The Yamanashi countryside is largely given over to fruit production. You won't see many rice fields here, but you will see orchards and vineyards everywhere. In Koshu City and Yamanashi City there are many peach orchards. From early to mid April the pink blossoms create lovely views. Some of these photos were taken from Budo-no-Oka Winery, and some from Fuefukigawa Fruit Park in Yamanashi. Most of them were just taken from the side of country roads. April is the perfect time for a road trip in Yamanashi, either by car or bicycle (if you come by train, you can always hire a bicycle at Kanzo Yashiki opposite Enzan Station.)
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.