YamanashiYamanashi, 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.
Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Fuji Sengen Jinja is an important Shinto shrine at the northern foot of Mount Fuji.
Suntory Hakushu Distillery
The Suntory Hakushu Distillery offers tours and seminars for guests to learn about whiskey. Reservations required.
Mount Fuji 5th Station Yoshida Entrance
This station is the 5th point from the base of the Mount Fuji and lies at 2305 meters above sea level. It attracts a lot of tourists as it is easily accessible by car. Many climbers start from this point, Mount Fuji 5th Station Yoshida Entrance, and take the
Takeda Jinja Shrine
Currently a shrine, this site was the home and center of power of the Takeda clan, who reigned over the region during the Sengoku period (1467-1603).
This gorge is followed by a 10km long hiking trail with tall waterfalls and massive rocks. The route is quite steep and takes between 3.5 and 4 hours. The spot is also famous for its colorful autumn leaves. (Closed from the beginning of December until the end
HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji
Opening in 14 December 2016, HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji features free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel is set in Fujiyoshida, 500 metres from Fujikyu Highland. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is availa
Located in the famous Isawa hot-spring area, Hotel Hotta features not only public hot-spring baths, but also wine baths for guests to relax in. Guests can stay in Japanese-style rooms with mountain views.
Highland Resort Hotel & Spa
Situated right next to Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa boasts Mount Fuji views, large hot spring baths and spa facilities.
Chisun Inn Kofu Isawa
Offering bright rooms with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath, Kofu Isawa Chisun Inn is a 10-minute drive from JR Isawa Onsen Train Station. A Japanese breakfast is served.
Meitei no Yado Hotel Koshien
Offering a terrace and hot spring bath, Meitei no Yado Hotel Koshien is located in the Isawa Onsen district in Fuefuki. Free private parking is available on site.
Hotel Route-Inn Court Yamanashi
Hotel Route-Inn Court Yamanashi features a free buffet breakfast with warm European bread, massage services and a hot public bath. Rooms come with free wired internet, and laptops are available for rent.
Resort Inn Fuyo Kawaguchiko Inter
Featuring an indoor and outdoor hot public bath, a sauna and free Wi-Fi throughout, Resort Inn Fuyo Kawaguchiko Inter offers rooms in Fujiyoshida, a 5-minute drive from the Mount Fuji Train Station. A massage service is available
My favourite sweet treats from Chateraise patisserie
From a tiny shop in 1954 surrounded by lush green mountains in Kofu city, Chateraise has now made a name for itself both within Japan and internationally. The patisserie prides itself with only using the freshest of ingredients, contributed by local Japanese f
Yamanashi Food Guide
Photo Cred: Flickr user odysseygate [email protected]/263691722/Houtou Houtou is a dish best known for its flat noodles and miso-based broth. While it may seem similar to udon noodles at first, the way they are made is distinctly different. Houtou noodles are pre