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  • Minaki
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachoutodoriki 1372
    This udon and hoto noodle shop is located inside of a 130 year-old Japanese zelkova wood house. Guests can freely roam the restaurant's garden, which blooms with seasonal flowers, making it a great choice for families with children. Their additive-free homemade miso (soy bean paste) is crafted the old-fashioned way exclusively with non-GMO soybeans and malted barley. Their excellent hoto and udon noodles are certain to become a habit after one taste.

    They serve so good quality of local noodle called “Hohtoh”, udon noodle simmered with many vegetables like pumpkin, leeks, and carrots. It takes a bit longer to be served for 20minutes after you...

  • Asunaroen Fruit Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachoutodoriki 1825-1
    This fruit farm is located a five-minute drive from JR Katsunuma-budokyo Station or Chuo Expressway Katsunuma Interchange. The farm offers strawberry picking from January to May and cherry, peach, and grape picking from June. The farm notably offers all-you-can-eat for all of their varieties. They do this to make sure that guests enjoy themselves and come back every season. The farm also offers fruit farming experiences and accepts volunteer farmers. No farming experience is required.
  • L'Orient Wine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachoutodoriki 878-2
    This winery founded in 1938 has its own vineyards in Katsunuma Town, Yamanashi Prefecture, which has a climate and geology suitable for viticulture (grape cultivation). Their constant focus is producing consistent wine. They offer a number of hands-on activities including bottling and designing original labels for natural wine, winery tours, and viticulture experiences.
  • Koshu Hoto Kosaku (Futaba Bypass Restaurant)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Kaishi Shimoimai 3001
    This hoto noodle chain operates 10 restaurants in Yamanashi and Nagano prefecture. In addition to hoto noodles, a popular regional dish, their menu also includes a number of Yamanashi delicacies such as tori motsuni (boiled chicken giblets), horse sashimi, and nigai (boiled abalone). Their most popular type of hoto noodles are their pumpkin hoto noodles. The natural sweetness of pumpkin that fills your mouth warms both body and mind.
  • Sakura Resort
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Kaishi Kamezawa 6949-96
    A place to casually enjoy a summer home away from the city, Sakura Resort offers a choice of lodging type, from cottage with a loft, cottage that allows pets, rental villa, and hotel. There are also grand golf, tennis, and futsal facilities. Many people enjoy these facilities, just as many enjoy the lodging as a base for Mt. Kayagatake.
  • Koshu Hoto Kosaku (Ryuotamagawa Restaurant)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Kaishi Tamagawa 234
    This hoto noodle restaurant notable for the large water wheel outside offers its famous hoto noodles in a relaxed interior featuring a traditional Japanese sunken hearth. In addition to the central dining rooms, the restaurant also offers a banquet hall suitable for large groups. This particular location offers their exclusive karamotsu (spicy tripe) hoto noodles, which are definitely worth a try.
  • Bonchi Shokudo
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Kaishi Tomitakeshinden 457-1
    Called the holy land of big portions, Bonchi Shokudo is a popular and highly-rated shop where you can enjoy surprisingly large portions and a familiar menu of fried chicken rice bowl, fried rice, and pork cutlet rice bowl. Every dish features a surprising volume even at regular size. But it tastes good enough that you'll be able to finish a large.

    オムライス(大盛ではない普通)を頼みましたが、普通の1.5-2倍はありました。期待通りの味。これぞオムライス。さらにサラダとスイカまでついて、完全にツボを押さえられました。近くにあったら毎週通いたい名店

  • Sengataki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kofu city, Yamanashi prefecture
    This waterfall is one of the highlights of Mt. Ontake's Shosenkyo Gorge in northern Kofu City. It is located at the foot of Kakuenbo Rock in the innermost part of Shosenkyo Gorge. The beautiful waterfall, which is gradually eroding the granite rock face, is visited by many tourists year-round. While the 30 meter-tall falls are impressive during the fall foliage season, it is also well worth a visit after area is covered in snow.
  • Myotogi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Mitakechou 2041
    This shrine known for its 1000 year-old sacred Japanese horse chestnut tree is said to grant prayers for marriage, conception, and safe childbirth. This kamisha (upper shrine) also has two shimosha (lower shrines), Myotogi Hime-no-miya and Unten Shrine. The shrine's sacred tree, which was previously located deep in the mountains, has been revered since the time of Takeda Shingen.

    男性・女性それぞれのシンボルに似た木があることから、子宝祈願としてよく知られた神社。ご夫婦でお参りの方も多かったです。参拝料は300円。昇仙峡の奥にあるので、昇仙峡観光とセットにして行ってみるとよいでしょう。

  • Mt. Kinpu
    Travel / Tourism
    Kofu city, Yamanashi prefecture
    The mountain is often referred to as the leader of the Okuchichibu Mountains. At its peak towers Gojoiwa Rock, which serves as the main shrine of the various shrines that sit at the mountain's trailheads, including Kanazakura-jinja Shrine and Kinbo-jinja Shrine. A number of climbing courses are available, including those well suited for beginning mountaineers.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Mt. Atago Kid’s Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Atagomachi 358-1
    This nature park is a 30-minute drive from either Ichinomiya Interchange. or Kofu-Showa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. It includes a number of active play areas include a free space equipped with a massive playground that leverages the area's geography, the Lion's Pond, where park goers can engage in water play, and a bicycle course. There is also a science museum located in the park that features exhibits on a basic theme of a journey through humanity and also hosts a variety of events.
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Archeological Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Shimozonechou 923
    This museum that opened in 1982 is a facility where people can learn the history of Yamanashi from archeological materials. The museum exhibits artifacts that paint a picture of the prefecture from the Paleolithic age to the Edo period, the time of Kofu Castle. Museum visitors can also participate in hands-on activities such as ancient fire-starting or making magatama beads.

    We were so surprised to find that Yamanashi isa country with lots of Jyomon ruins. The museum may have one of the biggest collection of jyomon and Yayoi period. However the best part of this...

  • Kai no Ajikurabe (Celeo Kofu Shop)
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Marunouchi 1-1-8
    Featuring a wide selection of Yamanashi products, from Yamanashi souvenirs and sweets, to souvenirs from World Heritage Mt. Fuji, Kai no Ajikurabe (Celeo Kofu Shop) is convenient for travel and business trips because it's located on the food floor (second floor) of the station building. It also features season-limited products, like awabi-no-nigai (boiled abalone), hoto noodle and the most popular Kikyo Shingen mochi.

    甲府のお土産を購入しにきました。 和菓子の種類が多く色々と迷いました。羊羹も美味しそうでしたが、結局はお饅頭にしました。価格も手頃で美味しかったです

  • Koshu Hoto Kosaku (Kofu Station Restaurant)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Marunouchi 1-7-2
    Hoto noodles, a regional cuisine of Kai province, are thought to have been popularized due their use as field rations? by samurai warlord Takeda Shingen. Their high vegetable content is believed to give people beautiful skin and help prevent cancer. Located in front of Kofu Station, this hoto noodle shop, part of a chain, is popular not just for the taste of its hoto noodles as well as its convenient location.
  • Koshu Yume Koji
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Marunouchi 1-1-25
    This historic district recreates the castle town around Kofu Castle as it appeared in the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods. Visitors can enjoy shopping, dining, visiting art museums, and more in the retro atmosphere created by cobbled roads, stores located inside transplanted old folk homes, a reproduction of the hour bell that informed residents of the time for over two centuries, and other attractions. The area is conveniently located adjacent to Kofu Station's north gate.
  • Takeda Clan Castle Ruins Historical Site
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kofuchumachi 2611
    This historical site, one of Yamanashi's most famous, was the home of Takeda Nobutora, Takeda Shingen, and Takeda Katsuyori, three successive generations of the lords of the Takeda Clan. Also known as Tsutsujigasaki Castle, this square castle built by Takeda Nobutora was one of the largest Warring States period residences in eastern Japan. Excavations of the site continue to this day. Improvements of the site are being made ahead of 2019, the 500th anniversary of Nobutora relocating his government to Tsutsujigasaki.
  • Takeda-jinja Shrine Treasure House
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kofuchumachi 2611
    This treasure hall that opened in 1972 contains the historically and culturally valuable collection of historical treasures donated to the shrine since its founding by people with connections to the Takeda clan from across the country. Its collection is full of must-see items such as a tachi sword by Yoshioka Ichimonji, a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property, as well as a seven-star war fan and the complete set of armor with a gilded western-style cuirass from the Warring States period.
  • Crystal Museum
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Kugawa 1-1-7
    Displaying a number of crystals, glasses, and rare gemstones, the Crystal Museum is popular as a beautiful art museum, arrived at by passing through a mysterious tunnel of agate, made to seem like space. The workshop is well regarded, as you can hand-make your own original accessories. The trial course where you can make an accessory using various gemstones is particularly popular.

    山梨県は水晶の生産地です。1996年に宝石産業の振興のために建設されたのが、石とガラスの博物館で、巨大な紫水晶などの原石があります。

  • Chateau Sakaori Winery
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Sakaorichou 1338-203
    This winery is located in Sakaori, which is said to have been the center of ancient Koshu, a place associated with the legend of Yamato Takeru, the 12th emperor of Japan. The winery offers three different winery tours. The two-hour course, which requires a reservation at least one week in advance, allows visitors to taste five of the winery's recommended wines. The guided tour course is led by a licensed a Japanese Wine Expert. Visitors may also choose a self-guided tour course. Each type of tour requires a different amount of time, and some require reservations, so please call ahead.

    Visited this 4 story winery located on the hilltop area overlooking the city. The view can be very nice on a clear day. They have two options for winery tours. The paid one costs only 300 jpy which...

  • Ichigokan Kubota (Strawberry Farm)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Koufushi Omagarimachi 1280
    A strawberry garden in Omagari-cho, Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. They utilize an elevated hydroponics system, so the fruit does not touch the ground, allowing you to eat safe and clean strawberries. People in wheelchairs and people with strollers can also enjoy strawberry-picking here. In addition to 30 minute all-you-can-eat, they sell homemade organic strawberry jam and strawberries as souvenirs.

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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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