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Want to visit Yamanashi, but not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we crafted the perfect itinerary. Watch(External Link) us try it out, then read on to get all the information you need to plan it for yourself.

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▲Mt. Fuji from Fujiyama Twin Terrace (Fuefuki City)

Fujiyama Twin Terrace

Feel the crisp mountain breeze against your skin as you take in this gorgeous view. Newly opened in 2021, this observation deck in Fuefuki City has quickly become a tourist-favorite for its breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes area. Twin Terrace is accessible via a short shuttle bus, picking up riders from several parking areas on the mountain.

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Fujiyama Twin Terrace website:
https://www.fuefuki-kanko.jp/scontents/fujiyamatwinterrace/
Address: Yamanashi, Fuefuki, Ashigawacho Kamiashigawa

Hoto Noodles at Tenka Chaya

As you make your way down the mountain, you can find one of the best spots to try Yamanashi’s regional specialty, Hoto noodles. Located on the roadside of Misaka Toge Pass, Tenka Chaya has outdoor seating, vegetarian menu options, and a rich history dating back to 1934. The late Osamu Dazai even stayed here, and you can find an entire section in the restaurant dedicated to this famous Japanese author and his legacy.

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▲Hoto Noodles from Tenka Chaya (Kawaguchiko Town)

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Address: 2739 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

Grape Parfait at Hana Terrace

While you are in the Fuji Five Lakes area, be sure to make a stop at Hana Terrace in Kawaguchiko Town. It is a charming shopping district on the lakeside, where you can enjoy some big, juicy Shine Muscat grapes in a parfait! Budoya Café specializes in making colorful desserts from the wide variety of local fruits grown in the “Fruit Kingdom” of Yamanashi.

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▲Shine Muscat Parfait at Budoya Café (Kawaguchiko Town)

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Hana Terrace website:
http://www.fujioishihanaterasu.com/en/
Budoya Café website:
http://www.fujioishihanaterasu.com/en/shop/p71/
Address: Yamanashi, Minamitsuru District, Fujikawaguchiko, Oishi, 1477

Kayaking on Lake Motosu

A 30-minute drive from Hana Terrace will take you to Kouan Campsite. You can try out several different water sports here, including kayaking, windsurfing, and even stand-up paddleboarding. After a quick crash-course, you will be free to paddle out while admiring Mt. Fuji from the lake!

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▲Kayaking on Lake Motosu

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Kouan Campsite website:
https://kouan-motosuko.com/activity/
Address: 2926 Nakanokura, Minobu, Minamikoma District, Yamanashi

Dot Glamping

Last, bring your daytime activities to a close with a signature camping experience at Dot Glamping in Kawaguchiko. A sauna, campfire, barbecue set, flushable toilet, shower, and fully-furnished tent… what more could you ask for? The hassle that comes with preparing supplies turns off a lot of people to the idea of camping. Not to mention, in a densely-populated place like Japan, campgrounds are almost always jam-packed. Dot Glamping lets you skip the stress that typically comes with outdoor overnighters, and instead lets you enjoy an exclusive, glamorous experience for the books!

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▲Dot Glamping (Kawaguchiko Town)

More Info

Dot Glamping website:
https://dot-glamping.studio.site
Address: 2872 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

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  • May 19, 2022

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