Yamanashi

Mt. Fuji

Views of Mt. Fuji from a hot spring

A cave converted into a wine cellar

Shingen-ko Festival

Yamanashi Prefecture borders Tokyo to the west. It is a trove of natural treasures just 90 minutes from the capital by train. While Mt. Fuji, a World Heritage site, is the most famous of Yamanashi's mountains, the prefecture also has other peaks soaring 3,000 meters and more into the sky, such as the Yatsugatake Mountains. What could be more relaxing than soaking in a hot spring bath and looking at such a magnificent vista? The prefecture has Japan's largest grape and peach harvest, and wines made from the local Koshu grapes have won gold medals in international competitions. Similarly, many popular saké made using the pristine local water have also won gold at numerous competitions worldwide.