Nature Spots in Yamanashi Area

  • 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’.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aokigahara Sea of Trees
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    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.
  • Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave
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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.
  • Lake Shojiko
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    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.
  • Lake Saiko
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    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
    Located at an elevation of 900 meters, Lake Saiko is one of the Fuji Five Lakes. At 2.12 square kilometers, it is not very large, but it is deep, about 72 meters, and its intensely blue surface has a mystic beauty. Whether it is azaleas in the spring, verdant greenery in the early summer, colored leaves in the fall, or soft rime in the winter, visitors can enjoy scenic beauty in every season, and the lake is a favorite spot for water activities. In 2010, kunimasu (local salmon), believed to live only Lake Tazawa in Akita Prefecture, were found in Lake Saiko for the first time in 70 years, a discovery that made news headlines.
  • Fugaku Wind Cave
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    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.
  • Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge
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    Kofu city, Yamanashi prefecture
    Designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge is said to be the most picturesque valley in Japan. There is a lot to see here including cliffs and strange rocks, and powerful waterfalls like Senga-taki Falls. And especially in autumn, the contrast of the red and yellow trees against the bare white rock is a fine sight indeed. Enjoy the beauty created by nature while taking a walk along the river side.
  • Nishizawa Gorge
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    Yamanashi Prefecture Yamanashi-shi
    You’ll find this canyon in Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park. It is known as one of the country’s leading “forest therapy” spots. There’s a promenade inside the canyon, and you can enjoy trekking and hiking as well. In addition to the Nanatsugama Godan Falls, one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, you’ll also find a matrix of caverns, a frog-shaped rock formation, and many other sights. It’s also a well-known rhododendron and fall foliage spot, and plenty of tourists visit throughout the seasons.
  • Mikuni Pass
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    Yamanakako village Minamitsuru gun Yamanashi prefecture
    This mountain passes straddling the three prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Yamanashi features views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka below near the bottom of the pass. The panoramic observatory located halfway up the pass is famous as a spot for catching a Diamond Fuji on film. These attractions have made it a popular place for a drive.
  • Yanagisawa Pass
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    Koshu city, Yamanashi prefecture
    This mountain pass located at an altitude of 1,472 meters is popular for its amazing views. The pass, the highest on National Route 144, is a great place from which to take pictures of the beautiful Mt. Fuji or the Mountains of Okutama. The nearby Yanagisawa Pass Tea House is famous for serving tea made with the area's great water and its views of Mt. Fuji.
  • Daibosatsu Pass
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    Koshu city, Yamanashi prefecture
    This mountain pass up Mt. Daibosatsurei, counted among one of Japan's 100 best mountains, is located at an altitude of around 1,900 meters. Said to be the toughest part of the old Ome Kaido Road, the pass became a household name as the setting of a Kaizan Nakazato's novel. The ridge of Mt. Daibosatsurei offers views of Mt. Fuji, the Southern Alps, and the Yatsugatake Mountains. It also features a rich variety of alpine plans, making it a popular place for hiking.
  • Odarumi Pass
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    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Kawakami village/Yamanashi prefecture Yamanashi shi
    A pass on the border between Kawakami Village, Minamisaku County, Nagano Prefecture and Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture. 2,365 meters above sea level, the pass is the highest hill climbing course in Japan which allows vehicle traffic. The pass is closed to all traffic in winter from December to May.
  • Yashajin Pass
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    Yamanashi Prefecture Minami Alps City Ashin Ashikura
    This mountain pass is located at the southern tip of the three peaks of Ho-o Sanzan, the vanguard of the Southern Japan Alps. It is highly recommended for its beauty, especially in May due to the fresh green leaves and from mid to late October due to the fall foliage. The route is also easily understood and can be climbed in an hour, making it a popular destination for mountain climbing with the whole family. Its great location gives the pass a head-on view of the three peaks of Shirane sanzan.
  • Mt. Minobu
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Minobu
    A 1,153 meter tall mountain located in Minobu-cho, Minamikoma County, Yamanashi Prefecture. There is a ropeway which can take you to the top of the mountain in about seven minutes, and during your ride in the sky you can enjoy fantastic scenery. There are also two trails which visitors can use to hike to the top as well. The mountain is a habit for Japanese macaques, wild boar, Japanese deer, and a variety of other animals, as well as Japanese serow and Japanese dormice, rare species designated as Natural Monuments which you just might catch a glimpse of if you're lucky. Twice a year, visitors can enjoy the sight of the sun perfectly capping the top of the mountain in a phenomenon popularly known as the “Diamond Fuji,” and the mountain is also a popular spiritual destination.
  • Lake Shibire
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    Yamanashi Prefecture Nishiyachiyo-gun Ichikawa Misato-cho Yamaeya Four Tail Unit
    This small natural mountaintop lake in located in Ichikawamisato Town, Nishiyatsushiro County, Yamanashi Prefecture. Legend has it that this mystical lake was the site of rainmaking rituals. The lake shore features a campground and a rental boat dock. You can enjoy the colors of the cherry blossoms in spring and the autumn foliage in the fall.
  • Mt. Daibosatsurei
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    Yamanashi Pref. Kitatsuruguntabayamamura
    This 2,057 meter-tall mountain in Tanbayama Village, Kitatsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture was designed as one of Japan's 100 best mountains. From the ridge, you can see mountains including Mt. Fuji, the Minami Alps, Mt. Norikura, and Mt. Yatsugatake. The long, gently sloping mountain ridge makes it a popular destination for beginning climbers. In the summer, you can enjoy views of the mountain's wild grasses and flowers, while in the autumn you can enjoy views of the fall foliage.
  • Mt. Mitsutoge
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    Yamanashi Prefecture Minamitsuru-gun Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
    This mountain features views of a variety of lovely alpine plants during the bloom season. Long popular for its amazing views of Mt. Fuji near the peak, the mountain is visited by many climbers. The mountain's Byobuiwa Rock is a Mecca for rock climbers looking to train their skills.

Yamanashi Areas

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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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