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Yamanashi is surrounded by majestic mountains, and blessed with amazing natural scenery and spectacularly beautiful autumn leaves. It has an abundance of excellent locations where visitors can enjoy the autumn season: places to eat, places to play, and places to gaze out at perfectly clear autumn skies! How about having a fun time in Yamanashi this autumn?

Autumn events

Autumn in Yamanashi, which is blessed with abundant nature, has many fun events with delicious foods! These events are especially enjoyable when they are bustling with many people! New discoveries—people, foods, and attractive features of Yamanashi—await you.

Events where many people get together are a lot of fun!

Japanese National Fermented Food Summit
in Yamanashi

An event called the “Japanese National Fermented Food Summit” is held in Yamanashi, at which people learn about the attractive features of fermented foods, which are healthy and delicious. During the two days of this event, there are many opportunities to learn about, enjoy, and taste fermented foods, including talks on fermentation culture, tours of production areas such fermented food production sites, and product exhibitions with many fermented foods from across Japan.

  • Date(s) of event: November 12 (Sat.) - November 13 (Sun.), 2016
  • Location: JR Kofu Station North Exit Yocchabare Square (main venue), etc.

63rd Koshu City Katsunuma Grape Festival

Grapes and wines, the locally produced specialties of this city, are offered free of charge. Other outstanding features include a children’s parade with portable shrines, performances on a stage, and a burning of a Shinto shrine archway that lights up the night sky. This grape festival was started in order to express a feeling of gratitude for the harvest, which has remained unchanged since long ago. At this festival, visitors express thanks and joy for the bountiful fruits—the bursting of buds, growth of the plants, and the harvest—as well as convey their hopes for the future.

  • Date(s) of event: October 1 (Sat.), 2016
  • Location: Katsunuma Chuo Park Plaza

Paul Rusch Festival ~ Yatsugatake County Fair ~ 2016

County fairs are harvest festivals that have been popular in the United States since long ago. Paul Rusch held a county fair at Yatsugatake, marking the start of this festival. A variety of events take place over two days at a spacious pasture. Persons of various countries visit to have fun at this festival, so there is a very international atmosphere. Please thoroughly enjoy an autumn day at this festival where there is a refreshing highland breeze.

  • Date(s) of event: October 15 (Sat.) - October 16 (Sun.), 2016
  • Location: Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP) Seisenryo Pasture

Doshi Valley Inoshika Festival

The Inoshika Festival is held at Michinoeki Doshi when it is surrounded by autumn leaves, and it is a rare festival where it is possible to eat the popular wild game meats inoshishi (boar) and shika (deer), which are featured in the festival’s name. Visitors can taste dishes rarely found anywhere else, such as boar soup and grilled venison steaks. Other delicious foods include salted grilled ayu (sweetfish) and skewers of Doshi pork.

  • Date(s) of event: November 20 (Sun.), 2016
  • Location: Michinoeki Doshi

Autumn experiences

Autumn is a season when the scenery glitters especially beautifully in the light, and nature’s blessings taste even more delicious! How about tasting fruits and vegetables that are unique to Yamanashi when they are in season, and having a relaxing time while enjoying the special characteristics of autumn?

Experiencing autumn is really fun. I love it!

Hunting for high-quality, fully ripe fruits

This is a tour that makes it possible to experience the attractive features and deliciousness of the high-quality, fully ripe fruits of this fruit kingdom. First of all, a “master of fully-ripe fruit” explains how to identify and pick the delicious fruits! Freshly picked fruits are used as ingredients to make jam, and after this, it is possible to enjoy lunch at a popular restaurant that is surrounded by orchards.

  • Date(s) of event: September 1 (Thu.) - September 30 (Fri.), 2016 *Reservation required
  • Location: Minami-Alps City (gathering place: Happy Park)

Akebono soybean and edamame harvesting experience

Akebono soybeans are a specialty of Minobu-cho. They have long grains and are very sweet, and are also called “phantom soybeans.” They have strong regional characteristics and their production volume is limited, so their edamame (in the pod) preparation is very rare, and is not usually found at markets. The Akebono soybean and edamame harvesting experience is visited by many fans each year. This is a great place to enjoy taste-testing and direct sales!

  • Date(s) of event: Saturdays, Sundays and national holiday from October 1 through 31, 2016 *Please check the exact schedule.
  • Location: Eight locations in Minobu-cho Town

Apple bath on special bath day

On the 26th day of each month, one of the many baths offering excellent panorama views of Mt. Fuji is transformed into an unusual type of bath! In October it is possible to enjoy an “apple bath,” a bath in which there are many floating apples. Relaxing in a hot spring bath while enjoying the sweet and sour aroma of apples and gazing at beautiful snow-covered Mt. Fuji is an amazing experience! It gently warms both the body and spirit.

  • Date(s) of event: October 26 (Wed.), 2016
  • Location: Fujichobo-no-yu Spa Yurari

Autumn leaves

In autumn in Yamanashi, the surrounding mountains change to vivid colors, and there is beautiful, entrancing scenery throughout the region. There are also many festivals and events for enjoying autumn leaves!
How about making some wonderful memories during the autumn season in Yamanashi, where the autumn leaves are beautiful?

Autumn leaves are so gorgeous!I can’t wait to see them illuminated at night.

Yuyake no Nagisa Autumn Leaves Festival,
Yamanakako Lake

Each year, the Yuyake no Nagisa Autumn Leaves Festival is held at Asahigaoka Kohan Ryokuchi Park, where the Maple leaves turn a bright red during the autumn season. There is a 600-meter long corridor of autumn foliage, which looks otherworldly when lit up at night. The park has a promenade and provides tables and benches, so is great for taking a stroll while viewing autumn leaves.

  • Date(s) of event: October 21 (Fri.) - November 6 (Sun.), 2016
  • Location: Asahigaoka Kohan Ryokuchi Park

Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival

This festival is held on the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchi, which will be brightly colored. The standout feature of the festival is the “Corridor of Maples,” which comforts and relaxes visitors, and puts their heart at ease. The surrounding area is bustling with restaurants, souvenir shops, and craft markets. The leaves are illuminated from sunset at around 4:30 p.m., until 10 p.m. The “Autumn Leaves Tunnel” is a well-known spot for taking photos that is about a 15-minute drive from the festival location, and it is also highly recommended.

  • Date(s) of event: November 1 (Tue.) - November 23 (Wed.), 2016
  • Location: Kawaguchi Nashigawa, on the shore of Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Inagako Autumn Leaves Festival

How about comfortably enjoying autumn leaves while listening to music at Lake Inagako, which is located halfway up Mt. Kushigatayama? The “Lake Inagako Autumn Leaves Festival” is held at Lake Inagako at Kenmin no Mori Prefectural Forest in Minami-Alps City, and features outdoor live shows, juggling shows, stamp rallies, a corner for tasting sweets made from locally grown fruit, and much more. A shuttle bus runs between the site and the City Hall.

  • Date(s) of event: November 5 (Sat.), 2016
  • Location: Lake Inagako, Kenmin no Mori Prefectural Forest