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Yamanashi has cold weather during the winter, so there are many delicious, fun, and beautiful things to enjoy! The winter air is crisp and clear, so don’t miss the opportunity to fully experience Yamanashi’s winter flavors, fun, and beauty. You’ll definitely want to visit again and again!

Hot springs

One of the well-known enjoyments of Yamanashi during the winter is hot springs! It is recommended to relax in a hot spring while gazing at the majestic scenery during the daytime or enjoying the sparking stars and night views during the nighttime. A time of supreme bliss awaits.

Relaxing in a hot spring during the winter warms up the body!

Hirano Onsen Ishiwari no Yu

This is an authentic one-day visit Onsen hot spring at the foot of mysterious Mt. Ishiwari that features wooden domes made of chestnut tree materials, incorporating wooden beams which have been used in this area since long ago. It features some of Japan’s finest high alkalinity hot spring water, which boasts a ph of 9.6 and high hydrogen ion concentration and thus feels soft to the touch.

  • Address: 1450 Hirano, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun


This relaxing hot spring boasts a wide panorama view that includes the cityscape of the Kofu Basin below and the row of mountains from the Southern Alps to Okutama beyond. The city lights of the Kofu Basin can be seen at night, so it is possible to spend some time relaxing in a dream-like atmosphere.

  • Address: 2608 Otsuka, Ichikawamisato–cho, Nishiyatsushiro-gun

Hottarakashi Onsen

There are two large bathing areas here. “Kocchi-no-Yu” is directly facing Mt. Fuji, and it is possible to gaze upon Mt. Kabuto, one of Yamanashi’s famous 100 mountains, to the right. “Acchi-no-Yu” is popular for its grandeur and location that provides a view of the Kofu Basin, which has been certified as having one of Japan’s new top three nighttime views. Visitors can also enjoy fantastical scenery during the sunrise here.

  • Address: 1669-18 Yatsubo, Yamanashi City

Kai-Oizumi Onsen Panorama-no-Yu

This hot spring is located on a high plateau and offers beautiful mountain views that are unique Yamanashi: Yatsugatake to the north, the Southern Alps to the west, Mt. Mizugaki to the east, and so on. Within this amazing expansive panorama, Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance as well.

  • Address: 8240-1 Nishiide, Oizumi-cho, Hokuto City

Yamanashi has many delicious foods during the winter!

As for the wintertime flavors of Yamanashi, the foods taste even more delicious because it is cold. Japanese sake is refined by cold conditions, and harsh coldness enhances the sweetness of the persimmon. Dishes such as hoto stew warm the body and spirit, and are especially satisfying during the winter! Please stop by Yamanashi to try these delicious foods!

Yamanashi has many delicious foods during the winter!

Hoto (miso vegetable stew)

This is a local specialty of Yamanashi that is particularly highly recommended during the winter. It features an abundance of seasonal vegetables such as pumpkin, mushrooms, and potatoes stewed in a miso broth together with long, wide, flat noodles. It is eaten at households in the area so has the flavor of home cooking. Hoto that has been left to sit overnight and is eaten the next day is especially delicious! It warms the body from the core.

Koro-kaki (dried persimmons)

This is a dried persimmon that is a long-established traditional food of Enzan in Koshu City, and it is famous as a specialty product of the area. Here, the sight of persimmons being hung out to dry in front of homes is a charming feature of the winter season. These persimmons that have been dried in the daytime sun have a rich flavor and refined sweetness, and are packed with nutrients.

Japanese sake (rice wine)

From December through February when there is harsh coldness is the best time for brewing sake. Yamanashi has an abundance of pure spring water, so there are many sake brewers here, and events such as brewery tours and taste testing gatherings are held. Some of the breweries are linked with restaurants. Events related to the “first opening of warehouses after the New Year” in February and March are also popular.

Winter events

Many stars shine in Yamanashi’s wintertime sky, and there are many illumination, fireworks, and other events featuring sparkling lights! Sparkling lights in the crisp, clear air are breathtakingly beautiful, and it is possible to experience a fantastical world!

The wintertime sky is beautiful and dreamy!♪

Lake Yamanakako Diamond Fuji Weeks & Ice Candle Festival

Each February when the weather stabilizes at Lake Yamanakako, there is a higher probability of seeing a “diamond Fuji,” which is when the sun sets right at the peak of Mr. Fuji and sparkles like a diamond. During this season, “ice candles,” flames lit inside ice, color the lakeside.

Lake Yamanakako Diamond Fuji Weeks

  • Date(s) of event: February 1 (Wed.) - February 22 (Wed.), 2017
  • Time: Time of sunset
  • Location: Entrance of Oideyama to front of University of Tsukuba dormitory

Ice Candle Festival

  • Date(s) of event:
    February 11 (Sat.), 2017 Location: Hirano Chibikko Square
    February 18 (Sat.), 2017 Location: Yamanakako Communication Plaza KIRARA
  • Time: Lighting ceremony starting at 5:00 p.m., followed by fireworks
    *The event will be canceled or rescheduled if there is rain or stormy weather, or if the water level of LakeYamanakako has risen.

Pageant of Light at Heidi’s Village

During this event, all of Heidi’s Village is beautifully lit. A dreamlike world unfolds featuring a fantastical “candle night,” an illumination tour around the site on the “Heidi” light train, and a tunnel of light through a 230 meter long rose corridor, which is the longest in Japan.

  • Date(s) of event: November 19 (Sat.), 2016 - January 3 (Tue.), 2017
  • Location: Heidi’s Village

Nishijima Illumination

This illumination event started at one house in the Nishimachi District of Nishijima, Minobucho and gradually expanded each year so that now about 35 houses are participating, including ones in neighboring districts. More than 100,000 light bulbs are lit along a 500-meter stretch of road, thus creating an impressive and beautiful illumination road. This illumination event is especially heartwarming since everything is handmade by the local residents.

  • Date(s) of event: December 1 (Thur.), 2016 - January 3 (Tue.), 2017
  • Opening hour: 17:00 - 22:00
  • Location: Nishijima, Minobu-cho, Minamikoma-gun
  • Parking: Parking for the event to be provided at Minobucho Nakatomi Washinosato, etc.

Winter Fireworks at Lake Kawaguchiko

In this event, fireworks are launched into the winter sky. There are three launching points: the main venue Oike Park, a sub-venue at Tatamiiwa, and Yagisaki Park. The program is changed slightly each time, so can be enjoyed again and again from any angle along the shore of the lake.

  • Date(s) of event: Saturdays and Sundays from January 14 through February 19, 2017, and Mt. Fuji Day on February 23, 2017
  • Opening hour: 20:00~20:20
  • Main venue: Oike Park at Lake Kawaguchiko

Isawa-Onsen Winter Fireworks Festival at Fuefuki River

This is a winter fireworks event that lights up the nighttime sky of Fuefuki River. Seeing fireworks during the winter when the air is crisp and clear is somewhat different than in the summer, and there is a dream-like atmosphere. During the event, sweet sake and sweet red-bean soup are served, and provide warmth to visitors while they are enjoying the event.

  • Date(s) of event: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from February 3 through 26, 2017
    *May be canceled due to weather conditions
  • Opening hour: 20:30~20:50
  • Location: Riverbed of Fuefuki River (near Ukai Bridge)