Yamanashi 山梨

Kofu Town in Yamanashi Prefecture

Yamanashi is a landlocked prefecture located west of Tokyo in the Chubu Region. The prefecture is surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan, most famously Mount Fuji on the southern border with Shizuoka. The prefectural capital is Kofu with a population of about 190,000 people.

Things to see in Yamanashi

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Yamanashi.

  1. Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture

    Mount Fuji is Japan's highest mountain with an impressive 3776 meter in height and is one of the most famous symbols of Japan. Mount Fuji is located at the border of Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures and can on clear days be seen from as far as Tokyo and Yokohama. The mountain is an active volcano and had its most recent eruption in 1707. Mount Fuji is open for climbing from July to August.

    Fuji Five Lakes region in Yamanashi Prefecture

    The Fuji Five Lake is a lake resort located at the northern base of Mount Fuji and is considered one of the best places from where to view the mountain up-close. Beside camping and fishing there are also many hot springs and museums found in the area.

    How to get there

    From Tokyo
    Ride the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo's Shinjuku Station and get off at Otsuki Station, taking about 70 minutes. Then from Otsuki take the Fujikyu Railway Line to Kawaguchiko Station, taking about one hour.

    There are also direct buses operated by Fujikyu and Keio that connects Shinjuku Bus Terminal in Tokyo to Kawaguchiko Station in the Fuji Five Lakes region. The bus ride takes about 2 hours.

  2. Fuji-Q Highland

    Entrance to Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Yamanashi Prefecture

    Located in the Fuji Five Lake region at the northern base of Mount Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland is one of the most popular amusement parks in Japan. The park first opened in 1968 and is best known for its history of introducing record-breaking new roller coasters. There are currently 4 major roller coasters operating in the park. Fujiyama, Dodonpa, Eejanaika and Takabisha, that still holds the world record for the steepest roller coaster in the world. Eejanaika is notably as one of the few "4th Dimension roller coaster" in existence, whereby riders are rotated independently of the orientation of the track.

    There are also several larger entertainment attractions, such as haunted houses and traditional ferries wheel, sky swings and carousels. For younger visitors there is also an Thomas Land area with train themed attractions based on the Thomas the Tank Engine books.

    Eejanaika roller coaster in Fuji-Q Highland amusement park

    How to get there

    The closest station is the Fujikyu Highland Station, located between the Kawaguchiko and Otsuki Stations on the Fujikyu Railway Line. A one-way trip to Fujikyu Highland Station from Kawaguchiko Station only takes about 2 minutes. Beside trains, most highway buses in the area stop at Fuji-Q Highland.