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Yamanashi

Get closer to Mount Fuji and the Five Lakes

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Lake Yamanaka Fireworks Festival

Lake Yamanaka Fireworks Festival

The Japanese word for firework is hanabi. Hana means 'flower' and bi means 'fire'. On 1st of August I went to see flowers of fire blooming in the firework festival at Lake Yamanaka. Before the fireworks I saw a beautiful sunset with M..

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Tsuru

Tsuru

Tsuru is a remote city in Yamanashi Prefecture near the base of Mt. Fuji that's renowned for having the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center. All train enthusiasts will be hard-pressed to find a better museum as the Maglev can be seen on some days when it runs on a test track, where it..

Kofu

Kofu

Kofu is surrounded by mountains, with Mount Fuji, Mount Kimpu, Mount Shirane and Mount Kai-koma enclosing Yamanashi Prefecture's capital. An easy day trip, Kofu is only 90 minutes by train from Tokyo. Visitors can savor the city's renowned local fruits and fine wine, and take a dip in hot sp..

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and is 3776m above sea level. Mt.Fuji is also known as a World Heritage Site. More than 200,000 people climb to the top of Mt.Fuji every year, over 30% coming from overseas. Mt.Fuji is a mountain where people around the world gather and can be friendly. Te..

Dining

Houtou Fudou Eatery in Kawaguchiko

Houtou Fudou Eatery in Kawaguchiko

Houtou is a famous local specialty in Yamanashi Prefecture. It is a type of dish that is made with flat udon noodles and vegetables, and a miso-based soup that is very rich and thick like a stew. Many Japanese people rarely consider it to be an udon ..

French Bakery at Seisen-Ryo

French Bakery at Seisen-Ryo

After wandering around Seisen-ryo and enjoying the idyllic rural scenery I found myself in need of sustenance, and after a short search I found just what I wanted - a charming bakery with a French name and very tasty looking bread.I selected olive fo..

Les Rêves Salon de Thé

Les Rêves Salon de Thé

In La Ville de Gaspard et Lisa, next to the entrance of Fuji-Q Highland Park, you will find Les Rêves Salon de Thé. The French style café opened in 2015. Service starts at 11 in the morning (10 o’clock on weekends and public..

Places to stay

Lake Kawaguchi's Tominoko Hotel

Lake Kawaguchi's Tominoko Hotel

Tominoko Hotel is one of several hotels that sit along the edge of Lake Kawaguchi in southern Yamanashi Prefecture. It is a reasonably priced hotel that offers incredible views of the lake and Mt. Fuji. The staff are very friendly and accommodating ..

Fujiyoshida Youth Hostel

Fujiyoshida Youth Hostel

Mt Fuji is a beautiful mountain not to be missed when visiting Japan. And Fujiyoshida is the perfect place to base yourself without as many of the tourists in nearby Kawaguchiko. Fujiyoshida Youth Hostel is part of the Japan Youth Hostel Association ..

The Highland Resort Hotel & Spa

The Highland Resort Hotel & Spa

What are the first things that come to your mind when you think of Japan? Tokyo, sushi, and probably the majestic Mount Fuji. Only two hours from metropolitan Tokyo you will find the perfect spot for a relaxing and fun weekend or even a short vacatio..

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Nanatsu-gama-goden Waterfall

Nanatsu-gama-goden Waterfall

Rightfully earning its place within Japan’s list of top 100 waterfalls stands the impressive Nanatsu-gama-goden-no-taki. Nestled within the Chichibu-tama-kai National Park in Yamanashi Prefecture, these falls represent the crown in the jewel of..

Fujisan World Heritage Center

Fujisan World Heritage Center

The Fujisan World Heritage Center is a visitor information center in Yamanashi Prefecture that provides insights on Mt. Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located near Mt. Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes, this center, opened in June 2013, aims to be a ..

Yamanashi’s Nishizawa Valley

Yamanashi’s Nishizawa Valley

Located deep within Yamanashi Prefecture’s mountainous interior lays the picturesque Nishizawa Valley. Sitting at the foot of Mount Kobushi-ga-take, this natural wilderness consists of a network of deep canyons, gorges, and waterfalls formed by..

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About yamanashi

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalKofu
Population863,075
Area4464.99 sq. km

The northern entrance to Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, and also home to the second highest, Mount Kita, Yamanashi is a mountain climber’s delight, while also offering a lot more.

Fuji-Q Highland, Japan’s most popular original theme park, contains some of the world’s most challenging roller coasters and perhaps the scariest haunted house ever. Visit Kofu Castle and Yamanashi’s many historic temples, including Kuon-ji and Erin-ji, while outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the pristine Fuji Five Lakes and Shosen-kyo.

Many onsens can be found in the Fuefuki area, while the prefecture is also renowned for its fruit, especially peaches and grapes, and houtou, a dish similar to udon. The Suntory Whisky Museum is located in Yamanashi as well!

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