Looking out on Mt. Fuji from Arakurayama Sengen Park makes for a superb viewing spot which fascinates not only the people of Japan but visitors from abroad as well. You have to climb 397 stairs to see this view (ramp available), but the amazing view at the top will make you forget how tired you are.
The location is always bustling with tourists in the spring because it allows for one to capture Mt. Fuji, a five-storied pagoda (Chureito), and cherry blossoms all in a single photograph. (The pagoda is a memorial monument for those who died in war.)
This picture was taken on an evening in late February. The setting sun painted the foot of Mt. Fuji red, and it was quite beautiful.
The combination of Mt. Fuji and the pagoda, the appearance of which changes moment by moment depending on the weather and time of day, is a beautiful sight that never grows old. (40 minutes by car from the hotel)
Enjoy views of a classic Japanese thatched-roof village along with Mt. Fuji in all her glory at Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba. This is a beautiful replica of a village, formerly located in the Nenba region but was devastated by natural disaster in 1966.
In the village buildings you can try your hand at local cultural activities such as making votive lanterns, or you can shop for local products and enjoy a meal. At "Hinomiya" you can also rent armor, helmets, kimono, and ninja costumes. This is a popular spot for overseas visitors with plenty of photo opportunities featuring traditional Japanese culture. (60 minutes by car from the hotel)
The Ice Candle Festival will be held on February 17th only, at Yamanakako Communication Plaza KIRARA.
There will be thousands of ice candles, made by filling milk cartons and other containers with water and letting them freeze outdoors, a handcraft well suited to Lake Yamanaka.
After the candle lighting ceremony (at 17:30) there will be a fireworks display, for a magical event where you can feast your eyes on ice candles and fireworks over the backdrop of Mt. Fuji. (6 minutes by car from the hotel)
A must-see for all ninja enthusiasts. Try out ninja weapons, such as the "shuriken" (throwing blade) and the "fukiya" (blowgun), or practice your compulsory ninja .....more information
In Hananomiyako Park, an illumination event is held that adds bright color to Lake Yamanaka. The weather around Lake Yamanaka is extremely cold in this season, but local volunteers decorate the area for this event as a part of local revitalization. There are also snack booths in the venue, featuring an array of warm dishes. Fireworks displays also take place every Saturday except for December 30th, throughout the Christmas and New Year's season. Held until January 3rd. (15 minutes by car from the hotel)
Each year the "Yuyake no Nagisa, Fall Foliage Festival" takes place at Asahigaoka Lakeside Parkland, where the fall colors are illuminated at night along a 600-meter expanse. The park has a promenade and benches with tables. Hot drinks and snacks are also available. (until Nov 12. Illumination 4:30–9:00 PM) (10 minutes by car from the hotel)
A shot of Mt. Fuji at the magic hour, as seen from the observation point on Fujimi Bridge near Shin-Misaka Tunnel on Japan National Route 137. (43 minutes by car from the hotel)
Red・yellow・orange Cosmos sulphureus and blue Western Morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor) bloom in Hananomiyako Park.
Cosmos sulphureus is native to Mexico, it is strong in the heat and makes the flowers bloom well even in the height of summer. Until mid-October is the best time to see. (the first photo)
Western Morning glory maintains the quality of flowers than Japanese morning glory. In summer, the flowers are blooming until about noon, and in autumn they are sometimes blooming until evening and the next day. (the second photo)
Also at the lake, children of swan were born and you can see them swimming with their parents. (15 minutes by car from the hotel)
The La Casa Della Pesca cafe offers sweets that are made with plenty of fresh peaches, treats that are unique to Peach Farmer-run places. The most popular item is the parfait "Peach Jewel" (¥1,080) that contains a whole peach. Note that the cafe closes for the year on September 30th. It is crowded on weekends, so visits on weekdays are recommended. (70 minutes by car from the hotel)
Shaved ice using natural ice made from the delicious underground water of Mt. Fuji. The fluffy texture from natural ice topped with peaches makes this a delicious dish unique to Yamanashi. At a diameter of 20cm, we recommend this dish be shared by 2 people. It will be available in the hotel lounge until September 10th. (¥1,600)
A grand flower carpet spread across the foothills of Mt Fuji. With flower gardens covering an area of approximately.....more information
An amphibious bus that is quite unusual in Japan called "KABA" (hippopotamus). After driving through the lakeside forest, it dives straight into the lake, creating quite a splash. Another thing to look forward to the is the crew's performance, which makes the drive and cruise even more fun and exciting. (10 minutes by car from the hotel)
This is a great spot to photograph Mt. Fuji. Both of these photos were taken in winter, the first in midnight and the second at dawn. Mt. Fuji changes expression at different seasons, times, and weather. Capture your very own picture of Mt. Fuji here.(10 minutes by car from the hotel)
At the famous picture spot on Mt. Fuji's "Panorama Platform". Mt. Fuji dyed orange by the setting sun makes for an exceptional view.(10 minutes by car from the hotel)
Koyodai offers a 360 degree panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Aokigahara Sea of Trees, as well as Lake Motosu, Lake Saiko, and the Akaishi Mountains. In early November, the landscape will be painted in beautiful autumn colors.(50 minutes by car from the hotel)
Long ago, a village by a lake in the mountains raised money to purchase some swans. The birds were then entrusted to the care of the swan loving villagers and other interested parties.(15 minutes by car from the hotel)
Yamanashi is known as the land of fruits.
The popular peach-picking takes place in summer, but peaches delight people even in spring.
"Togenkyo (peach paradise)" is an apt name for the peach orchard in Misaka. Depending on the location, you can enjoy viewing both the cherry and peach blossoms. (About an hour by car from the hotel.)
This is Yamanakako Lake this morning. Spring has finally come to the lake and the cherry trees have started to bloom. The surface of the lake was sparkling under the sunshine.(10 minutes by car from the hotel)