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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 farmers with whom they have close ties...more...
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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 prepared in a similar style to dumplings. Historically, the use of wheat and flour became common due...more...
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Yamanashi is incredibly close to Tokyo and the metropolitan area, in that the prefecture is literally a train ride away from Shinjuku and the center of Tokyo. This means that there is no need to take a plane to the prefecture, making a quick day trip to the prefecture cheap and easy to do. If you...more...
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The best part of Yamanashi is arguably its natural beauty. Mount Fuji and the five lakes surrounding it are only part of the beauty of the prefecture, as over a quarter of the prefecture is dedicated to natural parks, and more than 75% of the prefecture is covered with forest. While it takes a w...more...
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Fields of Flowers in Spring If you’re looking for truly picturesque fields of flowers during your spring trip to Yamanashi prefecture, look no further than the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. While not your traditional blossom festival, some 800,000 Shibazakura (moss phlox flowers) will be blooming a...more...
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Lake KawaguchiLake Kawaguchi, or Kawaguchi-ko, is one of the five Fuji lakes that surround the volcano. It is the second largest of the five, and is the place of many lakeside resorts and camping areas and windsurfing facilities. In fact, Lake Kawaguchi is the most popular and has a well-develop...more...
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Kawanakajima Samurai Battle -- Photo by George PopescuThe battle of Kawanakajima, fought in the mid-16th century, was the fiercest of a series of five clashes between two famous warlords, Kenshin Uesugi and Shingen Takeda. I recently joined hundreds of participants for the annual reenactment of...more...