Spots in Kofu / Shosenkyo / Katsunuma Area

  • Hottarakashi Onsen Acchi-no-yu and Kocchi-no-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Yatsubo 1669-18
    With Mt. Fuji straight ahead and the Kofu Basin down below, great views can be had while taking a bath in this hot spring. The bath opens one hour before sunrise so opening hours vary depending on the season. The spring water in the Kocchi-no-yu bath is completely colorless and transparent while the freshly poured bath water in the Acchi-no-yu bath is a clear and bright yellowish brown color. The water is said to be good for those who are overly sensitive to the cold, those who have nerve pains, and also aids fatigue recovery. The new water sources make it more difficult to catch a chill after the bath and cause little irritation to the skin so it is good for children or the elderly. As well as hot spring baths, there are souvenir shops, snack bars, restaurants and outdoor viewing terraces on site.
  • 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.
  • Yamanashi Fuefukigawa Fruit Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Yamanashi-shi Ezohara 1488
  • Shosenkyo Gorge Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Ikarichou 441
    This ropeway is located in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Built on a panoramic lookout at the top of Shosenkyo Gorge where the old road meets the new road, the car takes about five minutes to complete a journey. Passengers on the ropeway can enjoy great views of mountains including Mt. Yasaburo, one of Yamanashi's most famous 100 mountains, as well as Mt. Fuji, Southern Japan Alps, and the Chichibu Mountains. The lower station in the foothills features a souvenir shop, while the upper station at the peak features a diner that serves hoto noodles and char.
  • Kikyo Shingen Mochi Factory Theme Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Ichinomiyachoutsuboi 1928
    Kikyo Shingen Mochi has been awarded many prizes including the honorary president award, at the National Confectionery Exposition. The factory is surrounded by lush vegetation with a site area of 11,000 square meters and a total floor area of 5,000 square meters. On the factory tour you can see how 100,000 pieces of Kikyo Shingen Mochi a day are packed meticulously by hand. You can also have a go at packing some of the mochi and enjoy sampling some of the delicious sweets. Admission is free and advance reservations are not required if going alone. Factory tour times are fixed so be sure to check in advance.
  • Koshu City Katsunuma Budo no Oka
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachouhishiyama 5093
    This tourist facility in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture is focused on grapes and wine. The underground wine cave offers brands of wines that have passed the wine quality screening organized by the city. In addition to wine tastings, the facility also offers an area where guests can enjoy wine as part of a meal or a barbeque. The hot springs spa featuring views of Southern Japan Alps, the Kofu Basin, and the Misaka Mountains is also popular.
  • Mitake Shosenkyo Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Odarumi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ichikoen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachoutodoriki 1327
    At this vineyard, you can enjoy a barbeque or hoto made with local vegetables in the middle of the vineyard with its antique atmosphere. It cultivates 12 varieties of grape, which peak from late July to early November every year, when you can do grape-picking. There are two courses for grape-picking, both of which are all-you-can-eat for 45 minutes.
  • Roadside Station Mitomi
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Mitomikawaura 1822-20
    This roadside station in Yamanashi City is located at the mouth of Nishizawa Gorge near the border with Saitama Prefecture. Known for its beautiful fall foliage, the station is visited by large numbers of mountain climbers. It also features a shop offering local specialties and other products, a restaurant, and a place for tired drivers to rest. There is even a fishing area where you can enjoy mountain stream fishing in the Nishizawa Gorge.
  • Roadside Station Toyotomi
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Chuoushi Asari 1010-1
    A roadside station in Chuo City, Yamanashi Prefecture. They sell souvenirs, and a wholesaler sells locally-harvested vegetables and fruit. It's a good spot for drivers to take a break, as you can enjoy light meals or ice cream made with silk powder or local agricultural products. In 2009, it received the title Grand Champion in the first Wholesaler Koshien, becoming the top roadside station in the country.
  • Fruit Spa Pukupuku
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Daiku 2589-13
    This hot spring is inside Fruit Park in Yamanashi City. The baths offer a view of Mt. Fuji and the Kofu Basin during the day, and the night view is considered one of Japan's Best Three New Night Views. There are six of each men's and women's baths, and the waters said to be effective in removing toxins from the body.
  • 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.
  • Daibosatsu Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Misaka Noen Grape House
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Fuefukishi Misakachounatsumehara 656-1
    Guests at this fruit farm in Fuefuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture can enjoy picking all the peaches (one of the specialties of Yamanashi) and grapes they can eat without a time limit. In the spring, blooming rapeseed and peach flowers give the farm a colorful contrast that makes it popular scenic spot. The farm's restaurant offers a number of options including soba noodles as well as a barbeque set featuring Misaka's famous mushrooms.
  • Roadside Station Hanakage no Sato Makioka
    Transportation
    Yamanashi Pref. Yamanashishi Makiokachoumurobushi 2120
    This roadside station adjacent to Saikai Park is popular for its great views of Mt. Fuji. Don't miss the station's kyoho grape juice, made with one of the prefecture's most famous specialties, or the oyaki dumplings made by local women.
  • Yanagisawa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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