Yamanashi Prefecture, located west of Tokyo, is home to Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchiko, and many other fun spots. Lake Kawaguchiko is accessible by train or bus in 2 hours from Shinjuku Station. We’ll introduce sightseeing spots and activities to enjoy travel in this prefecture in the Chubu region.
Sitting to the west of Tokyo, Yamanashi Prefecture has many tourist spots worth visiting—most notably, Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. There are also other highlights, including hot springs offering scenic vistas and locally brewed sake.
It’s easy to access Lake Kawaguchiko and Kofu by both train and highway bus from Shinjuku Station. Via the JR Chuo Line Limited Express train, it’s about two hours from Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchiko (headed for Lake Kawaguchi), and about 90 minutes from Shinjuku to Kofu (headed for Matsumoto).
In today’s article, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to see and do in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Firstly, let’s admire the breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji. It’s Japan’s tallest mountain, boasting an elevation of 3,776 meters, and became a registered UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014.
Every year, it attracts hundreds of thousands of climbers who have aspirations of reaching the mountain’s summit.
In addition to its height, another attractive feature of Mt. Fuji is its beautiful symmetry in which both sides gently slope down to the mountain’s base.
Historically, it has been depicted in many works of art, including paintings and woodblock prints.
The local area has numerous Mt. Fuji viewing spots, including Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Yamanakako, and the five-storied Chureito Pagoda.
Mt. Fuji has many climbing trails on both its Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefecture sides. But the most popular trail by far is the Yoshida Trail, which originates from Yamanashi’s Fujiyoshida City.
Mt. Fuji is open for climbing from early July to early August. You can reach the 5th Station by bus or car and then begin making your ascent to the summit.
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