Recommended Restaurants in the Area
This quaint restaurant looks like it was pulled straight out of a fairy tale picture book! The interior decor is just as pretty to behold and is alone worth the visit. At Forest Alm, enjoy authentic Italian food made using real buckwheat flour.
Here’s a restaurant that specializes in stews! Savour your meal—and a glass of wine—from a relaxing terrace.
Yamanakako’s Koshu Hoto Peasant is one of 10 locations throughout Yamanashi Prefecture. The spacious interior makes it ideal for a group of friends, or you can find a cozy corner and recline by yourself.
Soft and tender, Booz Café’s exquisite, stone-grilled pizza is a popular choice. The ingredients are brought to life through the impeccable timing at every step of the preparation process. You must also try the sweet “Ichioshi” tarts. The raspberry and blueberry flavors are the most popular.
Hidden away in the forest surrounding Lake Yamanaka, enjoy the area’s natural scenery up close at Restaurant Koshiji. It also offers a workshop experience where you can make your own sausages.
Commitment to Good Soba
This soba restaurant is a hot topic among soba lovers. Their service and hospitality will compel you to return frequently. Here you can enjoy soba noodles, handmade tofu, and local dishes unique to the area.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Feast your eyes on the vibrant colors and rich nature of local seasonal flowers. Flower City Park (Hananomiyako) also has a year-round greenhouse where you can admire rare, tropical plants and orchids no matter the season. The traditional Japanese garden features a large water mill and is home to Myojin Falls, which is 10 meters high and 80 meters wide. Discover various types of water apparatuses at the water playground, or experience the wonder of a Mt. Fuji eruption in the underground “experience zone.”
At Kirara, you’ll find a large outdoor theater. This is Yamanakako’s Communication Theatre and is home to many concerts and events. The natural turf grounds serve as a place for people and nature to coexist. Besides the natural turf, you’ll also find artificial turf, clay grounds, and tennis courts for your sports and recreational needs. At Kirara, you can join various classes and lectures such as a guided nature tour around the base of Mt. Fuji.
Along the Mikuni Pass there is a spectacular lookout with a panoramic view of Lake Yamanaka and—beyond it—Mt. Fuji. On a clear day, you can even see the Southern Alps. Be there while the sun is setting, and watch the scene turn bright red. In the fall, the lands become a sea of Japanese pampas grass—a sea which you might wish to wander through! Please note that parking space is limited to ten vehicles.
Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the five lakes surrounding Mt. Fuji, and at 982 meters above sea level, it’s Japan’s third highest lake. On a clear day, you can admire magnificent Mt. Fuji. Climb aboard the “Swan Boat” and enjoy a relaxing, 35-minute ride around the lake. The 220-seater boat is wheelchair-accessible and stroller-friendly.
The “Kaba” (or hippo) of Lake Yamanaka, also known as the amphibious Kaba Bus, is both a bus and a boat. Six times a day, it tours the area on land and water with an exciting production and gifts for children. Reservations must be made in advance.
At an altitude of 1143 meters, Ishiwari Shrine is located near the 8th station on the Mt. Ishiwari hiking trail. From there, you can see Mt. Fuji. It is said that breathing the air while passing between these rocks cleanses the body of diseases, and the water that trickles from the outcrop is hallowed as sacred.
Toyotama-hime is the deity honored at the Suwa Shrine. The annual “Easy Delivery Festival” takes place from September 4th to September 6th and draws pregnant women and mothers holding young children from all over Japan to carry the sacred sword and seek benefits related to matchmaking, baby delivery, and child rearing.
A footpath winds through the park of the Literature Forest and around the memorial hall of Soho Tokutomi, who loved Lake Yamanaka. Don’t miss the literary hall of Yukio Mishima. It’s a representative of modern Japanese literary arts. Here you’ll find many monuments, and you can enjoy nature while breathing in the scent of literature.
The most popular hiking trail up Mt. Fuji is the Yoshida Trail, which begins in the foothills in Yamanashi Prefecture. The mountain trail is dotted with numerous huts and four first aid stations. Being that there are many hikers, even beginners can climb with confidence.
The largest outlet mall in Japan is located in the nearby city of Gotemba in Shizuoka Prefecture. It’s composed of two blocks—the “West Zone” and the “East Zone”—separated by a valley and connected by a bridge. In Gotemba’s premium outlet mall, you’ll find 205 bustling stores.
A circuit located in Oyama-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture, Fuji Speedway (FSW) boasts versatile facilities that are suitable for any genre of motor sports—from international races to auto club events. It is also an ideal space for outdoor concerts, test drives, and TV or movie sets.
Kawaguchiko Music Forest is located on the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchi. You can enjoy playing traditional music boxes and automatic musical instruments. Visit the hotel garden and admire the seasonal flowers—most notably the roses, in bloom from mid-April to mid-November.
This amusement park is affiliated with Fuji Kyuko and is located in Fujiyoshida City. It’s packed with rides such as the popular “FUJIYAMA,” “Dodonpa,” “Eejanaika,” “Gundam Crisis,” and “Thomas Land.”
Adjacent to the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center on the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchi, Oishi Park is the venue for the Kawaguchiko Herb Festival, a famous event that takes place at the beginning of summer. From mid-June to mid-July, you can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and—in the foreground—fields of lavender spread out like a dainty carpet. In July, you can also enjoy blueberry-picking.
Located at an altitude of 850 meters, Fuji Safari Park is home to a variety of animals from around the world. What sets it apart from other safari parks is the majestic backdrop of Mt. Fuji. The park is divided into a safari zone, where you can observe wild animals from your vehicle, and a petting zoo, where you can feed and interact with cute animals.
Hot Springs To Try
Yamanakako’s Benifuji Onsen (natural hot spring) boasts a superb location, allowing you to gaze upon Mt. Fuji while you soak in the steaming waters. Unwind, relax, and allow your mind and body to heal.
Hirano’s Ishiwari no Yu Onsen (natural hot spring) is a full-scale hot spring within a classy dome built of chestnut wood. Situated at the foot of Mt. Ishiwari, it is supported by ancient beams.
Not only does Fuji Yurari Hot Spring contain 16 types of hot springs, it also offers superb views and leverages the energy of Mt. Fuji to promote a healthy body. Not to mention, the grounds are splendidly lit at night.
Here you’ll find plenty of facilities for your relaxation such as a garden bath where you can wash away your fatigue while admiring the magnificent Mt. Fuji. There’s also a large hot spring ideal for couples to steep in their swimsuits.