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Sights(Isawa Area)

Nishizawa Gorge

Nishizawa Gorge is the typical beauty spot of Yamanashi prefecture in Chichibu Tama Kai National Park. In Showa 37, about 10 local volunteers started developing this area from ‘Narei Sawa’ which is the joint point of Nishi-zawa (West stream) and Higashi-zawa (East stream). At that time, because road had not been equipped yet, large-size machine tools could not go in the gorge, so the project was practiced by human power. Nowadays, the walking trail is equipped and you can walk easily, but you have to be aware the peculiar danger of gorge. Please enjoy the nature of Nishizawa gorge, paying your attention. In spring you enjoy the colonies of Rhododendron degronianum and greens, in summer, you view the scenery filled with cool. In autumn, the place is crowded with hiker because of the beautiful autumn leaves. You will enjoy the distant view of Tosaka Moutain, Tokusa-Moutain, and Hahu Mauntain for each season. In March of Heisei 19 (2007), this place is authorized as a Forest therapy base. In June of Heisei 20 (2008), the water was selected as the best 100 water in Japan. The gorge has stunning waterfall and autumn views including those of trees such as maples, Japanese beeches and larches, and the Nanatsugama Godan Fall. The best time of colored leaves is from mid-October to the end of November.

Autumn Leaves of Nishizawa Gorge

In March 2007 Nishizawa Gorge, located in Mitomi Kawaura, Yamanashi City, was designated as a forest therapy base. Also in June 2008 it was chosen as one of the Heisei Era 100 best water sites. Many people visit throughout the year and enjoy the rhododendrons in spring, the new greens in early summer and the colored leaves in autumn. Also, there is also a tour around Nishizawa Gorge with a city-certified therapy guide who gives specialist advice. Whether you are visiting for the first time or returning and would like to find out more, please contact us for details.

Nishizawa Gorge Nanatsugama Godan Waterfall

The noted waterfall of Nnishizawa Gorge makes an appearance after you walk a hour and half from the bus stop of the entrance of the gorge. In the time of autumn leaves, you will view the amazingly beautiful, mysterious scenery that emerald green water and white splash contrast favorably with colored leaves. If you visit Nishizawa Gorge, you should come here to see this superb sight. The best time to view colored leaves is ten days after October 10. The best time to view changes every year due to climate, so you should inquire about it. The best time of colored leaves is throughout October. Main kinds of trees: maple, beech, Japanese rowan and oak.

Kentokusan Erin-ji Temple

The family temple of Takeda Shingen. A memorial service for Shingen is held on April 12. The temple has a garden designed by the monk Muso Kokushi which is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty, a wooden sitting statue of Muso Kokushi which is a cultural property designated by the prefecture, a sitting statue of Takeda Fudoson and the graves of Takeda Shingen and Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu. The treasure house contains many cultural properties related to Takeda Shingen including his helmet, war fan and flag containing his battle standard Furinkazan (wind, forest, fire, mountain) which is a quote by the famous commander Sun Tzu. You can enjoy Matcha (green powdered tea) in this garden, a masterpiece of Muso Kokushi.

Keitokuin Temple

The temple was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu and is the family temple of Takeda Katsuyori. The Takeda clan died here after a battle with the armies of Oda and Tokugawa in the Tano area on March 11th 1582. There are stones in the grounds of the temple which show where Katsuyori, his wife and son Nobukatsu committed suicide and there are also the graves of 50 officers, soldiers and maids.

Yamanashi Prefectural Museum

Yamanashi Prefectural Museum is a museum where anyone, from children to adults, can enjoy learning. With the theme, "The People and Nature of Yamanashi," the various attractions and exhibits aim to explain the relationship between nature and Yamanashi's history and culture.

Otome Highland

A treasure trove of Japanese azalea and other highland plants along the Crystal Line, the Yatsugatake and Chichibu mountain range. Otome Highland has stunning views of Mt. Fuji and is in north-west Makioka-cho, Yamanashi City, 10 minutes by car from Yakiyama Pass. At an altitude of 1,700 meters, the grasslands are surrounded by the peaks of the Chichibu mountain range. The grassland area is the joint work of nature and the people who have long been preserving it by cutting the grass in early winter. It has a rich ecosystem with violets in spring, over 100 kinds of flowers in summer and the blazing Japanese gentian in autumn. Apart from flower there are also trees, mushrooms, birds, insects, animals and stars, and people who appreciate its nature visit over and over again. In April 2001 the Otome Highland Fan Club was formed with the aim of nurturing the connection between people and nature at the highland, and to pass on its natural beauty to the next generation. Many events are held, including tours, the Otome Highland Forum and grass cutting which is held on November 23rd (Labor Thanksgiving Day).

Tunnel Wine Cave

A tunnel built in Katsunuma-cho, Koshu City that is used to store wine. The brick tunnel was built in 1903 and is a legacy to railway culture. The tunnel is 1,100 meters long and remains unchanged from its days as the old JR Fukazawa Tunnel. It is now used to store wine for long-term aging and to add value. Throughout the year the temperature is kept between 6-14 °C, and the humidity is kept between 45-65%, which is the ideal condition for the wine to age. Approximately 1 million bottles of wine can be stored in the tunnel. There are storage units for wine makers and also individuals, and the cost of one unit, which can store up to 300 bottles, for restaurants and individuals is 2,500 yen per month. Each unit can be locked and the wine stored safely. You can take a look round near the entrance of the wine cave and the management office provides tourist information and sells wine.

Fruit Line

A driving area with fantastic views. The fruit line is a new night driving spot that runs approximately 7 km from Kasugai in Fuefuki City to Ichikawa in Yamanashi City and comes out of the fruit orchards on the northern slopes of the Kofu Basin. Quietly stretching out across the night, the basin is just like a sea of lights.

Yamanashi Traditional Crafts Museum

The museum displays and introduces the history and production techniques of Koshu crystal carving and Koshu lacquered deerhide.

Fruit SPA ‘Pukupuku’

Fruit SPA ‘Pukupuku’ is a day-trip hot spring located in the grounds of the Fuefukigawa Fruit Park in Yamanashi City that you can relax in while enjoying the stunning seasonal views. In addition to the stunning views, the minus ions from the bath embedded with tourmaline will soothe you and get rid of your tiredness. We hope you enjoy the views while having a relaxing soak. It is located in the top part of Fuefukigawa Fruit Park, which was selected as one of the new three major night views in Japan. From the outdoor bath you can enjoy the night view of Kofu Basin.

Budo-no-Kuni Culture Hall

The exhibitions tell the history of Katsunuma-cho’s grapes and wine in an easy to understand way with waxwork figures. Exhibition contents: 1. Legends of grapes in Katsunuma. 2. Scenes of Katsunuma-shuku post station on the Koshu Road. 3. Wine making in the Meiji Period. (1868-1912) 4. Materials about two young men who went to France to study wine. There are other exhibits about grapes and wine.

Budo-no-Kuni Museum

A combined library and museum where you can look at materials about grapes and wine. There are also materials about agriculture in Japan, and an exhibition about grapes and wine is held every October. There are also facilities such as the grape and wine folk story booth, where children can enjoy learning in a fun and interesting way.

Mercian Wine Museum

Former Miyazaki second winery built in 1904 which is the oldest wooden winery in Japan and is designated as a tangible cultural asset of Yamanashi prefecture, is opened as the archives’ room of Chateau Mercian. It introduces the history of Chateau Mercian, and the birth and transitions of Japanese wine. It also exhibits the important equipments which had been used for brewing here before, and introduces the track and the achievements of predecessors who made the base of Chateau Merchian, and the grape-producing area. If you would like to know about wine, you should visit here.

MORITA KOSHU WINERY CO.,Ltd (Chanmoris Winery)

Wine and regional limited edition products. There is a parking area for large buses.

Erin-ji Temple Garden

The best time to visit is from late October to early November. Main kinds of trees: maple and azalea.

Manriki Park / Manyo Forest

The best time to visit is from late October to the end of November. Main kinds of trees: maple, Sawtooth oak, konara oak, beech and ginkgo.

Kumano-jinja Shrine Main Hall and Hall of Worship

The structures are nationally designated as Important Cultural Properties.

Daizen-ji Temple Garden

Designated as a place of scenic beauty by the prefecture.

Around Budo-no-Oka Wine Center

The best time to visit is from late October to early November. Main species: grapes.