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  • Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Mukawachouyamataka 2763 Actual temple
    This cherry blossom tree, one of Japan's three most famous, stands on the grounds of Jisso-ji Temple in Mukawa-cho, Hokuto City. Its estimated age of 2,000 years makes it one of Japan's oldest trees. At the same time, its 10-meter height combined with its massive 10-meter circumference of its trunk makes it one of the biggest. It was designated as Japan's first national natural monument in 1922. Around the time its cherry blossoms are in full bloom, some 80,000 daffodils that grow nearby come in full bloom as well. This creates an exquisite contrast between the blue ski, the light pink above, and the yellow underfoot.
  • Resort Outlets Yatsugatake
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    3.0
    214 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachou 4000
    This is an outlet mall containing over 60 stores located on a large plot of land at an elevation of 1,000 meters in Kobuchizawa Town, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. There is a wide variety of select shops for items including sports, outdoor goods, miscellaneous goods and souvenirs, as well as top fashion brands including Beams, United Arrows, and Edwin. One can also enjoy tasty dishes using local ingredients at the mall restaurants. Surrounded by the nature of Mt. Yatsugatake with a dog run as well, it is a nice spot to relax and take a quiet walk while shopping.

    This outlet is unique in terms of the shop selection and the surrounding natures. The space is small compared to other outlets (so it may not sufficient for shopping lovers unless you have your...

  • Suntory Whisky Hakushu Distillery
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Hakushuchoutorihara 2913-1
    "This malt whiskey distillery, also known as the ""Forest Distillery"", is located in the foothills of the Southern Alps approximately 20 minutes by car from Kobuchizawa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. On the grounds is the ""Whiskey Museum"" where visitors can learn about the history of the birth of the single malt whiskey ""Hakushu"", and the worldwide culture of whiskey. There is also a shop that offers goods limited to the distillery, as well as restaurants and bars featuring seasonal dishes made from local produce. There is no charge for admission but reservations (at least one day in advance) are required. A factory tour (including tasting) is also available (fees apply)."
  • Sun Meadows Kiyosato Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Oizumichounishide 8240-1 Kiyosato San Medozu
    Sun Meadows Kiyosato Ski Resort is located at an elevation of 1900 meters on the slopes of Mt. Akadake the highest of the Yatsugatake mountains. At the ski resort is a bar lift so even novice skiers can safely navigate around the advanced slopes. On site are restaurants a bakery shops and more. In the restaurant you can eat fresh highland vegetables from the buffet. At the cafe positioned on the slopes you can enjoy many kinds of dishes using local ingredients. In the green season from the Kiyosato Terrace at the top of the mountain you can enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps (Akaishi Mountains).
  • Seisen-Ryo
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545
    Seisen-Ryo is a facility dedicated to Dr. Paul Rusch, founder of the Keep Association in 1938, as a training retreat for The Brotherhood of St. Andrew in Japan. The building was burnt to the ground in a fire and rebuilt again in 1957 with its distinctive red triangular roof and X shaped cross (the St. Andrew’s Cross). The multi-purpose complex now has accommodation, restaurants, and a farm shop selling dairy products, as well as different things to try out such as nature walks, making accessories, and feeding the animals. Their soft ice-cream using organic jersey milk fresh from Keep Farm is especially popular.

    此方の清里寮新館レストランは、宿泊以外でも利用できるとのことだったので行ってきました。特別に何が美味しいという感じはなかったですが、八ヶ岳高原の新鮮な野菜を楽しむことができました。しかし、店内は満席でザワザワしていました。

  • Moegi-no-Mura Village
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    4.0
    224 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545
    This is a small village on the Kiyosato Highland in Takane Town, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, surrounded by the nature of Mt. Yatsugatake Nanroku and containing around 25 facilities including restaurants, cafes, shops, a hotel and a music box museum. There is a garden designed by Paul Smither, walking paths and a merry-go-round for taking a leisurely tour with children. They also have plenty of their own local delicacies including local craft beer and beef curry. There are various events held in the village throughout the year.

    The mountainous Kiyosato area at the foot of the towering Yatsugatake mountains has several good roads connecting Yamanashi and parts of Nagano to the north, as well as the quirky little JR Koumi...

  • South Alps National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi prefecture, Nagano prefecture, Shizuoka prefecture
    It is a national park located in the mountainous area of the Southern Alps centering the Akaishi Mountains, attracting popularity mainly among climbers who have climbed many famous mountains such as the second highest mountain in Japan next to Mt. Fuji, Mt. Kitadake, Mt. Kaikoma, and Mt. Senjogatake. There are a variety of endemic plants and animals such as Kitadakesou (callianthemum hondoense), Ranunculus kitadakeanus (buttercup), and the Japanese black pine butterfly. There are two information centers in the area that exhibit materials about the nature and ecology of the Southern Alps. The center offers guidance on hiking and classes for nature walks.
  • Shingen Bomichi Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachou
    "This trail was a military roadway developed during the Warring States Period. It runs from south to west across the Yatsugatake Mountain foothills, connecting the borders between the former provinces of Kai and Shinano (modern Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures respectively). The trail was reportedly made to help Takeda Shingen capture Shinano. ""Bomichi"" means the ""staff road"" and was named for its straightness. Today it's a nature trail, and a walking map is available to help you take in the rich environment along the way. It also has 36 stone Buddhist statues marking various sacred spots from the Edo Period. "
  • Montagne
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Sutamachouobi 8861
    Montagne is a cafe founded in 1958 and located on the ground floor of Mizugaki Sanso at the climbers' entrance to Mt. Mizugaki and Mt. Kinpu (designated as two of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan) in the city of Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture. Its hand-formed hamburgers and cheesecake are so popular that they often sell out, and also serves pasta, Shogayaki (pork stir-fried with ginger), spicy curry, and other favorites. In the summer, its seasonal menu features soft ice cream and ice cream floats. Its elegant, subdued atmosphere makes it a restful stopover on a long drive.

    瑞牆山荘行きバスの終点にあり、瑞牆山・金峰山への登山口にあります。リゾート地のレストランのようなテラス付きの素敵な店です。料理も美味でした。サービスは山小屋風でぶっきらぼうの感想ですが、話しだすと親しみが湧くといったところでしょうか。11時からのランチにはオススメです。

  • Hontanigawa Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Sutamachouhishi
    Hontanigawa River Gorge extends from its source on Mt. Kinpu in the city of Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture, and continues to Lake Mizugaki (Enzan Dam), crossing Masutomi Radium Hot Spring from east to west. In 2008, the headwaters region of Mt. Kinpu and Mt. Mizugaki that includes the Hontanigawa River was designated as one of the Top 100 Heisei Famous Water. With its clear, pure water and rocks of various sizes, and trees such as maples and Mongolian oaks, it is delightful in any season, offering rich greenery in spring and summer and brightly colored leaves in the fall. Wading areas have been set up along the river, so that everyone can easily make themselves familiar with this famous water resource.
  • Kawamata Mountain Stream Fishing Spot
    Leisure / Hobbies
    1899-2 Nagasawa Takane Town, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Kawamatagawa River Ravine Fishing Spot is located a 15-minute drive from the Sutama Interchange and Kiyosato Station. Along this nearly two-kilometer stretch of the river, visitors can try their luck at catching rainbow trout, char, landlocked salmon, or other species of fish. Visitors can pay to reserve the whole site for two hours or pay to spend the day at a bait fishing site. This place is popular with students, who even come from other prefectures. There is no limit on the number of fish one may take home, and there is an area where they may roast and eat the fish they have just caught. Three kinds of fishing, with bait, with lures, or fly fishing, are available from mid-April to mid-October.
  • Hirauchi-soba Yatsukoma
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechouminowa 700-10
    Yatsukoma Hirauchi Soba is located along National Route 141, reachable from either the Sutama Interchange or the Nagasaka Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. Its business hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but customers will be happy to know that the owners can serve them outside those hours by prior arrangement, even if only one guest makes this request. Note, however, that the owners close the restaurant when they have sold all their soba for the day. Everything, including the noodles, is made by hand, although traditional grinding blocks are used to grind the dried fish for the Dashi (broth). In pursuit of perfect flavor, they take great care in adding the thickener and other processes. The most recommended dish is Seiro, in which each chopstick full of soba is dipped in the sauce individually.

    八ヶ岳のスキー場からの帰り道、蕎麦屋が多いというチラシを見て食べたくなり、他の店に2軒振られてこちらに。そんな気分だったので、駐車場に漂う「頑固な店主アピール」に引き気味に店内へ。店内も、ストーブや、木製のお品書き、丸太の椅子など随所にこだわりが…麺は、まずはつゆにつけずに食べて味わってほしいとのこと。平打麺はあまり好みではないのですが、流石に香りも良く、茹で具合もちょうどいい感じでした。天せいろ...

  • Lake Mizugaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Sutamachouhishi 3730-3
    This man-made lake formed by Shiokawa Dam is located in Hishi, Sudama-cho, Hokuto City. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery created by the interweaving of the fall foliage and other surrounding natural elements with the Rokumei Gorge Bridge that spans the lake. There is also an observatory, a restaurant, a visitor's center, and other facilities on the lake's shore.
  • Twin Giant Zelkovas of Negoya Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Sutamachouegusa 5002
    These two large Japanese Zelkova trees are located on the grounds of Negoya Shrine in Negoya, Egusa, Sudama-cho, Hokuto City. Long the subject of religious devotion, the 800-year-old trees have even been used to predict annual harvests. The trees have also been designated as a National Natural Monument.
  • Ojira no Yu
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Hakushuchoushirasu 8056
    20 minutes from the Sutama Interchange and the Kobuchisawa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. This day trip hot spring bathhouse is located in Verdant Garden Verga. Here you can enjoy hot spring waters welling up from deep underground which contain an ultra-high concentration of minerals. Facilities include an outdoor bath filled with the distinctive red waters of the bathhouse' source spring, another outdoor bath whose clear waters are created by mixing the waters of the source spring with water from the Ojiro River in a one to nine ratio, an indoor bath, and a sauna. The waters of the bathhouse' sodium-chloride high concentration salt spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, and fatigue.

    2泊3日のキャンプで2日目の夜にこちらの「尾白の湯」にお邪魔してきました。 お風呂に入る前の白州の湧き水?がまた格別 次は同じ敷地内にあるベルガのキャンプにも来てみたいと思います。

  • Hoshino Resorts Risonare Yatsugatake “Piment Street”
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachou 129-1
    This boulevard is located inside the Hoshino Resort Risonare Yatsugatake where a variety of activities including a spa, and a pool are available for the guest’s enjoyment, and is only a five- minute drive from the Kobuchizawa Interchange. It is also accessible by a shuttle bus that runs between the Kobuchizawa Station and the resort. This charming cobblestone boulevard is one of the main attractions of the resort, and is totally transformed into a world of enchantment during Halloween and Christmas with many events for visitors. There are so many different types of shops, cafes, and sundry boutiques lining the boulevard that time flies while just browsing the stores.
  • Roadside Station Shirane Farmer's Market
    Shopping
    587-1 Izuka, Southern Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    This farmers' market is located in Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It sells fresh fruit harvested locally in Yamanashi, vegetables delivered directly from local farms, processed products, and other freshly-harvested seasonal agricultural products. The market also sells souvenirs, wine and other products, attracting not just locals but many tourists as well.
  • annies cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    435-1 Kamiima Suwa, South Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    This cafe specializing in tarts and quiches is located in Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture. The cafe pays great attention to the pie crusts that form the base of their visually appealing and tasty products. It also uses seasonal and local fruit, offering guests a chance to enjoy seasonal flavors.
  • Nakagami Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ian 2281-1, Southern Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture
    This fruit park is in Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture. You can enjoy picking fruit grown surrounded by grand natural scenery like Mt. Fuji, the Fuji Five lakes, Mt. Yatsugatake, and the Southern Japan Alps. The picking season lasts over seven months in the year, including cherries, apples, peaches, grapes, persimmons, plumbs and more. They also accept groups, and they have barbecue equipment as well.
  • Moegi no Mura Village “Mayfair”
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Style / Fashion
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545 Inoki Village May Fair 1F
    This shop sells daily articles with a focus on British articles. They regularly stock over 200 artist bears and other items to create a true feeling of Britain. They also deal in handicrafts and antiques, meaning a full array of one-of-a-kind items, garden goods, and more.

    清里駅の南側にある雑貨屋さんです。テディベアやぬいぐるみ、マスコット、フレグランスやランプ、ガーデニング関連品など可愛いものやセンスの良い品揃えで見ているだけでも楽しくなりました。

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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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