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Up the winding mountain roads of Yamanashi’s Shosenkyo region, lies a beautiful scenic hike for visitors to enjoy year-round. Kakuenpo, the highest cliff in the area, is known as the place where monk Kakuen meditated on the space of only a few tatami mats. The view of Kakuenpo on the way up the mountain is breathtaking. It is especially picturesque with fall foliage, though it is beautiful throughout the seasons. Ishimon, a huge...

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Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five lakes of Fuji region, is a beautiful lake boasting an incredible view of Mt. Fuji on clear days. With a large circumference, the lake can be explored and enjoyed at a leisurely pace. The view from Lake Kawaguchi is spectacular on a sunny or clear day. Mt. Fuji can be seen overlooking the lake. With flowers blooming in spring, it is a popular photo spot for photographers from all over Japan and overseas....

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Koi, large carp, are known throughout the world for their beauty. Often seen as beautiful living additions to traditional gardens, koi can be found in nice gardens and private ponds. Close to Isawa-Onsen Station in Yamanashi is Isawa Nishikigoi Center. With other locations around Japan, Isawa Nishikigoi Center is a large, internationally-renowned cultivator of koi. The modest exterior of the center gives no impression that housed...

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Japan is known for its technology, fashion, healthy food, and fast trains. With complex timetables and timely commuters, trains are almost always on time, maintaining their image of convenience and reliability. Currently, the Shinkansen bullet train is regarded as one of the fastest in the world with convenient routes across Japan. Commuters can reach Osaka from Tokyo, a journey of about 500 km, in less than three hours by bullet...

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Japanese sake is a staple of Japanese culture and cuisine. Produced throughout the country in factories small and large, sake is cherished by enthusiasts in Japan and around the world. Yamanashi prefecture is home to many Japanese specialties, one of which is sake. Small factories are known for producing high quality sake. Many such factories are passed down from generation to generation and kept within the family practice. A drive...

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Hotel Sekifu, located near Isawa-Onsen Station in Yamanashi prefecture, is the perfect place for an escape for the mind and body. There is nothing like an onsen hotel to relax and recharge. Upon entering the quaint hotel, the vivid colors of the entrance bring energy to visitors. The entire hotel is decorated in a flashy, yet tasteful manner which is sure to entertain and mesmerize guests of all ages. Upon checking in, visitors fill...

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