The Japanese word for firework is hanabi. Hana means 'flower' and bi means 'fire'. On 1st of August I went to see flowers of fire blooming in the firework festival at Lake Yamanaka. Before the fireworks I saw a beautiful sunset with M..
Tsuru is a remote city in Yamanashi Prefecture near the base of Mt. Fuji that's renowned for having the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center. All train enthusiasts will be hard-pressed to find a better museum as the Maglev can be seen on some days when it runs on a test track, where it..
Kofu is surrounded by mountains, with Mount Fuji, Mount Kimpu, Mount Shirane and Mount Kai-koma enclosing Yamanashi Prefecture's capital. An easy day trip, Kofu is only 90 minutes by train from Tokyo. Visitors can savor the city's renowned local fruits and fine wine, and take a dip in hot sp..
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and is 3776m above sea level. Mt.Fuji is also known as a World Heritage Site. More than 200,000 people climb to the top of Mt.Fuji every year, over 30% coming from overseas. Mt.Fuji is a mountain where people around the world gather and can be friendly. Te..
Houtou is a famous local specialty in Yamanashi Prefecture. It is a type of dish that is made with flat udon noodles and vegetables, and a miso-based soup that is very rich and thick like a stew. Many Japanese people rarely consider it to be an udon ..
By Ilona Lin
After wandering around Seisen-ryo and enjoying the idyllic rural scenery I found myself in need of sustenance, and after a short search I found just what I wanted - a charming bakery with a French name and very tasty looking bread.I selected olive fo..
By Cathy Cawood
Rightfully earning its place within Japan's list of top 100 waterfalls stands the impressive Nanatsu-gama-goden-no-taki. Nestled within the Chichibu-tama-kai National Park in Yamanashi Prefecture, these falls represent the crown in the jewel of..
By Steve Morton
The Fujisan World Heritage Center is a visitor information center in Yamanashi Prefecture that provides insights on Mt. Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located near Mt. Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes, this center, opened in June 2013, aims to be a ..
By Ignatius Koh
Located deep within Yamanashi Prefecture's mountainous interior lays the picturesque Nishizawa Valley. Sitting at the foot of Mount Kobushi-ga-take, this natural wilderness consists of a network of deep canyons, gorges, and waterfalls formed by..
By Steve Morton