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  • South Alps National Park
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    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
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    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. "
  • Moegi-no-Mura Village
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    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.
  • Ehonmura
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachoukamisasao 3332-426
    Quietly sitting in the middle of the Yatsugatake forest with its characteristic mountain hut appearance is Ehonmura. This is the first library in Japan dedicated to picture books with a ‘Story House’ where you can freely read picture books, and an ‘Art House’ with a display of original picture book images and a picture book corner just for grown-ups. The idea is to bring the world of picture books and the warmth of the wooded surroundings into the hearts of children from 0 to 100 years old. Workshops and puppet shows are held on the stage decorated with cute looking pictures. And in the adjoining cafe visitors can enjoy a relaxing cup of original herb tea.

    強い雨の中、予定変更を強いられ、たまたま近くにあったえほん村を訪れました。始めは2歳児から500円の入村料は高いかなと思いましたが、いざ入ってみると、流石、日本最初の絵本専門図書館。国内外の様々な絵本があり、子どもたちは夢中になって手にとっていました。家具、調度品は、造形作家の松村太三郎氏(村長)によるもので、とても落ちついた空間になっています。比較的、品のある家族の方々が多く訪れており、とてもい...

  • Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545-1222
    A photographic art museum in Kiyosato Highland, Yatsugatake. Works are presented based on three ideas, “an understanding for living things”, “eternal platinum prints”, and “young portfolio”. Temporary exhibitions and workshops are held from time to time, and the museum is home to a restaurant, museum shop, and recreation center for members. There is also an area to browse more than 300 domestic and foreign photographic collections.

    清里にあるフォトミュージアムです。訪れたときは台湾写真交流展という企画展が開催されていました。 1970~1990年代の台湾での写真の数々はとても興味深いものでした。

  • Heidi's Village
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    3.5
    126 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Akenochouasao 2471
    This theme park recreates the world of the animation “Heidi, Girl of the Alps.” The spacious park features a variety of facilities, like lodging in “Clara’s House” and the “Flower Church” with real ceremonies. You can also tour on a Segway. During some seasons, a vivid assortment of flowers may be found blooming in the main village. In the restaurant, the cheese fondue which uses genuine Switzerland-made cheese is popular. The “Heidi Theme Museum” displays items connected to the animation, and you can purchase original goods found only in Heidi’s Village.

    The tulips here are so beautiful, in multiple colours, and we went here early May, where the weather was simply stunning. There was also a few sakura trees in the area, we missed the main season so...

  • YamanashiPrefecturalMakiba Park
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Oizumichounishide 8240-1
    The public Yatsugatake Ranch is located along the Yatsugatake Kogen Line in Nishiide, Oizumi Town, and this park was created in one section of it. You can see goats and other animals grazing in the pasture, as well as enjoy specialty products made in the prefecture at the restaurant. There’s also a tent selling agricultural products, as well as mountain crop classes and carpentry classes offered at the community hall. An event called the “Makiba Walk” has participants do a circuit around the whole ranch.

    To be honest Makiba Park is not really a park but a pull-off rest area from the road connecting Kobuchizawa down in the valley (with its highway exit and train terminal) with the local resort area...

  • Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachou 10249-7
    This art museum is in Kobuchisawa Town, Hokuto City. It has nearly 200 works by graffiti artist Keith Haring, who was active around New York City in the 1980s and died at the young age of 31. The building’s bold design was created by Atsushi Kitagawara and aims to bring the artist’s style to life.

    Keith Haring may be fading from public memory, but we New Yorker's have not forgotten his memorable and daring public street art from the '80s, even if we did not at the time know about the...

  • Moegi-no-Mura Village Museum Hall of Halls
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545
    You’ll find this music box museum in Kiyosato, Takane Town along the Kiyosato Line (National Route 141). In addition to antique music boxes, they have automatic instruments and traditional Japanese tableware. Through the exhibits here, you can experience the life and culture of the period before the advent of records and radio.

    萌木の村にあるオルゴール館です。様々なオルゴールの展示や販売など可愛らしい音に囲まれた時間を過ごせました。特に1日数回開催される演奏会入って非日常の世界でした。

  • Minami Yatsugatake Hana no Mori Park
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechounagasawa 760
    This park is along the Kiyosato Line (National Route 141) in Nagasawa, Takane Town. It is filled with seasonal blossoms, and you’ll find an orchard, a vegetable garden, a pizza oven, and more. You can experience pressed flower crafting, pizza-making in a brick oven, cherry picking, summer vegetable picking, and other seasonal activities. You can also rent toys free of charge to use in the lawn play area.

    Excellent place to take the children. Fruit depends on the season. We were able to pick apples this season and they were lovely! Will definitely go back

  • Kiyosato Porcelain Museum
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545-550
    The Kiyosato Porcelain Museum opened in 1997 to showcase various porcelain specimens from the 16th century until modern times, with a focus on German-born “Meissen porcelain” and its over 300 years of history. You’ll find many exquisitely beautiful articles on display. The stairwell between the first and second floors contains four panes of stained glass that are a must-see. The closest station is JR Kiyosato Station.

    清里駅から近いミュージアムでコレクターさんが集めたマイセンの作品が展示されていて素晴らしいものばかりでため息が出ました。

  • KEEP Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Takanechoukiyosato 3545
  • Campica Akenofureainosato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Akenochouasao 5260-5
  • Verdant Garden Verga
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Hokuto Hakushucho Shirasu 8056
    Verga is a multi-use facility located in Hakushu-machi, Hokuto City. Covered with forests and located on banks of the Ojira River, it offers experiential programs in rainbow trout hand catching and insect hunting, a barbecue area, a hot spring bathhouse, a campground, and other outdoor activities. There is even a waterslide that makes use of the waterfall on the Ojira River. This park is popular with all ages, thanks to activities such as drawing natural Hakushu Water and taking walks in the woods.

    都心にあるような、きれいな施設です。 温泉、キャンプ場、色々楽しめます。 でもいつも混みすぎの為、自然の白州を楽しみたい方には不向きかも、、、

  • Sun Meadows Ski Resort and Highland Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Oizumichounishide 8240-1 Kiyosato San Medozu
    This outdoor resort is located in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. From the 1,900- meter peak, you can see all of the magnificent Kiyosato Highland and enjoy amazing views of Mt. Fuji and Southern Japan Alps. Guests can enjoy attractions including an athletic park in the summer season and skiing in the winter season. The ski lifts stay in operation even during the off season so that people can enjoy the wild grasses and flowers and the views of Mt. Fuji and other nearby mountains at the peak.
  • Westriver Auto Camp
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minami Alps City Susumu 131
    This camping ground is located in Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture. In addition to campsites for pitching tents, the camp also offers a wide variety of lodging facilities including bungalows, cottages, and lodges. Campers can enjoy outdoor leisure activities such as playing in the river or hand fishing. The camp's substantial facilities also include a hot springs spa, a library, and more. Campers can also make campfires and camp with their pets.

    こちらに予約したのですがバーベキュー場は離れた場所にあり何もなく、景色も微妙、またバーべキューの場所も運動会などで使うテントのため雰囲気もなく・・・キャンプ場側にもバーベキューできるところがあったので混み具合なのかわかりませんが確認したほうがいいです。

  • Shinozawa Ootaki Camp
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Hakushuchoudaibou 1181
    This camping ground located in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture offers a number of camping sites that meet the needs of campers, including auto camping sites, bungalow camping sites, and day camping sites. Visitors can enjoy a variety of leisure activities that leverage a well-maintained section of the Omu River that flows through the campground, including playing in the water, hand fishing for rainbow trout, or collecting insects. The camp's substantial facilities include bathing facilities with bath tubs and showers, a laundry room with coin-operated washing machines, and more.

    大武川近くの綺麗なキャンプ所です。数年前に改装されたので、トイレも、炊事場も本当に綺麗です。大武川には、歩いて5分かかりません。川の水がかなり冷たいので、夏しか川遊びには向きませんが、おたまじゃくしを捕まえたり、浮き輪にのって、川の流れに乗ったりして、小学生の子供は大喜びでした。オートキャンプの人はお風呂は有料あので注意が必要です。予約が取れたら、また行きたいキャンプ場です。

  • Nirasaki Omura Art Museum
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Nirasakishi Kamiyamamachi Nabeyama 1830-1
    This art museum is located Nirasaki City, Yamanashi Prefecture. The museum exhibits some 1,800 paintings, carvings, and ceramics collected Nirasaki City native, organic chemist, and honorary Joshibi University of Art and Design chairperson Satoshi Omura. The exhibits include many works by graduates of Women's Academy of Fine Arts, the predecessor of Joshibi University of Art and Design.

    Reasonable price. Interesting pictures and art in this small, private museum. Interesting history of the artist. Good view of the valley from coffee shop. Art postcards and art books available. Worth...

  • Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Prefecture Minami Alps City Nishino 1202
    This orchard is located in Nishino area of Minami-Alps City. The Nishino area was the first in the prefecture to adopt fruit-growing, and there is even a record from late Meiji Period of Ono Orchid and Orchard Garden shipping out cherries. In addition to cherries, there is a all-you-can-eat grape course, a grape tour course in which you can eat 10 or more varieties of in-season grapes, as well as peach-picking and plum-picking.

    I have never eaten peaches without peeling it until we visited here. You can bite ripe peaches with the skin. It is like drinking nectar. I want to experience it again.

  • Midaiminami Park
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    Yamanashi Prefecture Minami Alps City Rokki 1588-2
    This large park is comprised of seven zones each about the size of seven Tokyo Domes and having a theme, such as play, sports, or health. The park is well known for its cross country running course, which is used for major competitions. The course can be used for a wide variety of purposes from walking to race training and is popular for offering a sensation of becoming one with nature.

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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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