Best 10 things to do and visit place in Yamanashi 2022

Ive been to Yamanashi so many times, because this place is so attractive. I’ll show you 10 things to do in Yamanashi. I’m sure this blog makes you want to visit there, so let’s get started!

Where is Yamanashi?

Shogun Takeda Shigen, symbol of Yamanashi

Yamanashi is a popular tourist destination among Japanese people because of its proximity to Tokyo. With an area of 4,465 square kilometers, Yamanashi Prefecture is the 32nd largest prefecture in Japan. It is an inland prefecture, not facing the sea and surrounded by mountains. Fuji, Houtou, grapes, and wine are famous.

How to get Yamanashi from Tokyo?

There are two ways to get Yamanashi from Tokyo. Bus and train. Buses leave from Shinjuku bus terminal, Tokyo Station, Ikebukuro Station, etc., and take about 2 hours and cost about 2,000 yen. By train, the express train from Shinjuku Station takes 1.5 hours and costs about 3,000 yen. Renting a car is also recommended.

Exploring Shosenkyo Gorge

Shosenkyo Gorge is located in the northern part of Kofu City, Yamanashi. It is designated as a special place of scenic beauty by the national government, is said to have the “most beautiful valley in Japan” and is a popular sightseeing spot. Visitors can see granite cliffs, oddly shaped rocks and stones, and clear, abundant water flowing through the canyon.

We can go there easily and the view is just amazing
gate of rock
The gate of Rock

Visiting Kofu-castle

Kofu Castle was built in 1583 by the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Although there is no castle tower today, it is a popular tourist spot from which to view the city of Kofu and Mt.Fuji.

From the top of there, we can see Mt.Fuji

Testing a wine at Winery Sadoya

Founded in 1917, Winery Sadoya is located 5 minutes from JR Kofu Station. Today, the winery produces and sells wines made from grapes grown on its own farm in the city, and you can taste the wines!

It’s just 5 min away from the station
wine at sadoya
You can find Japanese wine for sure

Roaming around downtown Kofu

The once prosperous city of Kofu had numerous drinking establishments. As time went by, however, the number of people in Kofu decreased. However, the retro buildings are still there, and now the old streets remain and have become a tourist attraction. It is recommended to walk through Kofu’s drinking district, which is like a maze, have a meal at an izakaya (Japanese-style pub), and have a drink.

downtown kofu
Let’s explore Kofu more
I guess they haven’t changed like 70 years
Some pub is still open, but some
try local Japanse Sake call SHICHIKEN

Trying specialty HOUTOU

Houtou is a specialty of Kofu. Thick, short noodles kneaded from wheat flour and cut into chunks are stewed in a miso broth with vegetables such as pumpkin, and served hot. It is a little like thick udon noodles. There are many restaurants, but I recommend a restaurant called Shinshu, which serves a delicious meat hoto. It is located in the retro drinking district I mentioned earlier.

Meat Houtou costs 12$
It’s thick!!
The left side is the shop, right side is brothel, oh, what!?

Eatting a tuna sushi

Yamanashi is a sea-less prefecture, but its residents love sushi. It is said that there are the most sushi restaurants in Japan. One of the reasons for this is that Yamanashi was the last place where fish caught in Tokyo could be transported while still fresh. The people of the prefecture love tuna, and you must try their tuna sushi! I recommend a restaurant called Uoso.

maguro sushi
Tune sushi lunch costs 8$
uoso kofu
Uoso located in near Kofu station

Visiting Lake Kawaguchi

Kawaguchiko is a popular tourist destination located near Mt. Visitors can bike around Lake Kawaguchi, enjoy hot springs, and view the beautiful Mt.Fuji.

lake Kawaguchi
You can see Mt.Fuji from everywhere
lake Kawaguchi
Absolutely peaceful

Taking Mt. Fuji Panorama Ropeway

If you go to Kawaguchiko, take the ropeway to the top of Mt. Tenjozan. The view of Mt. Fuji from there is breathtaking.

lake Kawaguchi
It takes 10 min to the top
lake Kawaguchi

Trying super hard Udon noodle YOSHIDA UDON

There is special udon around Kawaguchi Lake. It is Yoshida udon. It is a special udon with resilient noodles and horse meat on top. You may be surprised at how hard it is when you put it in your mouth, but I personally recommend this udon. I recommend a restaurant called Takekawa.

yoshida udon
Meat Udon costs 4$
yoshida udon
Takekawa udon shop

Checking Mt.Fuji train station

Fuji Station is worth a visit. I believe this is the only place in Japan where a Torii, which is related to Shinto, gate is located in the station. Also, buses and trains to Tokyo leave from Fujiyama Station, making it very convenient.

Fujisan station
Mt.Fuji station
thomas bus
WOW! Thomas Bus to Tokyo

Eating Soft serve at Kiyosato

Kiyosato Town is at a high altitude and is a popular tourist destination as a summer resort during the summer season. It can be reached by bus from Tokyo and Kofu. Here, Seisenryo is famous for its soft-serve ice cream. You can feel the richness of the milk.

Be careful, it could be very cold even in summer
Soft serve at SeisenRyo

How was Yamanashi? Do you want to go there? If so, I’m so happy. This post may be good for you, Top 10 you must visit in Japan. See you next time!

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