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Yamanashi, about 1½ hours from Tokyo, is surrounded by high mountains and is covered by huge beautiful forests, including Mount Fuji and the 5 lakes area. Visitors can hike, mountain climb and relax in the local onsen (hot springs). After your adventures be sure to have some Hoto (a local soup/stew) made with thick noodles and vegetables in a rich miso broth. Yamanashi has three national parks and is famous for growing delicious fruit, especially grapes and plums. Wine lovers the world over are discovering Yamanashi’s Koshu wine, and when you are visiting the area there are winery tours and fruit picking excursions that are fun and delicious. You can also try your hand at making washi paper, or bring home beautiful Yamanashi crystal or silk textiles. Glassware, paper making and weaving are the traditional artistic crafts of the prefecture.

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Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Fuji Sengen Jinja is an important Shinto shrine at the northern foot of Mount Fuji.Read more

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Lake Kawaguchi

One of the Fuji Five Lakes, Lake Kawaguchi is easily accessible from Tokyo and is one of the most popular places for a Mount Fuji photo. It is espe...Read more

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Fuji-Q Highland

Located next to the Kawaguchiko I.C., Fuji-Q Highland features numerous “Guinness-level” attractions, including “Eejanaika,” the roller coaster boa...Read more

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Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba

Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba is an open-air museum which used to be a Japanese village. Take a trip back in time to see a more rural and traditional ...Read more

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Lake Shoji-ko

Lake Shoji-ko is somewhat less developed compared to the rest of the Fuji Five Lakes and is a popular camping spot.Read more

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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Held from about mid-April to early June, the annual Fuji Shibazakura Festival is a riotous carpet of pink phlox moss flowers growing near Mount Fuji.Read more

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