Spots in Shimobe / Minobu / Hayakawa Area

  • Lake Motosu
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kouan Camp
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Nakanokura 2926
    Located at a beautiful site with the grand Mt. Fuji right in front, sitting over the extremely clear Lake Motosu-the deepest of Fuji Five Lakes-Kouan Campsite offers you two choices for staying, a tent site or a cabin. Since the campsite is located on the northern bank of Lake Motosu, you can see the front face of Mt. Fuji directly.
  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Fujikawa
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunfujikawachou Aoyagimachi 1655-3
    This roadside station located in Fujikawa Town, Minamikoma County, Yamanashi Prefecture features a tourist information area offering information on roads and tourist sites, a farmer's market, a restaurant, and more. The farmer's market offers a variety of locally-harvest fruits and vegetables including tomatoes and yuzu citrus. The station's restaurant, Fujikawa Kitchen, is notable for its large menu featuring dishes that leverage seasonal ingredients and traditional flavors.
  • Shibireko Suimeisou
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Nishiyatsushirogunichikawamisatochou Yamaho 3378
    Lake Shibire, which has been designated as a Yamanashi Prefectural Natural Park, is a beautiful mountain lake located at an altitude of 850 meters. It is one of the Fuji Eight Lakes a group of sacred lakes and marshes that surround Mt. Fuji. This camping ground allows campers to pitch tents on the lake shore or hang a hammock in the forest. The tent site cannot be accessed by car, so you have to carry your luggage by wheelbarrow.
  • Roadside Station Tomizawa
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunnambuchou Fukushi 28507-1
    This roadside station in Nanbu Town, Minamikoma County, Yamanashi Prefecture has a giant statue of a bamboo shoot as a landmark. Located at the border of Southwest Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefecture, the facility is a key hub for stimulating the region's economy and life. The farmer's market offers the town's specialties, locally-harvested seasonal vegetables, and more. The food court's takenoko gohan (rice cooked along with bamboo shoots) and seasonal soba noodles are quite popular with visitors.
  • Roadside Station Shimobe
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Furuseki 4321
    This roadside station, part of Shimobe Noson Culture Park, is nestled in a quiet spot in the mountains. Its attractions include a barbequing square, a relocated folk home, a grassy square, a soba noodle restaurant, and a shop offering local specialties. It also has a firefly dome where visitors can learn about fireflies. From December to February, visitors can try their hand at making Shimobe miso paste with soy beans grown in Minobu Town, a very popular activity.
  • Lake Shibire
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Yamanashi Fujikawa Craft Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Shimoyama 159
    This large 53-hectare park is located in Kyonan area, the southern part of Yamanashi Prefecture. The well-equipped park's facilities include large grassy spaces, a fort-style playground with a large playset, a massive hedge and tree maze, a large flower bed, a large splash pad, a dog park, a barbequing area, and a canoeing pool. The park also features a roadside station and an art museum, making it a great place to spend a day.
  • Motosuko Ikoi no Mori Campsite
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Kamahitai 2035
    This campsite offers campers a number of different places to stay to meet their needs, including the administrative building's lodging facilities, several types of bungalow, and two types of tent sites. It also offers a wide selection of activities to enjoy including canoeing and snorkeling at Lake Motosuko, trekking Mt. Ryugatake while enjoying the great scenery provided by Mt. Fuji, and playing nature games in the cool forest. Come refresh mind and body in this lush natural environment located at an altitude of 900 meters.
  • Minobusan Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Minobu 4226-2
    This aerial cable car now in service for 55 years has an altitude difference of 763 meters, the largest in the Kanto region. It also has three observation decks near Okunoin Station at the peak. The eastern observation deck near the station offers a grand panoramic view spanning from the Tenshi Mountains to Suruga Bay and the Izu Peninsula. It also features a view of Mt. Fuji selected as one of the 100 best in Kanto. In September, October, and November, the park hosts an event called Minobu Night Walk Sorawatashi for two days each month.
  • Mt. Minobu
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ichikawa-Daimon Sports Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Nishiyatsushirogunichikawamisatochou Takata 682
    This multi-purpose sports ground is along a river in Nishiyatsushiro County, Yamanashi Prefecture. It has both a baseball field and a softball field that you can reserve for a fee. It also hosts the Shinmei Fireworks, Yamanashi Prefecture's biggest display. Held annually on August 7, the nationally popular event features an elaborate program including music and a light show. It was chosen as the number one firework display by top ranked pyrotechnics masters on the Tokyo Broadcasting Service's show Job Tune.
  • Roadside Station Minobu Fujikawa Tourism Center
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Shimoyama Within 1597 Fujikawa Craft Park
    Minobu Roadside Station is in Fujikawa Craft Park, located about five minutes by taxi from Shimobe Onsen Station on the JR Minobu Line in Minamikoma County, Yamanashi Prefecture. It is an information center that provides information about tourism and products in southern Yamanashi Prefecture and the Kyonan region. In the Nishijima Washi Kobo Sutekiya, visitors can try their hand at making postcards or collages of Nishijima washi (handmade paper) with their own designs. Other hands-on experiences include seal engraving, making items out of rattan, and kite flying lessons, all held in the Monozukurikan.
  • Tsumugi no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Nishiyatsushirogunichikawamisatochou Kamogaritsumugi 640
    This hot spring facility has indoor and outdoor baths of varying sizes, and is popular locally for offering quality hot spring effects at reasonable prices. The water include chloride springs, and is said to be effective against lower back pain and sensitivity to cold. It lets you warm your whole body. The facility also has a rest space, a local specialty sales area, and health equipment like exercise bikes and stair machines.
  • Shimobe Onsen Kaikan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Minamikomagunminobuchou Shimobe 1130-1
    This day use hot spring facility is in Minobu Town, Minamikoma County, Yamanashi Prefecture. The location has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Hot Springs in Japan, and the legend says that Takeda Shingen came here to heal his wounds by the battle of Kawanakajima. The water type is highly alkaline simple spring, and is said to be effective in relieving injuries and broken bones.
  • Mahora no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    1765-2 Nagasawa, Fujikawa-cho, Minamigeuma-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
    This hot spring facility is in Fujikawa Town, Minamikoma County, Yamanashi Prefecture. In addition to large indoor baths, they have lie-down baths, bubble-jet baths, spring source low temperature baths, and stone and brick baths on a weekly rotation between men and women. The hypotonic mildly alkaline spring water is believed to be effective in treating nerve soreness, muscle pain, and joint pain. They also have a restaurant serving original pumpkin hoto, a version of the local specialty noodle miso soup, and a banquet as well.
  • Kabuki Bunka Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Nishiyatsushiro-gun Ichikawamisato Cho Ueno 3158
    This park is located in Ueno, Ichikawamisato Town, Nishiyatsushiro County, a place associated with the noted kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro I. Its facilities include a multipurpose hall that can accommodate more than 400 people, a culture museum, the Fureai Hiroba plaza, and the Ikoi no Mori rest area. The park also has a playground with play equipment featuring kabuki-inspired designs. The park is famous for the nearly 2,000 tree peonies representing some 100 varieties that bloom in late April each year.
  • Mitama Hot Spring
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Nishiyatsushiro-gun Ichikawamisato Cho Otsuka 2608
    This hot spring bathhouse is located in Otsuka, Ichikawamisato Town, Nishiyatsushiro County. Its outdoor baths are fed from free-flowing alkaline simple springs containing natural organic compounds released by ancient plants. The nighttime views from these baths earned the facility a place amongst the 100 Night Views of Japan, a first for a hot spring bathhouse. The bathhouse's other facilities include saunas, a massage parlor, a restaurant, and a lounge. There is also an adjacent farmers' market.
  • Isshiki Hotaru no Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Minamikoma-gun Minobucho Isshiki Chinai
    This firefly habitat is about a ten-minute drive from Shimobeonsen-Hayakawa Interchange on the Chubu-Odan Expressway. It is one only a few habitats in Japan where genji-botaru (Luciola cruciata) reproduce naturally. The habitat is located in the Isshiki District of Minobu Town a short distance from Shimobe Onsen, which is known for having been one of the private hot springs of the feudal lord Takeda Shingen. Countless genji-botaru fireflies dance in the air here from late May to late June. A visitor's center, the Isshiki Hotaru Information Center, is located in the district. The Isshiki Firefly Festival held on a Saturday in early to mid June features booths selling local specialties, concerts, and other attractions. Many people come across the country to attend the festival.

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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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