destruction in eruptions. It was finally relocated to its current location in 1974 in order to preserve it. The current main shrine building, a nationally-designated important cultural property, was built in 1612 by Tokugawa clan vassal Torii Naritsugu.
  • Araya Yama-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Maizuru Castle Park
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kanazakura-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Mitakechou 2347
    This shrine that sits above Shosenkyo Gorge enshrines Mt. Kinpu. Its treasure house contains the Hi no Tama and Mizu no Tama, two polished balls of quartz crystal that were excavated in the region The shrine's sacred ukon no sakura cherry blossom tree has long been commemorated in the folk song kane no naru ki no kanazakura (the golden cherry blossom tree that makes you money). From late April to early May, it blooms with golden blossoms. The shrine is visited by many people seeking a blessing of luck with money.
  • 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.
  • Misogi-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachou Takahara
    This shrine is located in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It was built in 1985 by the Misogi-kyo sect of the Shinto religion as a revival of its Inoue Shrine in Higashi-Ueno, Tokyo that was lost in 1974. Yamanashi Prefecture was chosen as the location due to its high number of sect members. The Noh theater located on the temple grounds is known for being the venue for concerts by the folk duo Yuzu.
  • Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kai no Kuni Ichinomiya Asama-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachouichinomiya 1684
    This shrine is the ichinomiya (highest-ranked shrine) of Kai Province. The shrine, which is visited by many people every year, has deep ties to the Warring States period warlord Takeda Shingen. Most notably, the shrine possesses a tachi sword donated to the shrine by Takeda Shingen that is a prefecturally-designated cultural property, as well as a tanzaku (long strip of paper) featuring a poem by Takeda Shingen that is a Fuefuki City-designated tangible cultural property. The shrine's Omiyuki festival and plum branch-breaking ritual are especially well-known events.
  • Kentokusan Erinji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

Yamanashi 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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